The main objective of teaching a modern foreign language in Key Stage 2 is to promote the early development of a child's linguistic competence, provide the foundation for learning further languages and foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world.
Pupils in Key Stage 2 are taught specific skills, concepts and vocabulary in dedicated lessons by a specialist language teacher. In the Early Years Foundation Stage and Year One, language is introduced in incidental sessions and in Year Two, more formalised language learning takes place to ensure children are ready to access the Key Stage Two curriculum. The learning will be in French and taught by a specialist teacher on a Thursday.
Pupils should be taught to:
-listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
-explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
-engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help
-speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
-develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases
-present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences
-write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly
-describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing
-understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English.
-read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
-broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary