- Be fun and accessible for all
- Develop children’s communication skills in order to help them express what they want to say
- Develop children’s wider perspective of the world
Language learning is an important skill at Holy Trinity and children from Year 3 to Year 6 learn French every week.
The curriculum developed specifically for Holy Trinity by the MFL Teacher and Leader, following on model of “Culturethèque” created by Catherine Cheater for the French cultural centre in London. Topics have been developed to compliment the curriculum in each year group.
Children develop the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing in French through the use of curriculum linked topics, traditional stories, songs, games, rhymes, raps and role plays. Pupils also make video recording of themselves when they do role-plays and presentations.
They develop their intercultural understanding by looking at authentic materials, studying life in different Francophone countries and immersing themselves in “real-life” situations where they can communicate with sympathetic native language speakers.
Actions are used for all words and phrases to support memorisation and the learning focuses on being active, lively and engaging. This is complimented by the use of Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL).
The aim is that they enjoy their experience of learning a language and develop competent communication skills.
A scheme of assessment and clear level descriptors have been created by the French teacher to track pupil progress.
Languages learning events across the school
Language learning is celebrated across the school as a whole. Children develop their skills through French coffee mornings, assemblies, role plays, drama and traditional playground games and songs.
We celebrate a themed French day of activities. Different French speaking people visit the school to support intercultural awareness and language learning.
There are 32 languages spoken at Holy Trinity. These are celebrated with displays and ‘Language of the Week’. This focuses on the children who speak another language and gives children the opportunity to learn simple phrases to practise around school.