At Swanbourne (KS2), we have chosen French as our foreign language programme of study.
Primary pupils are very receptive to learning a new language and gain a great sense of accomplishment from learning to say something in a foreign language. International studies have also shown that foreign language learning increases critical thinking skills, creativity and flexibility of mind in young children.
The children at Swanbourne enjoy a whole range of games, rhymes, songs and interactive activities as they learn to listen, speak and write in French. They experience a range of language to listen to in lessons in addition to the teacher’s voice, including sound files and DVD’s with native speakers, both adults and children. They also develop a cultural awareness and understanding of France as we learn about and compare different festivals and traditions.
Language learning also provides frequent opportunities for role play and performing before an audience in a fun and encouraging environment and this nurtures pupils’ self-esteem and self-confidence and develops strong interpersonal skills.