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Woodvale Primary Academy

Modern Foreign Languages

Modern Foreign Languages at Woodvale Primary Academy

“Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures.” (Department for Education, 2013)

At Woodvale Primary Academy, children learn French. Our lessons are taught by their regular class teachers to ensure continuity and routine; with lessons delivered in an energetic, positive and thus impactful way.
Children begin their language journey with French in Year 3. French lessons are taught weekly for a minimum of 30 minutes. We recognise the importance of the regular revision of past learning through cross- curricular links. This means that we try to encourage children to include their knowledge of languages into other aspects of their study.

French at Woodvale is taught through a combination of eye-catching presentations that focus on correct pronunciation, memory games and low-stakes quizzes amongst peers which are designed to produce increased levels of oracy and follow the objectives of the National Curriculum KS2 languages programme of study.

Each lesson builds on previously taught grammatical structures and provides ample opportunities for speaking and listening, with written work where relevant. Lessons are interactive and French is spoken as much as possible. Comprehensive lesson overviews are captured within  ‘floor books’ which remain in respective classrooms for easy access, affording children an opportunity to revisit their learning when desired.

At Woodvale, we believe that the key to fostering a love of foreign languages is to bring the vibrant culture of French-speaking countries to life and through continual celebration of native speakers within our school. By the time children reach the end of Year 6, they will have covered a diverse curriculum giving them a seamless transition into language studies within secondary education and developing lifelong learners who tackle Modern Foreign Languages with enthusiasm and genuine interest.