At St Botolph’s’ Academy our vision for Modern Foreign Languages is that all our learners develop the necessary skills and confidence to consider themselves as ‘World Citizens’ who belong in a multicultural, mutually respectful world. We aim to support students to understand other countries and cultures so that they can be more open and adaptable to new experiences; ensuring that our curriculum provides cultural reference to target an understanding of our chosen language of French. The Academy is committed to developing strong, lifelong linguistic skills and to encourage students to become curious and interested in the world.
What does it look like in our Academy?
At St Botolph’s Academy, we believe that the learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. It helps them to develop communication skills, including the key skills of speaking and listening, and extends their knowledge of how language works. Learning another language gives our children a new perspective on the world, enabling them to developing a sense of inter-cultural understanding.
We provide learning opportunities for all pupils across the Academy from Upper Foundation Stage, through to Year 6. Our focus language is French.
These skills include:
- listening carefully and recognising sounds and combinations of sounds which are similar to, or different from, those of English;
- understanding and responding with increasing competence, accuracy and confidence in a range of situations;
- joining in with songs, rhymes, raps and stories which enable them to practise the sounds of the language in an enjoyable and non-threatening way;
- take part in conversations at an appropriate level, reacting to instructions and questions and expressing opinions and feelings
- memorising and reciting short texts.