At Dean Bank Primary and Nursery School, 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 their ability to communicate, including key skills of speaking and listening and extends their knowledge of how language works. Learning another language gives children a new perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others. The natural links between languages and other areas of the curriculum can enrich the overall teaching and learning experience.
All Key Stage 2 pupils are entitled to foreign language learning in school time. We recognise the value of this initiative and provide age-appropriate Primary Languages learning opportunities for all children in Years 3 – 6. The focus language taught in our school is French. The teaching in Phase 3 is based on the guidance material in the CGP ‘Salut’ scheme of work of MFL and supplementary material. Teachers use a variety of techniques to encourage the pupils to have an active engagement with MFL, including games, role-play and action songs.