At Lavendon School we value the importance of learning a foreign language. We feel it is an important part of being a member of a multi-cultural society as it provides children with an opening to other cultures and allows them to see, value and learn about other societies.
French is the key language taught from Year 1-6, although a focus on German in the upper phase adds further breadth and understanding of languages. Children receive weekly lessons in French, which focuses on immersing them in the language and culture of France.
In Key Stage 1, we focus on the children hearing and saying key words, such as numbers and days of the week. These lessons set the foundations for the children’s learning as they move into Key Stage 2, where they build on prior knowledge and start to read and write in French, as well as speak it.
Where possible, we bring the learning back to the children and always endeavour to make it realistic and purposeful through reading familiar stories such as, La chenille qui fait des trous (The Very Hungry Caterpillar), or learning parts of the body, which also links to learning in science.
We see language teaching in our school as the foundation for learning further languages and hope that we provide the foundations for our children to go forward with their studies through secondary education.