The aim of teaching children another language is to give them a broader understanding of the world, to encourage their curiosity about other cultures and to enable them to begin to communicate with those who speak another language.
At Dymchurch, we teach children French in KS2 and hope to make language learning a fun and enjoyable experience that children will go on to develop further at secondary school.
We begin with lots of speaking and listening activities, allowing children to use the language in a practical context. Games and roleplays help to make the lessons fun and often allow children to remember vocabulary and phrases more easily. Lessons include a range of vocabulary and basic language structures which children can use to communicate about everyday topics, such as food and drink, sports, school, family etc.
Children will have opportunities to listen to stories and songs in French, so they can hear the patterns and sounds of the language, helping them develop their own pronunciation.
By the end of KS2 children should be able to do the following:
After learning a little about the gruesome history of the French Revolution, Year 6 created a fantastic café for our Bastille Day celebrations on Friday. They greeted each class and escorted them to the café, assisting children in Years 3, 4 and 5 to order un croissant or un pain au chocolat, washed down with un milkshake or un jus d’orange, then paying with a euro of course! Children in Years R, 1, and 2 all enjoyed some brioche, crêpes and un jus d’orange in class. Très bien fait et bravo Year 6!