Learning a foreign language provides an opening to other cultures and broadens children’s horizons. Through learning French, children’s curiosity is encouraged as they deepen their understanding of the world. Children express their ideas and thoughts in another language and understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech, and gradually, in writing. Learning French also provides opportunities for children to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and begin to read in another language. This primary school experience will provide the foundation for learning further languages, possibly one day equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.
The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:
- understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
- speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
- can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
- discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.