At Northwick we aim to inspire our budding linguists to develop self-confidence and be brave enough to communicate in another language.
Languages are taught best through reviewing and consolidating key phrases. Language learners are able to experience the diverse world we live in and celebrate equality in all forms.
At Northwick we focus on French as a key language for children to experience. Other languages are also explored throughout their time with us. We aim to “lay the foundations" for foreign language learning at KS3, as stated in the National Curriculum.
We constantly review, question, sequence, model and practise in order to achieve end goals. Each lesson offers the opportunity to review previous knowledge and embed our key phrases and grammatical features of the language. This then probes the children’s learning more deeply, in turn stretching and challenging them.
Grammar underpins the core values of language learning, children are taught in small steps, scaffolding all the time to allow a deep and secure subject knowledge. The repetition of key phrases fosters independence in using them for real purpose with confidence and securely.
The children develop their skill set in order to communicate in the target language. The skill set is accumulative and progressive. Through Languages children make stronger connections with their English lessons, they clarify how their own language works.
Year 6 pupils have the option of experiencing a 5-day residential trip near Paris. It is a fantastic opportunity for the children to learn more about the French culture and to try out their language skills in real life situations: being out and about in French towns, visiting cafés, ordering food and buying souvenirs in shops.