Being a Linguist
“To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world.”
The teaching of French at Charlton provides excitement, enjoyment and challenge for children, helping to create enthusiastic learners and to develop positive attitudes to language learning through life. Our French curriculum is designed to progressively develop children’s acquisition of skills, and their ability to use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary organised around particular themes. Children are encouraged and supported to develop their speaking and listening skills through conversational work, singing activities and games and then, as their confidence and skills grow, the children are exposed to written French and start writing phrases and sentences in their books.
At Charlton Primary School, we give the children opportunities to practise language in a fun context: organising French cafés in Years 4 and 6; in Year 5, singing a French song in the school’s Christmas celebrations and performing a nativity play or a play based on a familiar fairy tale in Year 6.
We teach languages to all children, whatever their ability, in accordance with the school curriculum policy of providing a broad and balanced education to all children. In French, we provide learning opportunities that all children can access.
The study of languages is a stimulating and exciting activity at any age. Learning a language enables children to
- a) develop the ability to communicate
- b) gain insight into another culture
- c) develop an awareness of the nature of language
- d) promote learning skills and
- e) provide enjoyment and intellectual stimulation.
At Charlton Primary School, we aim to foster an interest in learning other languages and to introduce young children to another language in a way that is enjoyable and fun. We encourage children’s confidence and creative skills and strive to stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language. The necessary skills to enable children to use and apply their French learning in a variety of contexts include listening, speaking, reading, and writing. These skills will lay the foundations for future language learning, and are embedded within a well-structured curriculum.