The core foreign language taught at Mitcheldean Endowed Primary school is French. Our curriculum ensures that all pupils in KS2 receive the required level of French teaching to enable them to progress to KS3. As a school we are aware that we live in a relatively sheltered area and that we can use our French curriculum to open the children’s eyes to the wider world. This will better equip them for multi-cultural opportunities later in life. We follow the “Rising Stars” curriculum and the children are given the opportunity to learn through fun and engaging weekly sessions. All children’s skills progress throughout the key stage in speaking, listening, reading and writing. The teaching of a modern foreign language also gives children a better understanding of their native language and allows them to reinforce their grammar, syntax and sentence structure in both languages.
It is also our aim to better equip our pupils for later life, where in the wider world opportunities will arrive that require a second language. It is a well-known fact that French is a great stepping stone for learning other languages too, so familiarising children with this at this early stage is a paramount step on their educational path.