“One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.”
As Frank Smith said, language learning opens up a whole new world for our children, as well as a whole new world of opportunities. Our aim at Mere Green is to instil a lasting interest in language learning and an understanding and acceptance of other countries and cultures. We anticipate that pupils will have a solid understanding of French when they leave year 6, and are able to continue their language learning journey at Secondary School.
Our curriculum at Mere Green focuses on 3 core strands of learning – phonics, grammar and vocabulary. French is delivered through weekly lessons and is taught by a specialist French teacher. A different topic is taught each term, although prior learning is always referred to and built on. Knowledge organisers are an integral part of our lessons, as we use them to help with learning of vocabulary. They also contain phonics help, so that pupils can confidently say the new words. Learning is embedded through a variety of speaking and listening activities, games, and also through use of our online platform, showbie, so that children can practice at home.