Modern Languages – French

“A different language is a different vision of life.” – Federico Fellini

The INTENT of learning a language at Clearwell

Studying a foreign language enables pupils to not only learn about other cultures, but also, and more importantly, to communicate with others. Being able to speak to someone in a foreign language is a real privilege and it allows a greater understanding of differences, as well as similarities between people.

Learning a foreign language is an enjoyable and exciting new experience for many learners at Key Stage 2. Language learning at Clearwell is geared to engaging pupils in fun lessons, whilst allowing them a real sense of achievement from mastering new phrases and from using these to communicate effectively. We use a variety of techniques to support our pupils in their language-learning.  We follow the KAPOW planning (mixed year groups) and provide opportunities for pupils to practise and there will be some consolidation of their learning in the written form.

How languages are taught at Clearwell (Implementation)

  • Class teachers teach classes to create an environment of shared learning and support.
  • In Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, languages is not compulsory, however, we wish to engage our younger pupils in language learning as soon as possible.  Their curiosity will be encouraged by doing welcomes in different languages.
  • In Key Stage 2 language learning seeks to incorporate lots of games and activities so that there is an interactive and fun aspect, building to a greater depth and detail. about languages and cultures. Lessons comprise singing and games, as well as introducing and practising new vocabulary and phrases (Children learn French).

The IMPACT of learning a language at Clearwell

  • Children have the confidence to speak with good intonation and pronunciation.
  • Children are curious and deepen their understanding of the world
  • Resilient learners with a passion for languages and a commitment to the subject.
  • Children with an ability to use language creatively, and with some spontaneity.
  • Inquisitive learners who are able to infer the meaning of individual words and short phrases.