Our aim at Great Missenden Primary School is to develop an enthusiastic and positive attitude to other languages and language learning. It also important to us to celebrate all languages spoken in our school, learning about similarities and differences and respecting others. We encourage a life-long love of language learning among our pupils in order to enhance their understanding of the world and their future economic well-being.
Studying a language in primary school provides children with skills that are essential for the twenty-first century. Primary languages are about fun, communication, confidence building and developing learning strategies. As well as giving our students the opportunity to learn other languages, an increasingly important skill in our globalised society, we help students to develop a broader intercultural understanding of the world.
What does Language Learning look like at Great Missenden School?
- Every child receives a 1 hour dedicated Languages lesson each week delivered by a specialist Languages teacher
- KS 1 study Spanish through songs, stories and dance
- Year 3 study German for the first half of the year and Mandarin for the second half of the year.
- Year 4 study Latin during the Autumn and Spring term and move to studying French during the Summer term.
- Years 5 and 6 study French
- Lessons are closely linked the curriculum which enhances the overall teaching and learning experience.
- The skills acquired in language lessons during Key Stages 1 and 2 can be transferred and will prepare students for a variety of languages they are likely to encounter at secondary level.
The new National Curriculum in Primary Languages requires, amongst other things, that substantial progress be made in one language across the key stage. Our aim at Great Missenden is “lay the foundations” for foreign language learning at KS3 by teaching high quality French lessons in Years 4,5 and 6.
By the Summer term of year 4, our students are excited about starting French and already enthused with a love of languages. With their thirst for knowledge about the world, they see the start of French as a fresh and exciting new challenge.
Pupils are taught to:
- listen attentively to spoken French and show understanding by joining in and responding
- explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
- engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help
- speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
- develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases
- present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences
- read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
- appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
- broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary
- write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly
- describe people, places, things and actions orally and in Year 6, develop their writing skills
- understand basic French grammar including: feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English.
Class photos and Languages news
Year 4 Latin (Monday 5th November)
Don't forget to bring in your aprons this week as we are making Roman biscuits.
The ingredients are:
2 cups of rolled oats
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 tablespoons of molasses
a quarter of a cup of raisins
Key vocabulary this week:
cibus - food
edo - I eat
bibo - I drink
aqua - water
dinner - cena