We believe that learning a language enriches the curriculum. It provides excitement, enjoyment and challenge for children and teachers, helping to create enthusiastic learners and to develop positive attitudes to language learning throughout life. The natural links between languages and other areas of the curriculum can enhance the overall teaching and learning experience. The skills, knowledge and understanding gained make a major contribution to the development of children’s oracy and literacy, and to their understanding of their own culture and those of others. Language also lies at the heart of ideas about individual identity and community, and learning another language can do a great deal to shape children’s ideas in this critical area, as well as giving them a new perspective on their own language.
Our curriculum is based upon the languages requirements from National Curriculum 2014 . It aims to ensure that all pupils:
- To foster an enjoyment and positive attitude towards the subject
- To promote an understanding of language
- To raise an awareness of cultural diversity
- To foster positive attitudes towards other countries
- To give confidence and competence to communicate at levels appropriate to the children’s ability
- To encourage learners to continue their studies
All KS2 children in The Gerrards Cross CE School are taught French. The curriculum is structured by the revised Bucks Schemes of Work.
French has been chosen as our main foreign language because
- France is one of our closest neighbours.
- Bucks Primary schools are encouraged to teach French so that children enter secondary school education with a similar experience and knowledge base
- There is a wide range of teaching resources, support materials and advice from the LEA.