'Language is a window to the world' - Susanna Zaraysky
At Tywardreath School our vision is to create a safe and stimulating environment where all children feel they belong and are able to challenge themselves, take risks and flourish both academically and socially. To develop our children so that they value and respect their own and others individuality, culture and heritage. We are committed to providing a place of excellence with high standards.
To achieve our vision all our children should:
- Enjoy their primary school years and develop high self-esteem regardless of ‘academic’ ability.
- Feel safe and secure and have a passion for learning and experience success.
- Develop perseverance, flexibility, independence in a wide range of learning skills.
- Be well mannered, respecting themselves, others and the environment.
- Make a positive contribution to the school and the wider community.
- Enjoy equal opportunities to succeed
- Develop lively, inquiring minds and become confident communicators.
- Experience teaching of the highest quality and develop core skills to a high level.
- Appreciate the beauty, the diversity of the world and their duty to protect it.
- To open their mind to a world wider than their own.
- To develop and introduce a difference culture, tradition and beliefs
- To provide children with reading, writing, listening and spoken skills in another language
- To use another language in an everyday context.
- To provide the children with a balanced and broad education.
Learning a foreign language is a necessary part of being a member of a multi-cultural society and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster children’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable children to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to it, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping children to study and work in other countries.
The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources.
- Speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.
- Can write at varying lengths, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures they they have learnt.
- Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.
Children will receive a 30-45 minutes session of explicit MFL teaching per week throughout Key Stage 2.
Children have weekly lessons in French throughout Key Stage 2, using the resources and units of work from Twinkl’s Planit French, in addition to other resources.
In Lower KS2, children acquire basic skills and understanding of French with an emphasis placed on developing their speaking and listening skills. These will be embedded and further developed in upper KS2, alongside reading and writing, gradually progressing onto more complex language concepts and greater learner autonomy.
Pupil’s French knowledge is assessed at the end of each topic. We use a range of assessment for learning strategies including:
- Questioning, feedback and peer assessment
- Teacher assessment
- Low stake quizzing.
- Pupil conferencing.
It is intended that when children leave Tywardreath, they will have a natural curiosity and confidence to explore other countries, cultures and languages, accepting that, in a multi-lingual society it is a valuable skill to be able to communicate effectively with others in another language. They will be engaged and ready to continue language learning at Secondary School.