Subject leader: Azra Zaffer-Thompson
Learning a foreign language is a necessary part of being a member of a multi-cultural society. It helps children to develop a broader appreciation of others, and deepens their understanding of the world. At Charing we want our pupils to gain the confidence to communicate for practical purposes, using both written and oral French. We use the ‘Lightbulb languages’ scheme which is designed to motivate children from the first moment and has clear, achievable objectives incorporating different learning styles. Children are encouraged to learn through active participation in actions, rhymes, stories and song. Pupils from year 3 to year 6 progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary organised around relevant topics. French is taught weekly in a whole class setting for 30 minutes.