Foreign Languages

Foreign Languages at Wickhambreaux


At Wickhambreaux Primary school we aim to give each child the opportunity to learn an additional language as this liberates them from insularity, provides an opening to other cultures and equips them with the skills to be life-long language learners.
French is taught by Mme Holland who is a native speaker of French with a degree in Languages including Spanish and who has undergone extensive additional training in FL pedagogy. She is an experienced and dedicated Foreign Languages specialist teacher who aims to deliver successful lessons in which significant progress is made by pupils.  Her experience ranges from teaching nursery children to secondary school level.


 ‘I am so proud of my pupils and never cease to be amazed at the progress they make throughout their primary language learning journey.’ Mme Holland


At Wickhambreaux Primary school French is taught throughout the school, starting in the reception class to year 6. Lessons, of 30 minutes to an hour in length happen weekly and some class teachers remain in lessons to upskill themselves in the teaching of French.  We also cater for pupils with a linguistic flair in years 4 to 6 and offer them extra French lessons weekly.  

The current programme of study in Reception and KS1 has been developed by the specialist teacher and at KS2 we use the Lightbulb languages scheme of work ensuring coverage of reading, writing, speaking and listening and building in opportunities for children to revisit knowledge at varying degrees of complexity at a variety of points throughout the four years of study.

 

Our pupils love being language detectives and practising their language learning super skills which progress throughout the school.  In Reception, lessons are very engaging; we introduce vocabulary through songs, finger mimes, stories and games to ensure that the children develop a love for languages at an age when they are very receptive.  As the children progress through years 1 and 2 we continue to introduce children to new stories, songs, role-play and language activities to build and strengthen their reading, listening and speaking skills.  At KS2 we continue to build on these skills but we also focus on phonics, writing skills and provide the children with a deeper understanding of the French language, teaching them key grammatical concepts and sentence construction.  

 

Lessons are intended to be active, highly focused and fun, with children working as a whole class, in small groups, or in mixed-ability pairs to complete tasks at their individual level. Work is differentiated in a variety of ways to accommodate children in the same class who are all at different stages of their language-learning journeys. 
In addition to the study of French, children in years 5 and 6 have thirty minutes of Spanish weekly. This enables them to develop their fluency in another language and draw linguistic comparisons to deepen their understanding of French. 

 

Parents are often invited to our language Christmas show to witness what their children have been learning. Children can also occasionally enter language competitions which are also a good way to get parents involved in their children learning and it also supports learning at home.

 

The children are given the opportunity to find out about other languages and their rich cultural background through the European Language day; Food, traditions, music are often used to open a window onto other countries and get the children excited.

 

Other regular events include; The Day of the Dead, themed days  such as Bastille Day, Mardi Gras etc.  In the past we organised popular trips to Montreuil-Sur-Mer and in 2019 we took years 5 and 6 on a fantastic residential to Le château de la Baudonnière in Normandie.  These events offer the children the opportunity to focus on particular aspects ofthe culture of France and to use their language in a real-life context. 

Subject Leader Profile

MFL Lead Teacher Mme Holland

 

Licence de lettres, English/ Spanish, Université de Reims, Champagne-Ardenne
 

PGCE Modern languages, Manchester Metropolitan University
 

French is taught by Mme Holland who is a native speaker of French with a degree in Languages including Spanish and who has undergone extensive additional training in FL pedagogy. She is an experienced and dedicated Foreign Languages specialist teacher who aims to deliver successful lessons in which significant progress is made by pupils.  Her experience ranges from teaching nursery children to secondary school level.


 ‘I am so proud of my pupils and never cease to be amazed at the progress they make throughout their primary language learning journey.’ Mme Holland

Vision Statement

 

At Wickhambreaux primary school we strongly believe that learning a foreign language is a very valuable experience.  Our vision is that our pupils will develop a genuine enthusiasm for languages matched by a high level of confidence and competence in their learning.  


We intend to equip our pupils with deep communication and literary skills so that they become all-round global citizens ready for the secondary setting and a rapidly changing world.


Through learning French, we hope that our pupils will develop an awareness of other people’s cultures and traditions which will foster an understanding and respect in our multi-cultural and multi-lingual society. 

Policy

Foreign Languages

School Curriculum Maps

Knowledge Organisers


Year 3 & 4 Term 1: Numbers

 

Year 5 & 6 Term 1: Numbers

 
 
 
 
 
 

Contact Us

Wickhambreaux CEP School 

The Street

Wickhambreaux 

Canterbury 

CT3 1RN

Email Contact: Christine Stephenson (School Secretary)

christines@wickhambreaux.kent.sch.uk

Phone: 01227 721 300

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