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Flanshaw Junior, Infant & Nursery School

Flanshaw Junior, Infant & Nursery School

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At Flanshaw JIN School, we are committed to providing Modern Foreign Language learning in order to develop the language learning skills that the pupils will use and develop upon as they move into Key Stage 3. The focus language taught throughout Key Stage 2 at Flanshaw is French, and we use planning and resources from the Language Angels online platform. We firmly believe that learning a foreign language will foster children's curiosity and deepen their knowledge and understanding of the world around them. It can provide a valuable insight to the cultures and societies where French is the predominant language. The skills, knowledge and understanding gained through learning a foreign language can make a major contribution to children's understanding of their own cultures and the cultures of others. At Flanshaw, we believe that language is at the heart of all learning. It is how information is received and communicated from the earliest stages of our development. Therefore, learning a language helps to develop the understanding of the many purposes for which language is used.  


The programme used in order to teach French at Flanshaw provides many practical scenarios for verbal and written communication. Language learning at Flanshaw School is intended to give learners increased opportunities for verbal communication. We believe this will enhance confidence and the willingness children have to participate in purposeful dialogue; experimenting with language and using it creatively. Lessons are taught to develop an interest in learning other languages in a way that is enjoyable and stimulating. The key language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing are central to each unit of the programme, and the curriculum is built around the three building blocks of language: phonics, vocabulary and grammar.


Throughout KS2 the children will build on their prior learning and also acquire new knowledge through a variety of topics. As the children progress through KS2, the expectation of oral and especially written work increases. Starting at simple words and sentences in Lower Key Stage 2 to drawing upon previous and new knowledge in Upper Key Stage 2 in order to begin producing short paragraphs linked with the topics they are learning within class. Oral and written work encourages the children to include all of the skills they have acquired throughout their time learning French.