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Flanshaw Junior, Infant & Nursery School

Flanshaw Junior, Infant & Nursery School

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At Flanshaw School we are committed to providing Modern Foreign Language learning, beginning in the Early Years and developing skills throughout the pupil’s journey through to the end of Key Stage 2. At Flanshaw School, the focus language taught across our school is French following the Wakefield Local Authority produced schemes; Little Languages from Upper Foundation to the end of Year 2, moving on to Le Jolie Ronde from years 3 to the end of year 6. 

At Flanshaw School 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 a predominant language. We believe that the skills, knowledge and understanding gained through learning a foreign language make a major contribution to children’s understanding of their own cultures and the cultures of others. At Flanshaw School 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 schemes used in order to teach French at Flanshaw School provide 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. 



Children in EYFS and KS1 will primarily focus on listening and understanding with some basic speaking using simple vocabulary such as greetings, numbers and some colours. Our primary focus is on children building a foundation for further learning. The children will follow an auditory and visual approach to learning French through being exposed to pictures, stories and songs. Children will be actively encouraged to use the French they have learnt within their environment such as answering the register in French, greeting their friends and saying goodbye at the end of the day. 



Throughout KS2 the children will build on their prior learning and also acquire new knowledge through a variety of topics. Children at Flanshaw will build up their knowledge through speaking, listening, reading and writing. As the children progress through Year groups the expectation of oral and 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 to begin producing short paragraphs linked with the topics they are learning within class. Oral and written work encouraged the children to include all of the skills they have acquired throughout their time learning French.