At Willowcroft this year children throughout the school learn French. This gives all children an opportunity to get to know one language really well and therefore be confident in MFL for their transition to secondary school.
Currently, languages are taught through vocabulary games, singing songs and storytelling, primarily using a teaching programme called Salut. In Key Stage 2, the children build on their earlier experiences and previously learnt language is revised and consolidated as new vocabulary and grammatical structures are introduced. Listening skills are developed and there is more focus on correct pronunciation and intonation when speaking. Reading and writing activities are gradually introduced. In addition to language skills, pupils gain an awareness of different countries and cultures.
Last year, we linked up with a school in Meylan, France. All children in Year 5 had the opportunity to write to a French pen pal! This year, these children are continuing to correspond with French pen pals and base their French lessons around writing letters to their pen pal.
There are also opportunities after school for children to develop their foreign language skills. Miss Miller runs an after school Spanish club throughout the year which is enjoyed by all children who attend. For the past two years, Willowcroft have hosted a student teacher from Loyola University in Spain. The students who spend time here have opportunities to teach spanish lessons to small groups of pupils and this has been very successful so far.