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. However, we are excited to announce that from September 2018, all children will be taught Spanish once a week in place of French.
Currently, languages are taught through vocabulary games, singing songs and storytelling. In Key Stage 2, the children build on their earlier experiences. 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.
This year, we have linked up with a school in Meylan, France. All children in Year 5 now have a French pen pal and the children have enjoyed their correspondence so far! We hope to continue this link going forward into next school year.
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.