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At Gledhow we believe that learning a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. It helps them to develop their ability to communicate; building key skills in speaking and listening; as well as providing challenge, enjoyment and sparking an interest in learning another language. It also helps to give pupils a different perspective on the world by encouraging them to explore and appreciate aspects of their own culture and those of others.

As part of the National Curriculum for Key Stage 2, it is compulsory for all children to learn a modern or ancient foreign language, building their skills in understanding, speaking and writing and laying the foundation for further language learning as the children move on to secondary school. At Gledhow we have chosen to teach French and use the ‘Primary Languages Network’ scheme of work as a basis for this. However we feel that learning another language is something that all children benefit from so we begin our language learning with our very youngest children right down in Foundation stage!

To quote the National Curriculum, ‘A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world.’ And this is an ethos we aim to promote at Gledhow. Our programme of study offers children the opportunity to learn through age appropriate topics and themes, songs, games and ‘real life’ activities and experiences. Please refer to our ‘French Statement of Intent’ for a more detailed overview of the French curriculum on offer.

Coming soon… As well as learning French at Gledhow, we want to create opportunities to be able to celebrate all the languages spoken by our children! In order to do this, we will be launching our ’Language of the Month’ initiative. (More information to follow – please watch this space!)

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