Modern Foreign Languages

At Craven Primary Academy, we teach pupils a foreign language to develop their curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. We provide pupils with the foundation for learning further languages, equipping them to study and work in other countries in the future.

We strive to stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity of language and develop their awareness of cultural differences. We provide opportunities to embed the skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking necessary to enable pupils to use and apply their French learning in a variety of contexts and lay the foundation for future language teaching.

The high quality Modern Foreign Languages curriculum at Craven Primary Academy develops knowledge beyond the everyday experience of the children and inspires pupils to want to know more about the world in which they live. It provides them with the skills needed to be able to engage with the wider world, equipping them for life beyond the classroom and in their onward journey of language to Key Stage 3. Our chosen language is French, which is taught through the comprehensive and progressive ‘Language Angels’ scheme in Key Stage 2. The intent is that all pupils will develop a genuine interest and positive curiosity about foreign languages, finding them enjoyable and stimulating. Learning a second language will also offer pupils the opportunity to explore relationships between language and identity, develop a deeper understanding of other cultures and the world around them with a better awareness of self, others and cultural differences.

The four key language learning skills; listening, speaking, reading and writing are taught and all necessary phonics, grammar and vocabulary is covered in a logical and progressive way across the primary phase. This enables our pupils to use and apply their learning in a variety of contexts, laying down solid foundations for future language learning and also helping them to improve overall attainment in other subject areas.

Language Angels

Language Angels provides students with the opportunity to develop their French skills within the context of units linked to our other curriculum subjects. Students also complete phonics units in French to improve their pronunciation and phonetical awareness. Alongside our French lessons we also further enhance children’s understanding of the culture through celebrations such as ‘French Day’. In school, we further support our teaching of French by having a range of popular children’s stories in French for pupils to read, which are readily available to them.