The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:
understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of sources;
speak with increasing confidence and fluency, including through discussion and asking questions;
can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt;
discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.
Languages is a statutory subject for all pupils in Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6), but at Hereward our language teaching begins in Key Stage 1 and Reception. Our chosen foreign language is French and we use a wide variety of resources to support this. Additionally, in Year 6, the pupils complete a unit of work on Spanish.
We are also both fortunate and delighted to have been visited by a Mandarin speaking assistant, who worked within Years 2, 3 and 4. Please see below for a video of the children speaking in Mandarin.
French 'Goodbye' song
Our wonderful Nursery pupils sing a 'Goodbye' song in French at the end of their school day.
The children in 4H sing 'Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes' in Mandarin.
Year 6 sing a French song to our attendance mascot, Scooby Doo.
Singing a French song
The Hereward pupils teach each other the song 'Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes' in French.
Using French for everyday language choices
Watch some Hereward children converse in simple French.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar in French
Watch one of our pupils read this popular children's story in French.