At Holly Grove Primary School we teach Modern Foreign Languages to all our Key Stage 2 children in a fun and interactive way as part of an outstanding learning experience. Our aspiration is to ensure that all children make good progress through engagement and inspiration. We encourage them to develop skills and apply them in a variety of ways to communicate in a different language. We want to encourage our children to become aware of other cultures and languages around them so that they leave Holly Grove as responsible, happy citizens with some understanding of the French and German language and culture.
We believe that learning a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for pupils. They develop communication and literacy skills that lay the foundation for future learning of languages. Pupils develop linguistic competence, extend their knowledge of how language works and explore differences and similarities between a foreign language and English. Learning another language raises awareness of the multilingual and multicultural world around us. The learning of a foreign language provides a medium for cross-curricular links and for reinforcement of knowledge, skills and understanding developed in other subjects. At Holly Grove, children will acquire some knowledge and understanding of the different languages and cultures in the world today.
In Year 3/4 French is taught to all three classes by the same teacher, who has an A-level in French and in Year 5/6 German is taught to all three classes by a German speaking class teacher, therefore ensuring consistent high quality teaching for all KS2 children. Teaching both French and German in our school allows for greater progression and utilises the skills we have among our teaching staff. The children at Holly Grove love learning languages and make good progress in the lessons.