Modern Foreign Languages at HMS
Through teaching a foreign language at Hanborough Manor Primary School, we aim to liberate our children from insularity and provide an opening to other cultures. Our languages curriculum at Hanborough Manor has been designed to be rich in both skills and knowledge to kindle the natural curiosity within children whilst also promoting diversity and tolerance of other cultures.
Our curriculum aims to instil a love of language learning and an awareness of other cultures. We want the children at Hanborough Manor to develop confidence to communicate in French for practical purposes, using both written and spoken French. By focusing on one main language, we aim to provide deeper and richer learning opportunities for all children as well as increased confidence in teaching from teachers. Due to this change, some year groups may be recapping/learning content from previous year groups. In year 6, an additional language – Mandarin - is introduced. We have a visiting professional delivering these sessions once per week.
At Hanborough Manor we follow the National Curriculum, which aims to ensure that all pupils:
- understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
- speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
- 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.
At Hanborough Manor, teachers are supported in their planning through the use of Kapow. The Kapow French scheme of work is designed with six strands that run throughout: speaking and pronunciation, listening, reading and writing, grammar, intercultural understanding and language detective skills. The scheme is progressive and ensures that skills taught are developed to ensure that attainment targets are securely met by the end of KS2.
Through the use of a spiral curriculum, with key skills and vocabulary being revisited repeatedly with increasing complexity, this allows our pupils to revise and build upon previous learning. Cross-curricular links are included throughout which allows children to make connections and apply their language skills to other areas of their learning.