At St. Nicholas CE Primary Academy, we teach French to our KS2 children using the Kapow scheme of work. We believe that the learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. It helps them to develop communication skills including key skills of speaking and listening and extends their knowledge of how language works. Learning another language gives children a new perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others.
We have established links with Saint-Joseph, Saint-Andre-Lez-Lille in France. The children have pen pals, who they write to throughout the year.
In recent years, the children have visited the France and the French children have visited us. The children in Year 6 also participated in a music project with the French school. Together, we created a music video in French about environmental issues.
We have also participated in teacher exchanges to further establish our links. The pupils were able to ask questions about France and our partner school. The teacher also taught the children some French. Our teacher did the same in the French school.
Every year, we celebrate Bastille Day across the whole school. The children learn about French culture and history. We also team up with our local secondary school to deliver workshops.
As well as French, pupils participate in European Languages Day every year where they get to experience a language other than French. We often encourage our EAL children to share their languages or invite their relatives in to work with the children.
At St. Nicholas, we provide the children with many opportunities to experience MFL. We often sing songs.