Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education is a way of fostering pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. At Cherrywood, we open the door to enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing.
Using the well-reviewed Language Angels scheme of work as guidance, children build progressively on the skills of speaking and listening, reading and writing through exposure to quality texts and authentic songs and rhymes, as well as having the opportunity to practise their listening skills through the use of interactive online activities which can be completed in class or at home.
At Cherrywood, we strongly believe that the study of a foreign language prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly carried out in languages other than English. Pupils use French to communicate information responsibly, respectfully, creatively and without discrimination. Through language learning children develop a tolerance and understanding of life in other countries but more importantly, are exposed to the many similarities that also exist between us.
MFL is also about the broader curriculum – about understanding language and identity, about developing an international outlook, and about learning. Increased capability in the use of languages promotes initiative and independent learning and encourages diversity within society.
Our aim is to develop a desire within our children to learn further languages in the future, equipping them to study and work in other countries if they so wish.