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At St Stephen’s, every child in Key Stage 2 has the opportunity to learn a foreign language.  We believe learning a foreign language inspires curiosity about the wider world and broadens children’s cultural understanding.  Our chosen core language is French.  There is also opportunity to learn other languages, including Spanish, in after school language clubs. 


Children develop an ability to understand and respond to spoken and written French, gradually building vocabulary and syntax.  The focus is on practical communication skills and children learn to ask and answer questions and hold simple conversations with increasing fluency and accuracy of pronunciation. 


At St Stephen’s we aim to make language learning fun and engaging for the children.  We do this through using songs, stories, drama and other interactive methods to suit the children’s needs and interests. 


National Curriculum Requirements:

Pupils should be taught to:

  • listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding

  • explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words

  • engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help

  • speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures

  • develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases

  • present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences

  • read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing

  • appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language

  • broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary

  • write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly

  • describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing