Modern Foreign Language at Christ Church
We offer time-tabled French lessons from Y3 to Y6.
In the Early Years and Key Stage 1, a variety of languages are celebrated through counting, greetings, songs and stories, as appropriate in various classroom situations.
At Christ Church, we believe that learning a foreign language is important because:
- Through the study of a foreign language, pupils understand and appreciate different countries, cultures, people and communities – feel the pleasure and joy that it brings as well as the curiosity and global awareness it fosters
- Pupils also learn about the basic structures of language. They explore the similarities and differences between the foreign language they are learning and English or another language, and learn how language can be manipulated and applied in different ways.
- Their listening, reading and memory skills improve, and their speaking and writing become more accurate. The development of these skills, together with the pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the structure of language, lay the foundations for future study of other languages
- Competent speakers of another language communicate with people from other countries and cultures through speaking, listening, reading and writing
Y5 also learn Latin and Greek.
We know that studying classics:
- Develops English literacy: students of Latin achieve a deep understanding of grammar which encourages accurate use of language. From the very early stages, concepts of singular and plural, tenses and case usage are taught.
- Aids cultural literacy: Classical mythology forms the bedrock of much modern art and literature, and is constantly reworked in theatre and in the visual arts, film and pop-culture.
- Teaches the foundations of philosophy and history: The Romans as well as the Ancient Greeks have profoundly influenced western society and thought. They established the disciplines of philosophy and history and the foundations of our political systems.
- Encourages cultural insight: In some ways, the ancient Greeks and the Romans seem just like us, but in other ways, they are very different. This can lead students to reflect deeply about themselves and the lives of others – an important quality in a modern, multi-cultural society.
- Gives opportunities for wide-ranging thinking: Classical subjects encourage students to cross subject boundaries through thinking that touches on language, literature and civilisation.
- Allows for depth and breadth: The study of classical subjects is interdisciplinary. The subject can involve literature, history, philosophy and the visual arts.
Celebrating Other languages
We also celebrate the wonderful diversity of pupils in our school community, and organise for children to investigate and celebrate the cultures and nationalities of their peers.