We are fortunate to have a specialist French teacher on our staff team who teaches French across the school from Year 3 to Year 6, enabling all children to develop their linguistic skills from a young age.
Modern Foreign Languages
Since 2014, language learning has been made compulsory in primary schools in England for children aged 7 to 11. This means that at Townley, children in KS2 (Years 3,4,5 and 6) have a French lesson usually once a week.
During the January-March lockdown, parents of children in the above years will have seen the lessons assigned. Emperor continued with their topic of Family and Emerald worked on Fruits.
All lessons look at the four skills involved in the learning of any language (Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing) but also at how the language works through the teaching of grammar. However, what I value most of all is the children having a go and trying their best.
Last week, the children had an assembly on French Language Day. UN French Language Day was celebrated on March 20, 2021. The event was established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2010. The day is observed annually in order to celebrate multilinguism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six of its official working languages throughout the organization.
March 20th was chosen as the date for the French language since it coincides with the 40th anniversary of the International Organization of La Francophonie.
French is a Romance language spoken as a first language in France, the Romandy region of Switzerland, Wallonia and Brussels in Belgium, Monaco, the province of Québec and the Acadia region in Canada, the north of the U.S. state of Louisiana, and by various communities elsewhere.