At Connor Downs Academy, we aim to foster our children’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world around them. In EYFS and Key Stage 1, our children are afforded the opportunity explore modern foreign languages as part of their broad and balanced curriculum. For example, in EYFS, our children learn basic French greetings as part of their Understanding the World provision.
In Key Stage 2, as part of their statutory programme of learning, our children are taught to express their thoughts and ideas in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. At Connor Downs Academy, our French curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:
  • Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources.              
  • Speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.                                                                                                            
  • Can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt.                                                                                                                  
  • Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.

It is our intent that when children leave Connor Downs Academy, they will have a natural curiosity and confidence to explore the cultures and languages of other countries, accepting that in a multi-lingual society, it is a valuable skill to be able to communicate effectively in another language. They will be engaged and prepared to continue their language learning in Key Stage 3.

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