One of the main benefits to children learning modern foreign languages at primary school is a social one as it gives the children an opportunity to learn about cultures from a different country.
At Veritas, we choose to teach French as this supports their transition into local secondary schools that also teach French. Lessons are provided weekly by a specialist tutor, Madame Wood, for children in Years 1 to 6.
Children are taught the skills needed to communicate confidently in French as well as to express their thoughts and ideas both in speech and writing. Children demonstrate their ability in French during lessons through conversations with other pupils/teachers and work completed during lessons.
The Lingua Certificate Awards are the outcome of a European project. The award assess and acknowledges young learners linguistic achievements in the early stages of foreign language learning. Assessments are measured against The Languages Ladder and the Key Stage 2 framework.
The Languages Ladder is designed to assess progress across all four skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Each skill is assessed separately and are graded at Bronze, Silver and Gold:
- The Bronze level can be assessed after 2 years of language learning
- The Silver level after 3 or 4 years
- The Gold level is aimed at the higher achieving children after 4 years
The Lingua Badge Award (Bronze, Silver and Gold) is given when all skills have been met.