Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.
National Curriculum 2014
At Oldfield, the children learn French as this is also a popular choice in many High Schools in Ealing.
We provide the appropriate balance of spoken and written language so that children can understand basis concepts of grammar and etiquette, whichever language they chose to study at Key Stage 3. All children are provided with Oldfield's “Manuel de Français,” a reference pamphlet to remind them of key vocabulary in lessons. In addition, the curriculum is designed so that topics are regularly revisited each year to promote retention of vocabulary.
In the overview below, we have provided the language structures and vocabulary for each year group so Parents/Carers who wish to practice with their children, will know what has been covered in class.