Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
The learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for the pupils at Stanford Junior and Infants School. Learning French helps our children to develop communication and literacy skills that lay the foundation for future language learning, as well as appreciate the origins and structure of English in more detail.
Learning another language raises awareness of the multilingual and multicultural world and introduces an international dimension to pupils’ learning, giving them an insight into their own culture and those of others. The learning of a foreign language also provides a medium for cross-curricular links and for reinforcement of knowledge, skills and understanding developed in other subjects.
We aim to foster an interest in learning other languages in a way that is enjoyable and fun. We hope to stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language, through developing their speaking and listening skills and laying the foundations for future study of foreign languages.
Why not try some of the following link to order to improve your French at home!
http://www.french-games.net/ - a wonderful site with plenty of interactive resources, games and activities for every level of French speaker
http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2french.html - loads of interactive resources to help you get to grips with basic vocab.
Mamalisa - poetry, songs and links from around the world
BBC - Primary French
Primary Resources - French: numbers, colours, animals, time, weather, food & drink, the body, clothing, friends & family, hobbies & sport, school, around town, seasonal
Momes.net - a fabulous French site, always up to the minute news, good for inter-cultural development
A series of Powerpoint documents todownload that build into a French language course.
As Pumpkin class enjoy learning foreign languages we arranged for a video call to Beijing so the children could learn about China and its language Mandarin. Approx 1 billion people in the world speak Mandarin making it the most spoken language in the world.
The children were able to speak to a teacher called Jining Wang who lives in China’s capital city. Jening showed us what her home looked like and showed us pictures of China’s famous places – the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China. She then taught the children how to say ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’ in Mandarin.
The children were really quick to grasp the language and the teacher was very impressed with them. She tried to catch the children out with a game of Simon Says but the children were too clever to be caught out!
This was a fantastic opportunity for the children, some of whom have never had video calls before, and they really enjoyed it. They were talking about it all day they were so excited.
见 (zài jiàn): See you again!
In Pumpkin Class we have been learning about the names of different animals in lots of different ways.
First we gave each animal an action to for us to do as we say the name, then we played a game of pairs and animal bingo. They children loved practising this language in lots of different ways