At Trinity we believe that, considering the global world we live in, language learning is vitally important. We hope to encourage positive, tolerant attitudes to other cultures and beliefs as well as the joy and excitement of unlocking part of another culture through communication in another language.
In the Early Years Reception class children are introduced to the idea of different countries, habits and languages through a class toy called Bruno who comes from Italy! They are sensitive to his needs and how difficult it is when we can’t communicate with others. The children learn songs and games as well as stories in Italian as they play with him.
In KS1 this positive, fun introduction to languages continues and the children enjoy learning songs and playing games in French. Often activities are cross curricular and lots of lovely warm ups with French action songs can be done for PE!
In KS2, in keeping with other first schools in our area, we use the ‘Catherine Cheater’ scheme of work. This focuses mainly on spoken French, finger rhymes, stories and songs. The children are encouraged to think more about the structure and spelling of the key words, phrases and sentences they use. Year 4 still enjoy a range of fun games, songs and stories but begin to focus on how to write simple phrases and sentences too in preparation for Middle School.