At Moor Green Primary Academy, our languages curriculum is designed and adapted to engage, support and challenge all pupils from our diverse range of social and cultural backgrounds.

It is designed to give all pupils, particularly the most disadvantaged and pupils with SEND, the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. It is coherently planned and sequenced towards cumulatively sufficient knowledge and skills for future learning and employment. Through languages, pupils explore a range of cultures.  Experiencing various languages broadens students’ cultural capital and encourages a greater sense of community within our school.  The same threshold concepts are explored in every year group as students gradually increase their understanding of them.

We understand that learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening into other cultures. It fosters pupils’ curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world, enabling them to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing.  

Throughout their school lives at Moor Green, pupils are taught to understand, read and speak a range of languages. In Early Years and Key Stage One, pupils learn how to understand and speak greetings, simple phrases and sentences in a range of languages, such as sign language, Indonesian and Germany. They explore these through singing, chants and rhymes. 

In Key Stage Two, the focus is on enabling pupils to make substantial progress in one language: French. The teaching provides an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and lays the foundations for further foreign language teaching at key stage 3. 

Rigolo is an exciting French course for Key Stage 2. It is not a traditional language course as it combines a variety of digital and traditional media. Its structure serves the purpose of making French accessible and exciting to pupils. The course is closely matched to the Key Stage 2 Framework, both in its selection of teaching and learning activities, and in its promotion of language-learning strategies and development of knowledge about how the language works.

In Key Stage 2, children will be taught to:

  • Engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others 
  • Speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures 
  • Develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases 
  • Present ideas and information orally 
  • Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing 
  • Broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material
  • Write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly 
  • Describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing 

By the time pupils leave Moor Green they have the capacity, curiosity and confidence to continue their foreign language journey.  They will flourish creatively, as both independent learners and as contributors to the wider community, achieving a rich and full life.