Modern Foreign Languages
Modern Foreign Languages at St Dominic School
At St Dominic, children are taught French in Key Stage 2. Each class has an hour French lesson every two weeks. Throughout the week, teachers will take the opportunity to speak French at other times (for example at registration) and encourage children to respond in French. Children in Key Stage 1 are introduced to the French language in a similar way with some classroom instructions spoken in French. Children in Key Stage 1 also have the opportunity to attend an extra-curricular Spanish club – unfortunately this is not running at the moment due to constraints imposed by the pandemic.
We aim to lay the foundations for further foreign language teaching at Key Stage 3. We want our pupils to be able to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing. We aim to achieve this by listening to stories, learning songs and rhymes, playing games and engaging in conversations.
One of the highlights of the school year is our French Day. The whole school comes off timetable so that we can celebrate the French language and culture with a whole range of fun and engaging activities. Last year, the theme was French Artists with each class focusing on an artist and their work. The children used their knowledge of their artist as inspiration for their own piece of art work. We were amazed by the children’s efforts and abilities. Some of their art work is currently displayed in our Hall.
Above all, we want our pupils to enjoy learning a new language and to be aware of the world around us and the people who live here.