Primary pupils are very receptive to learning a new language. They are able and willing to mimic pronunciation without the inhibitions and self-consciousness of older students. They enjoy playing with the language and enjoy picking it up very quickly. Their sensitive ears help them pick up on and duplicate tricky sounds that adults, and even adolescents, often stumble upon.
Children gain a great sense of accomplishment from learning to say something in a foreign language – it’s like learning to crack a code! Language learning provides frequent opportunities to perform before an audience. This nurtures pupils’ self-esteem and self-confidence and develops strong interpersonal skills.
Here at Carrfield, all children in Key Stage 2 have the benefit of learning French. We believe that foreign language learning increases critical thinking skills, creativity, and flexibility of mind in young children. Pupils who learn a foreign language increase their density of ‘grey matter’ in the brain and synapses, that interconnect parts of the brain. Through studying a foreign language, grammatical concepts and rules in English become clearer. Children use what they have learned in one language to reinforce what they have learned in another. It also equips children with additional life skills and with opportunities to use and apply them in real life situations.
Our Modern Foreign Languages lessons are provided by Mrs Vikki Bruff. Mrs Bruff taught here at Carrfield for a number of years and we are delighted she has agreed to bring French to Carrfield with her MFL company VB Primary Languages.