According to the National Curriculum, learning a foreign language 'provides an opening to other cultures'. Here at St. Thomas of Canterbury, we have chosen to teach German in KS2. Miss. Chronnell has a degree in Modern Languages with Communication Studies, and will deliver lessons every Thursday morning.
Children are encouraged to:-
- Listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
- Engage in conversations, ask and answer questions, express opinions and respond to those of others, and seek clarification and help
- 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, including through using a dictionary
- Write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, expressing their ideas clearly
- Describe people, places, things and actions in speech and in writing
Topics that have already been covered in Autumn 1 include:-
- numbers 0-10
In the coming term, we will be revising these topics as well as introducing:-
- hobbies and interests
- food and drink
- the school day
Our children look forward to German lessons and because of their young minds and instinctive curiosity, seem to retain new vocabulary almost effortlessly. They are often heard practicing new words and phrases in the school corridors!