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At Peatmoor School we believe that the learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for the pupils.  Pupils develop communication and literacy skills that lay the foundation for future language learning.

At Peatmoor we use a variety of techniques to encourage the children to have an active engagement in the modern foreign language: these include games, role-play, action songs and stories. We use puppets and soft toys to demonstrate the foreign language, and we also invite native speakers into the classroom to provide an excellent model of the spoken language as well as to involve the children in learning about the culture of country. We use mime to accompany new vocabulary as this serves to demonstrate the language without the need for translation. We emphasise listening, responding and speaking skills in KS2 with the addition of simple reading and writing skills.

We use a multi-sensory and kinaesthetic approach to teaching i.e. we try to introduce a physical element into some of the games, rhymes and songs as we believe this serves to reinforce memory. We make lessons as enjoyable as possible so that the children develop a positive attitude to the learning of modern foreign languages. We build the children’s confidence through praise for any contribution they make however tentative.