Flair for French broadens horizons

Pictured are Owen Brown, Joshuah Wright, Kenzie Ashworth, Thomas Hartley, Erin Roberts, Maiya Battersby, Ella Leys and Mrs Diane Barlow
Pictured are Owen Brown, Joshuah Wright, Kenzie Ashworth, Thomas Hartley, Erin Roberts, Maiya Battersby, Ella Leys and Mrs Diane Barlow

OFSTED has praised the excellent progress made by a primary school in implementing foreign languages.

During a visit to Shade Primary School as part of the modern languages survey programme, inspectors found that pupils thoroughly enjoy their French lessons and speak confidently.

Inspector Joan Davis said: “Listening skills are well developed and pupils have access to a wide range of books in the foreign language.

“Pupils’ writing skills are particularly accomplished and they apply grammatical rules effectively.

“By the time they reach year six, pupils can write creatively, accurately and at length in the foreign language.”

The quality of teaching is good with outstanding elements.

Mrs Davis said: “Teachers demonstrate considerable enthusiasm and passion for learning languages and they communicate this highly effectively to pupils.

“A palpable sense of fun is evident in lessons, and a wide range of sometimes ingenious activities engages and enthuses all pupils.

“Special events showcase languages, such as the European Languages Day, when pupils enjoy a range of activities such as using foreign currency and eating foreign foods.

“This helps to enhance their awareness of other cultures.

“The recent establishment of a link with a French primary school is now providing pupils with the opportunity to communicate by email with their peers in France.”

The school believes strongly that learning a language can improve pupils’ transferable skills and broaden their horizons.

Headteacher Jan Dawson said: “The subject survey was really exciting for our children, who thoroughly enjoyed showing off their skills including singing, reading, writing and speaking in French.

“We were particularly pleased to have the good standard of teaching in modern foreign languages at Shade School validated.”