At Fairfield, children benefit from a progressive teaching approach when it comes to learning languages.
Children learn French from Kindergarten, when they begin to enjoy typical French songs such as ‘Alouette’ and ‘Sur le pont d’Avignon’ in addition to numbers, colours, and some animal and food words.
We continue to expand our knowledge of French up to Year 2, singing songs, listening to French books and watching adverts and Peppa Pig in French.
In Year 3, language learning is broadened with the introduction of Italian. In Year 4 and 5, children enjoy a year learning Spanish and a year learning German. In Year 6 we return to French in preparation for our move to Senior Schools.
Children learn about cultural events in different countries, such as Epiphany, la Tomatina in Spain and Karneval in Germany. Children enjoy using iPads to create short videos about themselves.
Children participate in role play where they use language skills in different situations, such as buying food and drink in ‘la Boulangerie Fairfield’ and enjoying a French breakfast together. They also enjoy producing a Spanish weather broadcast.
Children are also given the opportunity to explore additional languages less frequently taught in schools using specialist computer software. These include Japanese, Chinese, Telugu, Russian, Latin, Italian and Kazakh, all of which have been chosen to challenge and stimulate young children.
We have a strong record of success in the National Junior Language Challenge, In 2018 Alyssia and Kamron secured top 10 places in the London Final. And in 2014 Yash was the very proud winner of the competition.
Please click here to read more about our approach to the teaching of modern foreign languages.