Foreign Languages

What do our children think?

"I like learning German numbers. I like German because it's all different. "

" I think German is fun and we are in England right now and it's good to learn a different language - if you went to Germany and you found a friend and they spoke German you won't understand them so that's why you have to learn German. It's a really good language and everyone should be speaking it."

"It's good I like learning about colours and stuff. The lessons are good because you can learn about colours in German. I like learning about animals. "

" I like German because it's fun and we get to learn a different language.  I like playing elevens German game. "

"Learning a foreign language ... provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.” 


Our Foreign Languages curriculum is underpinned by key speaking, listening, reading and writing skills and the children’s immersion in another culture. At Grappenhall Heys, we encourage our children to develop a “have a go” attitude and take risks as they learn a new language and acquire knowledge and skills. The beginnings of language exploration relate to experiences at home and on holidays. Our Foreign Languages curriculum immerses the children in learning about culture in exciting and active ways, such as food sampling and story-telling. Songs and poems are central across the curriculum, and art is used to showcase learning and to promote speaking and listening. Active, game-based exploration of language and the whole-class production of a language book supports reading and writing in Key Stage 2. 

We embrace all opportunities to relate the development of language to cultural links within our school community, and the children develop a broad knowledge of each other’s cultural greetings and traditions. Foreign Languages are used as a way of bringing families together, with parents often delivering workshops to celebrate their use of language and culture. This includes Chinese New Year celebrations, where parents visit classes, sharing stories, memories and values. 

Role play is used creatively when children work together and are encouraged to explore and experiment with language. During thematic days, each class demonstrates and celebrates their learning of a language, sharing their successes with peers. 

We believe that all children should...

What do we do to make Foreign Languages special?

Children are involved in fun and active lessons where they are able to risk-take and have a go at learning a variety of languages at different stages in their school life. 

Please click here to see our Foreign Languages Long Term Plan
Please click here to see our Foreign Languages Progression Document
Please click here to see our French Knowledge Organisers

National Curriculum Outline

Children in Early Years learn basic French through songs, games and informal teaching. 
In KS1/2:
Children in KS1 learn basic French through repetition, songs and games. Children in Key Stage 2 are taught French through regular lessons. French is the language taught in Year 7 at Bridgewater High School, for whom we are a feeder school. 

Why are Foreign Languages so important?

We believe that the learning of a language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. 

It enables our pupils to be respectful of other cultures and to develop positive attitudes to risk taking by having a go in a vocabulary-rich enviroment. 

Why are Foreign Language skills  so important?

Language skills help children to develop communication skills, including key skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. The linguistic skills gained will assist and lay foundations for further language learning. They will also provide pupils with the confidence and independence to explore and to attempt manipulation of the structure of language. Learning another language gives children a new and broader perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand and respect their own cultures and those of others. It is widely believed that the early acquisition of a foreign language facilitates the learning of other foreign languages later in life.