(Modern Foreign Languages)


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Marie Marvingt

A pilot, Marie Marvingt was instrumental in the creation of aeromedical evacuations. Her first attempt to create an air ambulance in 1909 was thwarted, but she didn’t give up. She promoted them for 30 years and helped organize the First International Congress on Medical Aviation. Once airplane ambulances were in use, Marvingt established the first medical air service in Morocco, and became the first certified Flight Nurse. Her work inspired hundreds of women to become pilots for L’Aviation Sanitaire, a group of air ambulances. (Bonus: In 1915, she became the first woman in the world to fly combat missions when she flew bombing missions over German-held territory as a volunteer pilot.)





Subject Content

The children will learn to

  • listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding;
  • explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words;
  • engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help
  • speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basis language structures;
  • develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases;
  • present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences;
  • read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing;
  • appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language;
  • 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, to express ideas clearly;
  • describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing;
  • understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including: feminine, masculine and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English.


Our rationale

At Airedale Junior School, we believe that the learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. It helps them to develop communication skills including key skills of speaking and listening and extends their knowledge of how language works. Learning another language gives children a new perspective on the world, promotes global citizenship and encourages them to understand their own cultures and those of others.

Primary Languages teaching at Airedale Junior School is fully inclusive. No child is excluded by reason of a learning difficulty, or because they have English as an additional language. Experience has indeed shown that such children can derive particular benefit from taking part in Primary Languages learning activities in which they may be less disadvantaged than in other areas of the curriculum.

Language learning activities are planned in such a way as to encourage the full and active participation of all pupils. Work is differentiated as appropriate to the needs of individual children. Pairs and groups for collaborative work may be made up in different ways, depending on the task.

Foreign language learning has now become part of the National Curriculum from Key Stage 2 onwards. At Airedale, we follow Wakefield language scheme ‘La Jolie Ronde’ (written by Rachel Redfearn) and other teaching approaches including 2 Simple French.


The aims of Primary Languages teaching at Airedale are to ensure that all pupils:

  • Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
  • Speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
  • Can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using a variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
  • Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing.