Learning a foreign language is a necessary part of being a member of a multi-cultural society and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster children's curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable children 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 children to study and work in other countries.
The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:
At St Mary’s:
Children have weekly lessons in French throughout Key Stage 2, using the Planit programme of study. Our curriculum has been designed to comprehensively teach the progression of skills and knowledge across Key Stage 2. Areas covered include: numbers, colours, house and home, in town, food and drink, the classroom, clothes and hobbies. These areas ensure children acquire a bank of vocabulary organized around topics.
It is intended that when children leave St Mary’s Primary, they will have a natural curiosity and confidence to explore, other countries, cultures and languages, accepting that, in a multi-lingual society it is a valuable skill to be able to communicate effectively with others in another language. They will be engaged and prepared to continue different languages at their secondary school.
All children in KS2 are taught French in a weekly discreet lesson. This is delivered by the class teacher or HLTA.
Pupils are taught to:
In Key Stage 1, children are introduced to different languages through exploring them informally when studying another country. They might learn songs in different languages and identify different countries on the world map. They might learn to say hello in different languages. All of these activities help to open the children's eyes to the fun of learning a new language.
Assessment criteria has been developed, in line with national curriculum aims, to enable teachers to assess the progress of children in their language learning as they move through Key Stage 2, ensuring that children are supported and challenged as appropriate. This data is analysed on a termly basis, and staff identify any gaps to action.
We also provide a Spanish club for those Key Stage 2 pupils who wish to learn an additional language.