‘You live a new life for every language you speak. If you only know one language, you only live once.’ Czech proverb
‘To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world.’ Chinese Proverb
Why is it important to teach Languages?
Learning a foreign language is an essential part of being a member of a multi-cultural society. We aim to ensure that every child is given the opportunity to study a foreign language and develop their interest in the culture of other nations. We provide children with a high-quality language education, which fosters their curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world. All children are enabled and supported to express their ideas and thoughts in another language, in order to understand and respond to its speakers, both verbally and in writing. Our teaching of languages provides opportunities for children to communicate for practical purposes and be open to different cultures and new ways of thinking. It is intended that when children leave our schools, they will have developed 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. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping children to study and work in other countries if they so wish. With an exciting and stimulating languages curriculum, children will be engaged and excited to continue language learning at KS3 and beyond.
Our Languages curriculum ensures that pupils have access to high quality teaching and learning opportunities. Children have weekly French or Spanish lessons throughout Key Stage 2. Teachers use a variety of resources e.g. Kapow Primary scheme of work, resources from Oak Academy, Twinkl, Lightbulb languages and others. In Lower KS2, children acquire basic skills and an understanding of French or Spanish, with emphasis placed on developing Speaking and Listening skills. These will be embedded and further developed in Upper KS2, alongside Reading and Writing, gradually progressing onto more complex language concepts and greater learner autonomy.
Our Languages curriculum gives children the opportunity to: