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Languages

Languages at Hillmorton Primary School

Intent

Learning a language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. The 2014 National Curriculum for Modern Foreign Languages aims to ensure that all children:

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

 

A high-quality languages education should foster children’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. At Hillmorton Primary School, we are committed to ensuring that teaching enables pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. We recognise that competence in another language enables children to interpret, create and exchange meaning within and across cultures.

 

At Hillmorton Primary we are committed to ensuring that our teaching provides the foundations for learning further languages, as well as the means to access international opportunities for study and work in later life through the teaching of Spanish in KS1 and KS2.

 

Implementation

Children are introduced to Spanish in KS1 with a 15-20 minute session every other week. Throughout KS1, we encourage the use of spoken Spanish beyond our lessons in the classroom, giving basic instructions and referring to familiar objects to enable the children to develop early acquisition skills that facilitate their understanding of the patterns of language and how these differ from, or are similar to, English. This allows the children to have a familiarisation with the language before they begin formal learning in KS2. In KS2, each class has a weekly timetabled Spanish lesson of 45 minutes.

Lessons across the Key Stages support the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing:

  • Children are taught to listen attentively to spoken language and respond, joining in with songs, rhymes and games.
  • Children develop an appreciation of a variety of stories, songs, poems and rhymes in Spanish that are delivered through the curriculum content, as well as by native Spanish speakers within the wider school community.
  • Cross curricular links are provided through Computing, Design and Technology and Art activities planned throughout the year.
  • We follow the Primary Languages scheme “La Jolie Ronde”.
  • Whole School celebrations such as, “European Day of Languages, Christmas Around the World, and Spanish enrichment days enable the whole school to be immersed in the inclusion of the culture and use the language meaningfully in context.

Knowledge and skills in Spanish are progressive from one year to the next and are mapped out across the school, in line with the La Jolie Ronde scheme of work. Cross curricular links have been identified and the school’s own context is considered as part of curriculum planning, including, for example how native speaking parents are welcomed into our school to provide activities and are used to enhance and enrich Spanish learning.

 

Impact

Our MFL curriculum ensures that children develop their knowledge of where different languages, including the range of home languages spoken by families of the school, as well as Spanish, are spoken in the world. Varied learning experiences including ‘European Day of Languages’ and ‘Christmas Around the World’ also ensure that languages are celebrated throughout the school community whilst proving a context for language learning and develop the children’s understanding of different cultures.

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