"If you talk to a man in a language he understands it goes to his head, if you talk in his own language, that goes to the heart" - (Nelson Mandela) "What matters most is being able to understand and be understood" - John Wome "Don't be afraid to make mistakes! In learning languages, nothing feels better than getting it right after getting it wrong!" - Professor Usama Soltan
WHAT ARE LANGUAGES?
“Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and 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.”
-The National Curriculum in England: Key stages 1 and 2 Framework Document. September 2013
Our aims at St. Philip’s are to ensure that all pupils:
- Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources.
- Speaking with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to 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 the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt.
- Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.
- Develop linguistic skills which they can use to assist and lay foundations for further language learning
- Gain confidence and independence to explore and be able to attempt manipulation of the structure of language
Our Languages Programme of Study is delivered by a HLTA, who has an expert knowledge and understanding of Spanish and experience of teaching this to young children. In addition to this, the class teachers also participate in lessons and, where appropriate, follow up activities outside of the language lesson.
Our school follows the Primary Languages Network scheme of work. It is a live scheme, which is continually updated and revised in order to meet with current curriculum standards. The scheme is enriched through accompanying power points, pod casts (spoken by native speakers) links to authentic literature, songs, games, culture points of reference and links to appropriate websites. The scheme is used to plan appropriate lessons, as they contain suggestions of units, which can be covered. Each unit builds on and extends previous knowledge to enable progression to be made. We have also chosen to supplement this with our own activities that are used to add depth and provide further practice of vocabulary where appropriate.
Additionally, the Primary Languages Network annual conference is attended by the Language Coordinator to network with local primary schools and share best practice, further ensuring developments, or changes within the Languages Curriculum are reviewed and implemented at St Philip’s.
To promote an active learning of languages a range of teaching methods are implemented to ensure that the children are developing their linguistic skills through listening, speaking, reading and writing in order to be secondary ready. Activities can consist of actions, rhymes, stories, song, drama, grammar focus, video clips, air writing, sentence structure, dictionary work, book making and many more creative ways to extend, embed and combine language skills.
Spanish is currently taught in Early Years & Key Stage One for 10 minutes per week. Spanish lessons are also delivered for a minimum of 30 minutes per week within each of our KS2 classes. Children will have the opportunities to:
- Ask and answer questions
- Use correct pronunciation and grammar
- Memorise words
- Interpret meaning
- Understand basic grammar
- Use dictionaries
- Work collaboratively to communicate in Spanish
- Look at life in another culture
- Participate in engaging, practical and memorable lessons.
- Write words, phrases and sentences in Spanish.
- Foster a link (facilitated by Language Coordinator) with pupils from a school based in Burgos, Northern Spain, where they may send and receive letters and share cultural similarities and differences
- Develop the necessary skills required to become independent language learners
Progression is clearly marked throughout the Programme of Study, following five main strands. These include:
- Intercultural understanding
- Knowledge about language
- Language learning strategies.
Children will also be supported in lessons and at home through the use of the LanguageNut website and App and the DuoLingo APP, which both offer opportunities to learn a number of other languages.
At St. Philip’s we have a cross curricular approach to learning. Learning Challenges are planned to apply skills across the curriculum. Questions are used to inspire and motivate children’s learning experiences and deepen their understanding and involvement. Visits, visitors, resources and artefacts enhance the learning experiences. Where possible we are hoping to involve the wider communities by:
- Networking with other primary schools
- Involving other adults/ children to enhance pupil’s experience
- Forging links with schools in Spanish speaking countries
- Working with local Secondary schools to share experience and resources and to ease transition.
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Year 5 were so pleased to receive their letters and Christmas cards from their penpals in Spain