Languages Curriculum Intent
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 Edmundsbury Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School:
Children have weekly lessons in French throughout Key Stage 2, using the resources and units of work from Twinkl’s PlanIt French, in addition to other resources. In Lower KS2, children acquire basic skills and understanding of French with a strong emphasis placed on developing their 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.
It is intended that when children leave St Edmundsbury CEVA 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 language learning at Secondary School.
Languages Curriculum Implementation
In line with the National Curriculum for Languages, pupils at St Edmundsbury CEVA Primary school are taught to:
This is done through a weekly French lesson, taught by the class teacher. Classes are mixed age- with combinations of year groups from Y3-6 and so languages are taught on a 4 year rolling programme.
Languages Curriculum Impact
We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
The Languages subject leader will continually monitor the impact that teaching is having on the children’s learning, through work scrutinies, to ensure the progress of knowledge and skills is being taught. They will also ensure the knowledge taught is retained by the children and continually revisited and that the learners are able to apply the skills they have been taught to a variety of different settings, showing independence with their learning. Impact will also be measured through key questioning skills built into lessons, child-led assessment such as success criteria grids and summative assessments aimed at targeting next steps in learning.