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Modern Foreign Languages - Intent

It is our intention for the foreign languages curriculum taught at WRPS to inspire a curiosity about the world and its diverse peoples in all of our pupils, which will remain with them throughout their lives. We aim to offer a relevant, broad, vibrant and ambitious foreign languages curriculum that will inspire and excite our pupils using a wide variety of topics and themes. All pupils will be expected to achieve their full potential by encouraging high expectations and excellent standards in their foreign language learning - the ultimate aim being that pupils will feel willing and able to continue studying languages beyond key stage 2.

 

At WRPS we want all of our pupils to acquire new language knowledge whilst developing and strengthening links to prior learning. The four key language learning skills; listening, speaking, reading and writing will be taught and all necessary grammar will be covered in an age-appropriate way across the primary phase. This will enable pupils to use and apply their learning in a variety of contexts, laying down solid foundations for future language learning and also helping the children improve overall attainment in other subject areas. In addition, the children will be taught how to look up and research language they are unsure of and they will have a bank of reference materials/ knowledge organisers to help them with their spoken and written tasks going forward. This bank of reference materials will develop into a reference library to help pupils recall and build on previous knowledge throughout their primary school language learning journey.

We endeavour to provide all of our pupils with opportunities to explore and appreciate the wider world and its peoples, which allows them to develop their language skills in an exciting way. Opportunities are planned which enrich our pupils’ spiritual, moral, cultural and social development, as part of our whole-school GRACE values. This includes special assemblies and a celebration of European Day of Languages. 

 

The intent is that all pupils will develop a genuine interest and positive curiosity about foreign languages, finding them enjoyable and stimulating. Learning a second language will also offer pupils the opportunity to explore relationships between language and identity, develop a deeper understanding of other cultures and the world around them with a better awareness of self, others and cultural differences. The intention is that they will be working towards becoming life-long language learners.

Implementation

To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in foreign languages, we implement a progressive curriculum throughout the school. The WRPS foreign languages curriculum builds on pupils’ prior knowledge, understanding and skills as the children progress through Key Stage 2. All classes will have access to a very high-quality foreign languages curriculum using the Language Angels scheme of work and a range of varied resources. This will progressively develop pupil skills in foreign languages through regularly taught and well-planned weekly lessons in Y3, Y4, Y5 and Y6 which will be taught by a Specialist Language Teacher.

 

Our specialist language teacher uses effective modelling when delivering lessons. Children will progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary, language skills and grammatical knowledge organised around age-appropriate topics and themes - building blocks of language into more complex, fluent and authentic language. Lessons include ‘assessment for learning’ opportunities and effective, differentiated questioning. Pupils are regularly given the opportunity for self/peer review which then informs teachers’ planning, preparation and differentiation. The language teacher will know where every child is at any point in their foreign language learning journey, indeed it provides clear expectations around what pupils should know and be able to do by the end of each teaching unit: our ‘end points’ which is undertaken termly.

 

The planning of different levels of challenge and which units to teach at each stage of the academic year will be addressed dynamically and will be reviewed in detail annually as units are updated and added to the scheme. Lessons offering appropriate levels of challenge and stretch will be taught at all times to ensure pupils learn effectively, continuously building their knowledge of and enthusiasm for the language they are learning.

The principles of Cognitive Load Theory are used to support children in their ability to know more and remember more, allowing for efficient learning. This is achieved through using teaching and methods which include:

  • Measuring existing subject knowledge and confidence so as to adapt subsequent teaching accordingly;

  • Merging together multiple sources of visual information whenever possible;

  • Extending the capacity of working memory by using both visual and auditory channels;

  • The use of knowledge organisers which detail some key vocabulary, grammar and phonics.

 

We ensure the status and importance of foreign languages as a subject is recognised in WRPS and that appropriate links to the wider school curriculum are made. In order to achieve this, pupils are provided with opportunities to practise their language skills throughout the week by class teachers to consolidate knowledge and ensure language is retained. Examples of this include basic classroom instructions, taking the register and greetings. We also have celebration days such at European Day of Languages along with celebration assemblies to further enrich the pupils’ learning experiences within the foreign languages curriculum.

 

Classroom displays are educational and immersive, helping to create a rich learning environment focussed on language learning. 

 

The specialist teacher and subject leads deliver effective CPD in staff meetings and allows all teachers to develop their language knowledge by providing videos on basic classroom instructions, taking the register and greetings to ensure that teachers have the confidence and knowledge to reinforce languages throughout the school day.

 

Impact

 

The intent and implementation ensures that all pupils at WRPS are equipped with the language skills, vocabulary and knowledge in speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar which will enable them to be ready for life as a global citizen.

 

All pupils will be encouraged to undertake new life experiences, both now and in the future.

 

We want all pupils to thoroughly enjoy languages and be enthusiastic and passionate about their learning. This will be evidenced through pupil voice as well as in their books. We aim for all pupils to make outstanding progress from their starting point in Year 3 through to the time they leave WRPS in Year 6.