PURPOSE OF STUDY
As set out in the curriculum a high-quality language education should encourage children’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world in which they live. The teaching should develop an understanding of what they hear and read, and enable them to express themselves in speech and writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, extend their knowledge of how language works and explore differences between French/Spanish and English. This in turn should give them the grounding to learn further languages and equipping them to study and work in other countries.
In teaching Modern Foreign Languages, we aim:
To help the children enjoy the learning experience
To develop the children’s language learning skills and make them want to study further
To understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of sources
To speak 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.
To begin to write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
To discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied
To increase the children’s cultural awareness
To follow the National Curriculum
We have recently invested in the Digital Language Resource 'Language Nut'. This is used by all year groups in key stage 2 and provides excellent scope for language progression and development. On the platform, there are various tasks, assignments and games that are designed to make learning a new language accessible, effective and fun!
Language nut focuses on all areas of learning a new language (listening, reading, writing and speaking/talking) and work is set accordingly. Children love spending time on the app and we have already noticed a huge difference in attainment and attitude towards learning a new language.
Please see below for the progressive long term plan and vision.