Languages at Blakehill

Intent

At Blakehill Primary School we have designed our Modern Foreign Languages curriculum so that it excites our pupils, opening their eyes to the possibilities that learning a second language provides. 

The intent is that all pupils will develop a genuine interest and positive curiosity around Modern Foreign Languages, finding them enjoyable and stimulating. 

Learning a second language will also offer pupils the opportunity to explore the relationships that exist between language and identity, developing a deeper understanding of other cultures and the world around them. Over time, pupils will develop a better awareness of themselves, others and the cultural differences that exist throughout our communities. The intention is that the teaching of Modern Foreign Languages for our pupils is the beginning of a journey; a journey to become a life-long language learner.

Implementation

All classes throughout Key Stage 2 have access to a high-quality, enriching Modern Foreign Languages curriculum using the ‘Language Angels’ scheme of work and resources. Lessons are taught by Class Teachers / Higher Level Teaching Assistants and / or the school’s Language Specialist, Mrs. Brown. Our focus language throughout Key Stage 2 is Spanish.  

The school has a unit planner in place which serves as an overall ‘teaching map’ outlining what each class in each year group will be taught and when. 

  • Each teaching unit is divided into 6 fully planned lessons. 
  • Each unit and lesson has clearly defined objectives and aims. 
  • Each lesson incorporates interactive whiteboard materials, including ample speaking and listening tasks. 
  • Each lesson incorporates challenge sections, with different levels of differentiation. 
  • Reading and writing activities are offered in all units. Some extended reading and writing activities are provided so that native speakers can also be catered for. 
  • Every unit will include a grammar concept.   

Pupils at Blakehill 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.

The planning of different levels of challenge (as demonstrated in the various ‘Language Angels’ Teaching Type categories) and which units to teach at each stage of the academic year are addressed dynamically and are reviewed in detail annually as units are updated and added to the scheme. Lessons offering appropriate levels of challenge and stretch are taught at all times to ensure pupils learn effectively, continuously building their knowledge of and enthusiasm for the language(s) they are learning. 

In addition to our formal lessons, Blakehill also runs two after school clubs for pupils. The first, for pupils in Key Stage 1, introduces pupils to language learning and basic Spanish phrases. The second, for pupils in Key Stage 2, builds upon pupil’s initial language skills. These two clubs are ran by our external Spanish teacher.

Impact
 
The impact of our Modern Foreign Language curriculum offer is that our pupils will enjoy learning a new language and be inspired to continue to do so as they move into Key Stage 3. Language learning will also develop their understanding of the world around them and how the world is a series of 'language spaces', each space having its own different characteristics whilst at the same time sharing similarities with others. 

Our pupils will also show a rapidly widening repertoire of language skills, developed during their language teaching throughout Key Stage 2 (focusing on reading, writing, grammar, speaking and listening) which they will use to communicate effectively. They will develop a linguistic understanding underpinned by a knowledge of how language ‘works’ and how they can begin to link their language learning to that of English (or their native language) and other languages.