Modern Foreign Languages
At Rode Heath, our KS2 pupils all study Spanish and there is a thriving after-school French club for KS1 and KS2. Lessons are delivered by a qualified languages teacher.
Our vision is to develop communicative skills and to encourage intercultural knowledge and understanding. We seek to open pupils’ minds to different cultures whereby pupils feel “Citizens of the World”. Furthermore, we want to nurture a lifelong passion and curiosity for languages and to consolidate the skills for future language learning.
- To foster an interest in language learning by introducing children to other languages in a way that is enjoyable and accessible to all pupils;
- To stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language and creativity in experimenting with it;
- To support oracy and literacy, and in particular develop speaking and listening skills;
- To help children develop their awareness of cultural similarities and differences;
- To lay the foundations for future language study by pupils;
- To provide an added perspective on first language teaching and learning;
- To give an extra dimension to teaching and learning across the curriculum.
“Learning a language enriches the curriculum. It provides excitement, enjoyment and challenge for children and teachers, helping to create enthusiastic learners and to develop positive attitudes to language learning throughout life. The natural links between languages and other areas of the curriculum can enhance the overall teaching and learning experience. The skills, knowledge and understanding gained can make a major contribution to the development of children’s oracy and literacy and to their understanding of their own culture/s and those of others.” The Key Stage 2 Framework for Languages (DfES 2005)
Spanish is taught across the school from Year 3 through to Year 6. Lessons are very visual and interactive, using lots of games, songs and pictures and focus primarily on speaking, listening and understanding.
Below are some interactive websites the children can visit at home to have fun with Spanish whilst learning.
We use the 2014 National Curriculum as a guideline for our Spanish teaching at Rode Heath Primary School.
Modern Languages in the National Curriculum.
Foreign languages are statutory at Key Stage 2
Teaching may be of any modern or ancient foreign language
The specific curriculum requirements are set out in the KS2 languages programmes of study. Teaching should "lay the foundations" for foreign language learning at KS3.
KS2 pupils should be taught to:
- Listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
- Engage in conversations, ask and answer questions, express opinions and respond to those of others, and seek clarification and help
- Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
- Broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary
- Write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, expressing their ideas clearly
- Describe people, places, things and actions in speech and in writing
Click here for the National Curriculum requirements for Modern Languages:
Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and British Values
In learning about another language, it is necessary to be aware of “difference” in a positive way. To know that there are other ways to live and behave which are valid, despite not being the same as the one that the child knows at home. It gives an opportunity for insight and debate into why things are not always as one has grown up to believe, but arise from Sociological differences. At the same time, recognising that there are certain basic, fundamental truths that are common to our humanity, such as the need for honesty, trust and mutual respect in order for us all to live together in harmony.
Collaborative work in Primary Languages develops mutual respect for the differing opinions, beliefs and abilities of others. In addition, children learn to appreciate the value of similarities and differences and learn to show tolerance. A variety of experiences teaches them to appreciate that all people – and their views – are equally important.
Primary Languages provides a basis for teaching and learning about other cultures, and this is incorporated into many areas of the curriculum including personal and social education and citizenship, geography, religious education, design and technology, music, art and dance. Efforts are made to ensure that teaching material across the curriculum includes a ‘flavour’ of the countries where the focus language is spoken.
The five fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith are interwoven into the teaching of Primary Languages, in particular how it relates to the intercultural understanding elements of Spanish and Hispanic culture and its similarities/differences to life in Britain.