Here at Christ Church, our school’s aim is that all pupils will develop a genuine interest and positive curiosity about foreign languages, predominantly Spanish. Learning a second language will 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, key individuals and cultural differences. The intention is that pupils will feel able and encouraged to continue studying languages beyond key stage 2 and ultimately be working towards becoming life-long language learners.
At school we use the Primary language Network resources to ensure we offer a relevant, broad and vibrant foreign languages curriculum that will inspire and excite our pupils using a wide variety of topics and themes. The Primary languages network is a creative and dynamic programme where learners engage in written and spoken language learning opportunities. Phonics and grammar are a fundamental part of the programme.
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 key stage 2. This will enable pupils to use and apply their learning in a variety of contexts, laying down solid foundations for future language learning and to give children inspiration to pursue languages in their career choices.
In key stage one, teachers are encouraged to teach ‘incidental Spanish’. Towards the end of year 2, teacher will be expected to teach basics Spanish skills in standalone lessons. The intent of this is to ensure an efficient transition between key stage one and key stage two.