St Winifred’s Catholic Primary School

Modern Foreign Language Policy

Rationale

The study of Languages prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly carried out in languages other than English. Pupils use languages to communicate information responsibly and creatively. They learn how to use languages to enable access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities and cultures. In addition, understanding a modern foreign language increases a child’s understanding of their own language. The process of learning a foreign language reinforces fluency and understanding of grammar, syntax, sentence structure and verbal precision. Increased capability in the use of languages can also promote initiative and independent learning and encourages diversity within society.

All children from Years 3 to 6 will be taught Spanish.

Aims

Through our teaching of Languages, we aim to:

  • Ensure every child has the opportunity throughout Key Stage 2 to study a foreign language and develop their interest in the culture of other nations
  • Ensure pupils’ learning is enriched in a broad curriculum to which languages contribute
  • Ensure pupils have access to high quality teaching and learning opportunities led by native speakers
  • Provide language teaching informed by Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing and Cultural Understanding.

Curriculum organisation

All pupils learn languages for approximately 30 minutes per week.

Curriculum management

Lessons are led by a qualified primary school teacher who is a native Spanish speaker. Plans are shared with class teachers on a weekly basis.

Approaches to language teaching – Use of IT, Exposure to native speakers

We believe that pupils learn more effectively if they are enjoying what they are doing. IT is used across the school to motivate pupils and to support teachers. The school uses the local community and other links to expose pupils to native speakers, as well as IT.

Embedding languages in the curriculum and exploiting opportunities

We believe pupils will learn languages more effectively by having frequent exposure to them.  Opportunities for speaking another language should be exploited, be it in the playground or in the classroom. All staff in the school are responsible for ensuring this. 

Recording, assessment and reporting

As the teacher works through the scheme of work they will record progress against the short-focused topics where appropriate and assess the children’s progress in the language. This assessment will be used to support teaching and learning

Inclusion – SEN, G&T, Ethnicity, Gender

All pupils, regardless of race or gender, shall have the opportunity to develop Languages capability. We will promote equal opportunities and fair distribution of Languages resources. Children with other languages at home are encouraged to use them for educational benefit and parents are offered advice about what is appropriate.

Monitoring and Review

Monitoring is carried out by SLT in the following ways:

  • Informal discussion with staff and pupils
  • Classroom observation