Bienvenue! Wilkommen! Failte! Bienvenido! Croeso! Benvenuto! Welcome, to the exciting subject of languages!
Pupils in Key Stage Two have the opportunity to formalise their learning of other languages in weekly lessons that focus on both grammatical knowledge of the language and also cultural understanding of the areas in the world in which those languages are spoken.
Leadership and intent of languages at West Rainton
The aims and objectives of learning a language in West Rainton Primary School are:
- To foster an interest in learning other languages;
- To introduce young children to another language in a way that is enjoyable and fun;
- To make young children aware that language has a structure, and that the structure differs from one language to another;
- To help children develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries;
- To develop their speaking and listening skills;
- To lay the foundations for future study.
You can read the full pen profile of our languages lead here:
The content of our languages curriculum mapping is reviewed each year and carefully considered based on prior learning and experiences. The subject lead has had extensive local authority-led training in the leadership and delivery of languages. This ongoing networking continues to refresh ideas and build into the subject’s development.
You can see the full subject policy and curriculum mapping for languages here:
How languages are taught at West Rainton Primary School
Children in years 3-6 receive an hour per week of languages teaching and learning activities. In our school, languages lessons are taught by the subject lead who has a more specialist background knowledge of the subject. Regular staff training is built into our CPD programme, however, to enhance the languages skills of other teachers to ensure a successful continuity of the subject should circumstances change. The majority of our languages teaching focuses on French for the reasons outlined in the subject policy. In each term, however, all classes receive one unit in another language. This occurs at the same time for all classes to allow for whole-school discussion or collaborative learning such as in assemblies for example. This also allows for clear monitoring, by the subject lead, of progress and attainment across the school.
For some pupils with special educational needs, languages provide a whole new way of learning how to express ourselves. The learning of a new language, actually strengthens and consolidates our communication in other ways, even our first language. Our curriculum has a large emphasis on acquiring new vocabulary; this is usually done through games, songs, stories and pictures. The recording of our knowledge and skills can also be done in a variety of ways; pictorial, spoken or written. There are many strategies for differentiating and accessing tasks including the use of peer mentoring to practise speaking with a partner.
The impact of languages at West Rainton
It is very important to us that our children know why we teach what we do. As part of this, we try to foster a growing awareness of where the subject can progress to in terms of secondary and further education and potential career paths.
The subject of languages, and the skills learned within it, can prove to be very valuable in lots of areas of future life and in many careers. With an ever-expanding global workforce in many industries, language knowledge and cultural understanding of other places in the world can be very attractive to employers; in some cases essential. Global business relies on ease of communication and networking on a multi-national level. Similarly, the travel and tourism industry seeks out candidates with a natural interest in the world beyond their own communities.
Learning a foreign language also greatly increases our understanding of aspects of our own first language. Areas such as word origin, grammatical structure and sentence construction are all enhanced by examining rules in other languages.
We are exceptionally proud that many of our ex-pupils come back to report how successful they’ve been in languages at secondary school. Equally, regular compliments from secondary languages teachers on the foundation we’ve given our pupils in languages, are always very pleasing to hear.