At our school we believe that every child should have the opportunity to study a foreign language during their time with us. In an increasing multicultural society, we have a duty to provide our children with an understanding of other cultures and languages.
Foreign Languages promote an interest and curiosity about the wider world and a sense of international identity. Languages raise children’s awareness of being global citizens.
Our aims of Foreign Language education are to enable all children to develop an enthusiasm for learning languages and to become aware of the benefits of:
- Understanding and speaking different languages;
- Communicating in other languages by speaking and listening, reading and writing;
- Respecting and understanding other cultures, heritage and multilingualism;
- Becoming involved in global learning and the international dimension of the school through the development of links with other countries;
- Being responsible global citizens who are well prepared for education, life and work.
At Adderley Primary School we make Foreign Languages an enjoyable learning experience. Our specialist languages teacher has compiled a tailored curriculum which covers the requirement at Key Stage 2.
In Key Stage 2 children learn Spanish
To start with, children will have access to the language through rhymes and songs. The opportunities for speaking and listening will develop an awareness of the language and the use of authentic materials will provide an introduction to Spanish culture. Later on, children will also focus on writing and will continue to develop their speaking, reading and writing skills by communicating in full sentences on various topics. Teaching and learning will involve repetition of language using a variety of methods, including games and role play. The variety of resources will also enhance the teaching of foreign language, enthuse and stimulate the children. In addition to these, the use of ICT will be an integral part of foreign language teaching and the internet will provide children with a direct insight into other cultures.
Representing the school’s diversity ethos, the Language Ambassadors at Adderley Primary School speak different languages and represent various cultures. These pupils undergo a process of selection at the end of which they are allocated various roles across the school. The languages they typically speak are: Urdu, Arabic, Mirpuri, Punjabi, French, Italian, Bengali, Somali, Romani and Romanian.
The school also provides an afternoon French club where the speaking, reading and writing skills are enhanced through various activities and games, supporting children in developing a solid linguistic competence throughout this academic year.
Learning Foreign Languages at Home
At Adderley Primary School we work in close partnership with parents to support the learning of Foreign Languages outside the classroom and help children improve their Spanish linguistic skills.
Here are some suggestions of resources that parents can use to encourage children to enhance their language learning at home.
Spanish Games https://www.spanish-games.net/
BBC Spanish http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/