At Holbrook CE Primary School, we believe that learning a foreign language is a necessary part of being a member of a multicultural society and provides an opening to other cultures. It should provide opportunities for pupils to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping children to study and work in other countries.
“A high-quality languages education should foster pupil’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing.” (National Curriculum 2014 – Appendix A)
The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:
At Holbrook CE Primary School we believe that children really enjoy learning to speak another language. We also believe that the earlier a child is exposed to a foreign language, the faster the language in question is acquired.
In line with the National Curriculum for MFL, pupils at Holbrook CE Primary school are taught to:
This is done through regular lessons. Classes are mixed age- with combinations of year groups from Y3-6 and so languages are taught on a rolling programme.
Although structured learning begins in KS2, younger children are introduced to Spanish using classroom routines (register), songs, games and ICT.
We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
By the time they leave at the end of Year 6, children will have developed the necessary transferable skills for language learning. These skills will be important as children go on to study a range of different languages at KS3.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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