Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ 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. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries. - Primary National Curriculum for Languages 2014
With these aspirations, our INTENT for the Languages curriculum is for all children at Lindfield Primary Academy to be able to communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing in another language. During their time at Lindfield Primary Academy, all children will develop their confidence in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills so that they can:
- understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
- speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
- write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
- discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.
How we will implement our intentions
Lindfield Primary Academy follows a Languages scheme of work offered by the Primary Languages Network which cultivates and progresses children’s language learning through engaging games, songs, stories and activities.
Lessons are designed to provide children with opportunities for listening, speaking, reading and writing with a focus on building key vocabulary and phrases around familiar everyday situations and contexts.
Accompanying native speaker audio helps develop the accuracy of each child’s pronunciation. In order to consolidate the children’s language learning, especially the acquisition of new vocabulary, we use cross-curricular opportunities to provide regular practice for language retrieval and use in meaningful and relevant contexts.
Each year, we also celebrate the European Day of Languages. A special assembly is held to inspire our children and to celebrate the different languages spoken within our Academy, across Europe and the wider world. During the day, all children have the exciting opportunity to experience learning a new language or to take part in a language-based activity. Parents and carers, who are native speakers, are also invited into the Academy to enrich the children’s language learning by encouraging the use of practical conversational skills, reading stories, teaching traditional songs or sharing information about another culture.
In addition to classroom language learning, the Academy’s after-school provision also includes weekly French and Spanish clubs run by an external company, La Jolie Ronde.