Accrington Benjamin Hargreaves CE (VA) Primary School
Primary Languages Policy
We at Benjamin Hargreaves strive for excellence and enjoyment in education by providing a safe, secure, caring family environment, where all are valued and respected as individuals. We will endeavour to enable all children to reach their full potential, whilst growing in their love and understanding of the Christian faith.
At Benjamin Hargreaves we believe that the learning of a modern foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. It helps them to develop communication skills including key skills of speaking and listening and extends their knowledge of how language works. Learning another language gives children a new perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others.
We address the Primary National Curriculum for Modern Foreign Languages through making the learning of a new language fun and exciting by providing cross-curricular activities through themed blocks of work.
Aims and objectives
The aims and objectives of learning a foreign language in our School are:
· to foster an interest in learning other languages;
· to introduce the children to another language in a way that is enjoyable and fun;
· to develop an appreciation of the diversity of languages;
· to add an international dimension to pupils’ learning;
· to help children develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries;
· to develop speaking and listening skills;
· to understand and communicate in a new language;
· to lay the foundations for future study.
In line with the new Primary Curriculum children at Benjamin Hargreaves are taught French as a foreign language throughout Key Stage 2.
Key Stage 2:
All pupils in Key Stage 2 receive 40 minutes French teaching per week, taught by a class teacher using Rigolo, a bought scheme, to support the teaching and learning. This can be a complete lesson or divided into smaller sessions. Modern language lessons are also supported by informal language opportunities to reinforce the learning with the class teacher
In Key Stage 2, children have the opportunities to:
A multi-sensory and kinaesthetic approach to teaching is used, with an emphasis on the use of practical activities that are dynamic and fun. Teachers try to make lessons as enjoyable as possible so that the children develop a positive attitude to the learning of French. Children’s confidence is increased by praise for any contribution they make, however tentative.
Differentiation and Entitlement
Our aim is to present a differentiated curriculum that extends and fulfils the needs and potential of every learner.
Differentiation is provided through:
Roles and responsibilities:
The Language Subject Leader will:
Class teachers will:
Senior Leadership Team will:
Assessment, record keeping and reporting
Most assessment is formative and is used to support teaching and learning and inform future planning. Assessment could be through oral questioning, can-do statements and end of unit assessment. These informal assessments will be use to identify gifted linguists and those requiring extra support.
KLIPS are used to keep a record of children’s assessment and performance in French.
Parents will be kept updated on initiatives in French taking place in School and they will be encouraged to get involved when appropriate. Children’s effort and progress made in relation to age-related progress will be reported to parents in the end of school year report.
Monitoring and review:
Monitoring is carried out regularly by the Language Subject leader in the following ways:
Feedback is provided to staff, Senior Leadership Team and governors following monitoring. It is used to inform CPD needs.
Any resource requirements are also identified and purchased according to needs and budget as stated in the School; Development Plan. Resources requirements are clearly laid out in each unit of work and readily available for each member of staff to use.
Review date: Spring 2019