“A different language is a different vision of life” - Federico Fellini
Oughtrington Community Primary School believes that the learning of foreign languages provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for pupils. This enables the pupils to develop their communication and literacy skills that lay the foundation for future language learning. They develop linguistic competence, extend children’s knowledge of how language works and explore differences and similarities between foreign languages and English. Learning another language raises awareness of our multi-lingual and multi-cultural world, and introduces an international dimension to pupil’s learning. Furthermore, language learning facilitates our Values-based education in school. IT enables children to deepen their understanding of values such as empathy, compassion, respect and diversity.
The programme of study for foreign languages states that learning a foreign language is compulsory for children in key stage 2. However here at Oughtrington, we deliver French and Spanish lessons across all year groups. In addition this we have an after school KS1 Spanish club, a lunch time French club for KS1 and an after school KS2 French club that focuses on writing. In Reception and KS1 the children focus on speaking and listening skills. In KS1, the children are starting to explore more written language and are having opportunities to write. In KS2 the children focus on listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. By delivering lessons to hone these skills the children will be working on communicating with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of share ideas and opinions in discussions and asking questions, whilst continually improving accuracy of pronunciation and intonation. Their ability to understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of sources will progress also.
Our scheme of work is provided by the Janet Lloyd Network. The plans are fun and interactive and cover a range of topics. The plans allow children to explore aspects of French and Spanish culture traditions and celebrations too. TThe planning is structured to aid progression and the repetition throughout all key stages helps to embed the basic language. The children will learn common questions, responses and social conventions in order to be able to converse and write in another language. The children are taught using games, songs, stories and innovative ICT resources, which include audio clips of native speakers. The children learn about traditional dances and songs as well as being bale to taste local food.