Holmes Chapel Primary School uses the Language Angels scheme of work and resources to ensure a relevant, broad, vibrant and ambitious foreign languages curriculum that will inspire and excite our pupils using a wide variety of topics and themes. All pupils will be expected to achieve their full potential by encouraging high expectations and excellent standards in their foreign language learning - the ultimate aim being that pupils feel willing and able to continue studying languages beyond Key Stage 2.
The four key language learning skills; listening, speaking, reading and writing are taught and grammar is covered in an age-appropriate way across the primary phase. In addition, the children are taught how to look up and research language they are unsure of and they will have a bank of reference materials to help them with their spoken and written tasks.
We aim for all pupils to develop a genuine interest and positive curiosity about foreign languages. Learning a second language offers pupils the opportunity to explore relationships between language and identity, develop a deeper understanding of other cultures and the world around them with a better awareness of self, others and cultural differences. The intention is that they will become life-long language learners.
Curriculum design (Intent)
- All classes have access to a high-quality foreign languages curriculum using the Language Angels scheme of work and resources, and supplemented where necessary.
- Lessons are block taught (2-3 half terms per year of 45 minute lessons) and well-planned lessons in year 3-6 which will be taught by our language specialists.
- Units of study chosen, in consultation with Language Angels, build on skills progressively.
- Children progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary, language skills and grammatical knowledge organised around age-appropriate topics and themes.
- Each lesson is planned to build on previous knowledge gradually as their foreign language lessons continue to retrieve, revise and consolidate previously learnt language whilst building on all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.
- Units are progressive within themselves as subsequent lessons within a unit build on the language and knowledge taught in previous lessons. As pupils progress though the lessons in a unit, they will build their knowledge and develop the complexity of the language they use.
- Grammar is integrated and taught discreetly throughout all appropriate units.
- Lessons offering appropriate levels of challenge and stretch are taught at all times to ensure pupils learn effectively, continuously building their knowledge of and enthusiasm for the language they are learning. The Language Angels scheme offers various levels of differentiation within it planning and is supplemented by the teacher as appropriate.
- Units, where possible and appropriate, are linked to class topics and cross curricular themes.