Aims of the Subject
The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:
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
can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures they have learnt
discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied
At Brize Norton School, we believe that learning another language is a very important part of learning, as well as being good fun if taught well, so we start from Year One (two years earlier than in the National Curriculum). Children are taught through songs, games and by developing increasing confidence in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
The main language studied is Spanish, because this is the language studied in most of our partner primary schools and in the secondary schools our children go on to. We teach Spanish in the Spring and Summer terms.
Once a year, the Year 6 children have the opportunity to go on a day trip to Boulogne with children from other local schools, where they have the chance to learn a little of a new language (French) and practise their language skills in real shops with real people.
However, we are privileged to have a teacher who is fluent in Japanese, so our study of French is supplemented, in the Autumn term, by lessons in Japanese. The purpose of this is to broaden children's understanding of language to include one which is quite different from English, and to broaden their understanding of the wider world beyond Europe.
What the children say
"It’s exciting and fun learning a new language"
"I like being able to learn French because then I can go to France on holiday and speak to people."
" There are some really cool words that we get to learn!"