Languages

At Rakegate Primary School, the Languages curriculum is intended to enable pupils to explore the cultural capital of another country through its language and traditions. As the UK is becoming an increasingly multicultural society, we have a duty to provide our children with an understanding of other cultures and languages. The teaching of this subject will be implemented through carefully sequenced lessons providing a range of opportunities focusing on the main areas of speaking and listening and reading and writing.

Our Rakegate Vision For Languages

 

The key elements of learning at Rakegate are:

 

  • Our language learning is inclusive and enjoyable for all.

  • The main language we study is Spanish.

  • Children are exposed to different languages and cultures throughout their time with us, due to the broad background of nationalities that make up the population of our school. This is celebrated as a strength of our community.

  • Spanish is taught as a coherent programme from Year 3 to Year 6 using an online resource ‘Speekee.com’.

  • The curriculum also encompasses learning about Spanish life and culture.

 

Spanish now ranks Number 2 in the world’s most spoken languages, behind English. Influenced by this fact and that many of the holidays taken by our families are to Spain, the decision was made to change our Languages curriculum to Spanish as it we felt that it would be more relevant to our children’s cultural capital thus providing the perfect opportunity to make their Languages learning more valuable and meaningful extending beyond the classroom. The topics selected for each year group feed into this belief and will equip the children to be able to confidently engage in conversation about all things relevant to everyday life. The impact of all of this is that we want children to develop strong, lifelong linguistic skills and become passionate, curious and confident about their own foreign language learning abilities and to understand how the learning of a language will broaden their opportunities in later life (career prospects).

 

National Curriculum

Languages provision for Key Stage 2, is designed to reflect all of the above and also takes into consideration the primary Languages entitlement as set out in the National Curriculum 2014.  

By age11, they should have the opportunity to reach a recognised level of competence according to the DfE Programme of Study. Modern Foreign Language teaching offers opportunities to:  

  • Develop children’s linguistic competence (language skills and language learning skills); 

  • Understand and communicate in a new language; 

  • Make comparisons between Spanish and English or another language; 

  • Increase their cultural awareness by learning about Spain and their people, and working with materials from this country and its community; 

  • Foster positive attitudes towards Spanish language learning; 

  • Use their knowledge with growing confidence and competence to understand what they hear and read, to express themselves in speech and writing;

  • Form a sound basis for further study at Key Stage 3 and beyond.

 
Our Rakegate Languages Curriculum

Our curriculum has been designed using Speekee.com which is an online comprehensive scheme of work for primary Spanish. Units of work are set out in the long-term plan and skills are built on progressively. Each lesson has a clear learning outcome and children are given a range of opportunities to practise their reading and oracy skills. The main priority is that the children have fun!

We understand the importance of embedding Spanish into the everyday classroom, therefore various items around the classroom are labelled in Spanish and English. Displays including key vocabulary are in both KS2 classrooms to remind and reinforce key vocabulary.

 

Please take a look at the information provided below for further information.

Knowledge and Skills Sheet