LOCKING PRIMARY SCHOOL
The Primary Foreign Language Curriculum- Spanish
At Locking Primary School, we believe that the learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for pupils. Through our language curriculum we endeavour to develop children’s skills, resilience and confidence so that they can participate in an increasingly global society and communicate with others effectively, especially when this communication is difficult or there is a barrier. We strive to grow children’s curiosity and foster an eagerness to explore different languages and cultures, which will last a lifetime.
The PFL curriculum at Locking Primary School will:
PFL teaching at Locking Primary School will:
Assessment of PFL at Locking Primary School will:
Curriculum Rationale – Primary Foreign Languages
The choices we have made within our languages curriculum will develop the communication and literacy skills that lay the foundation for future language learning. They will develop linguistic competence, extend their knowledge of how language works, and explore differences and similarities between a foreign language and English. The learning of a modern foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for the children. It raises awareness of the multilingual and multicultural world and introduces an international dimension to children’s learning, giving them an insight into their own culture and those of others.
We believe that learning a language is often the first step in developing a more open-minded attitude to the world, recognising that people live differently in other countries, and that this difference can be positive. Ultimately, our curriculum is intended to ensure that, as children move on to their next stage of learning, they have a sound basic knowledge of some linguistic structures and associated vocabulary but, most importantly, enthusiasm to learn more.
Children will know languages both as a discipline to be studied and as a field of knowledge that can shape their outlook now and in the future. In addition, they will understand the role of linguists, appreciating their contributions, knowing that they could, should they wish to, have a career in this area in the future. They will recognise and appreciate how languages can affect the future on a personal, national and global level.
Programme: We teach Spanish using the ‘La Jolie Ronde’ programme of study which has been written in accordance with the National Curriculum aims and subject content. Areas covered include: numbers, greetings, colours, food and drink, classroom instructions, days of the week and family. The programme and its resources enable us to teach children in a fun and interactive way, so that they can develop communication skills that lay the foundation for future language learning.
Timetabling: Pupils have weekly lessons in Spanish throughout Key Stage 2, from Year 3 -6. Each lesson is broken down into short 15-minute bursts which enables spaced practice. Between these sessions there will be regular retrieval activities to embed the vocabulary and knowledge that has been taught through each lesson. There will be 2 lessons a week taught.
La Jolie Ronde – Spanish:
We chose La Jolie Ronde because it is a high-quality, established programme which is written specifically for teaching languages to young children. This fully resourced scheme also allow non-specialist teachers to deliver languages teaching with confidence, ensuring there is accurate pronunciation and progression through spoken and written language skills.
Phased introduction of La Jolie Ronde: In 2021, with the redesign of the curriculum at Locking Primary School, we made the decision transition from the teaching of French to Spanish. This was fuelled by several factors that emerged following a period of consultation and research:
We have liaised with specialist linguists about the most effective way to make this transition and have planned the following for each academic year: