At SS Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School we have built a strong link with the language department at our local Secondary School, Burton Borough. Their lead teacher has delivered CPD to our school teaching staff, we look forward to continuing to develop this in 2020-21. From academic year 2019-20 our main language learnt is Spanish.
At SSPP, we provide our pupils with high-quality Spanish provision in order to foster their curiosity of different cultures around the world. The teaching enables the pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers both in speech and writing. Our curriculum leaves them with firm foundations for further learning in secondary education. Knowing that understanding different cultures and diversity is core to the children at SSPP, we provide opportunities to study and learn about other languages and cultures that reflect our countries make-up.
Characteristics of a Linguist
- The confidence to speak with good intonation and pronunciation.
- Fluency in reading.
- Fluency and imagination in writing.
- A strong awareness of the culture of the countries where the language is spoken.
- A passion for languages and a commitment to the subject.
- The ability to use language creatively and spontaneously.
- An independence in their studies and the ability to draw upon a wide range of resources.
Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.
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 that they have learnt
- discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.