Modern Foreign Languages
Subject Leader: Lucy Summersgill and Jeanette Green
Link Governor: Emma Foster
At Beaver Road Primary School we believe that the learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. It helps children to develop communication skills including key skills of speaking and listening and extends their knowledge of how language works. Learning another language gives children a new perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others.
At Beaver Road we provide age-appropriate Primary Languages learning opportunities for all children throughout the school. We now follow Primary Languages Network which is an award winning language curriculum that offers creative, purposeful and memorable learning for all. The focus language taught across our school is Spanish. Children are introduced to Spanish colours and numbers from Nursery and progress to learning greetings, days of the week and simple instructions in KS1. Teachers use songs, games and fun characters to explore the Spanish language and embed a love of language learning. This early access to language learning enables our children to develop language acquisition skills from a young age, which facilitates their understanding of the patterns of language and allows them to explore how these differ from, or are similar to, English.
In KS2, children develop their knowledge and understanding of Spanish through weekly lessons which support the core skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Through high quality language teaching we provide opportunities for pupils to be able express their ideas and thoughts in Spanish and to understand and respond to speakers, both in speech and in writing.