Hello, Hola and Bonjour from everyone here at Finchale!
Statement of Intent - What do we intend to do?
The core languages taught at Finchale Primary School are basic Spanish in Key Stage 1 and French in Key Stage 2. Our planning for Key Stage 2 is based on the Durham County Council progression of skills document. In Key Stage 1 the intention is to expose children to language learning and to develop interest and curiosity through an introduction to the Spanish language. It is the intention that all children in Key Stage 2 will access first quality teaching of French in order to prepare them for Key Stage 3. We aim to provide all children with the skills, knowledge and understanding to learn a new language enabling them to develop their oracy and literacy skills as well as their understanding of their own culture/s and those of others. Language lies at the heart of our curriculum and through this, we celebrate ideas about individual identity and community. We hope that learning another language will do a great deal to shape children’s ideas about language learning as well as giving them a new perspective on their own language and a better understanding of their own cultural capital.
KS1 Language Focus - SPANISH
Starting from September 2019, Key Stage 1 have begun accessing weekly Spanish sessions. In these sessions, all children are exposed to the Spanish language through songs, activities, rhymes, role play and more. All children in Years 1 and 2 have the opportunity to become immersed in the Spanish language whilst accompanied by a fluent Spanish teacher. Our Spanish teacher models basic Spanish, appropriate for both their age and abilities, encouraging all children to copy her. The sessions are fun and interactive and learning is incidental!
KS2 Language Focus - French
From September 2019, we have moved to have a French speaking language specialist deliver weekly French sessions in all Key Stage 2 classes. Language teaching and learning at Key Stage 2 is compulsory and at Finchale, we ensure that all children are provided with an appropriate balance of both the spoken and written language, preparing all children for further language exposure at KS3. These sessions enable all pupils to communicate ideas effectively, to use facts and feelings in speech and writing and to use their existing knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary. From this, our children should begin to become more confident and fluent language speakers who discover and develop a love and appreciation for language learning.
Finchale’s language of the month
September - Spanish
This year, on our annual celebration of European Day of Languages, as a school we celebrated 7 different European languages. These included; Spanish, Italian, German, French, Greek, Hungarian and Polish!
Take a look below at some of the fun we had participating in this celebration.
Did you know?
Listed below are some fun language facts about Finchale Primary School!
- Did you know, Miss Johnstone and Mrs Lennox are in the process of learning the Spanish language?
Did you know, Mrs Whitton studied Latin and Greek at school. These
are both 'dead' languages, so don't ask her to speak them, although she
can read Greek!
- Did you know, there are 10 different languages spoken by pupils at our school?