Part of the Faculty of English and Humanities
- Mr J. Brown
- Miss S. Redford
At Milton Primary Academy, the teaching and learning of different languages will always be engaging and fun, as we give children an exciting experience of another culture. Our vision is for our curriculum to build on new vocabulary so that the children can work towards using phrases and sentences conversationally. We aim for the pupils to develop a confidence and enjoyment of using a new language – an ability we hope that the children will take great pride in!
Principles of Outstanding Languages
These are the ‘Principles of Outstanding Languages’ at Milton Primary Academy. They were devised and agreed by the children and staff in January 2020, informed by the way we feel that languages should be taught across the Academy.
Principle 1: Children are excited and enthusiastic about languages.
Principle 2: Children lead their own learning, asking and answering questions and exploring new languages through varied activities.
Principle 3: Languages is practical and hands on and children enjoy learning through discussion and exploration.
Principle 4: Teachers use a range of effective assessment strategies to inform the planning and teaching of languages.
Principle 5: Teachers introduce children to a range of age-appropriate words and phrases in new languages and they use these confidently in conversations.
Principle 6: Children and adults appreciate the value of learning a new language and the cultural capital that they develop alongside this.
Principle 7: The progression of subject content is carefully planned for and clearly evident in all lessons.
Principle 8: Teachers enable children to access a range of enrichment opportunities, both within and beyond the curriculum.
Languages Subject Leader
My name is Miss Redford (or Mademoiselle Redford!) and I am the languages subject lead at Milton Primary Academy. My role is to ensure that the teaching and learning of langauges across our academy allows children to explore other cultures in fun and engaging ways, allowing them to build on their knowledge and confidence of speaking and listening around the world. I truly believe that the exploration of an additional language can enrich our lives and I strive for all children to feel the sense of achievement that comes from understanding and conversing in another language.
To excite the children about our languages learning (and also one of my favourites themed days of the year) we celebrate European Day of Languages; on this day we use a range of languages in different ways and also explore different cultures creatively through activities such as a baguette baking or the construction of famous landmarks. The buzz around our academy is amazing on this day as we greet each other and converse in French, German, Spanish, Italian and many more languages too! In past years, children have also taken a residential trip to France and immersed themselves in the culture of the country and its language; this is something that I am very proud of.
At Milton Primary Academy we aim to provide a languages curriculum that is creative, inclusive, challenging and inspired by the real-world. It inspires future thinkers, innovators and problem solvers in an immersive environment that stimulates curiosity and supports high-quality learning, allowing each and every learner to fulfil their potential.
KS1 and KS2:
The Primary National Curriculum for Languages aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic source.
- 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.
With this in mind, our programme of study for languages clearly sets out what will be taught and learnt at each point in the year for all year groups, including a range of significant people and linguists from these other cultures.
The Contribution of Languages to Teaching and Learning in Other Areas of the Curriculum
Fundamentally, everyone’s experience of the world is cross curricular, as everything that surrounds us can be seen and understood from multiple perspectives. Our languages curriculum at Milton Primary therefore aims to take advantage of a range of opportunities for children to make links between different subject areas, supporting the use and application of what has already been taught and learned in new and different ways and providing opportunities for deep, meaningful learning.
English (inc. Reading): Languages’ most natural and strongest cross-curricular link is to English. Through the speaking and listening of French, we develop the children’s oracy skills. Through discussion of pronunciation and intonation (in questions, conversations and stories), children are also encouraged to develop their confidence with the spoken language. When reading the language, children must draw on their understanding of punctuation to investigate the meaning of new words and phrases. For example, looking for question marks, capital letters for proper nouns.
Mathematics: In our languages lessons, children learn how to count in French and build on this knowledge year-on-year. In maths lessons, children can also play lots of games, asking questions and giving answers using the French language.
Computing: Our main tool for teaching French is an interactive programme called, ‘Salut!’ Using this programme, teaching and children can select the correct language, manipulate vocabulary and sentence choices and also play a range of different games to improve their command of spoken and written French. In addition to this, as children become more confident using different languages, they will sometimes film each other on iPads and piece the videos together to create scenarios that are fully spoken in French.
SMSC and British Values:
- Spiritual: When learning new vocabulary and phrases in our languages lessons, children are able to ask and answer questions through which they can explore their own spirituality and that of others.
- Moral: Through the exploration of the French culture, children consider how the morals of other cultures compare to ours. On European Day of Languages, one year group even learnt the French motto, ‘Liberté, Equalité, Fraternité’, and discussed how this motto is relevant to so many cultures.
- Social: Learning to converse in another language allows children to develop their social skills in a variety of ways. Firstly, they must work collaboratively to understand each other and answer appropriately. Once this understanding is secure, it then gives them opportunities to socialise with the people in a new language and perhaps in new settings.
- Cultural: Learning additional languages is vital to developing an understanding and appreciation of other cultures. It also allows us to explore aspects of another culture as we research the language and how it is applied across the world.
- British Values: All British Values are explored through the learning of a new language. Particularly, mutual respect and tolerance of others, which are prominent ideas as we learn about a culture that is different to ours.
Assessment in Langauges
At Milton Primary Academy we all agree that the effective assessment of children’s learning helps us to ensure that each child makes good or better progress so that ‘Together We Achieve Our Best.’ This section therefore outlines the various assessment methods and practices that we use to monitor pupil progress and attainment in languages at Milton Primary, and also ensure that the activities that we plan for our children are suitably matched to their ability and level of development.
Formative Assessment (AfL): Teachers will use consistent formative assessment throughout lessons to assess the children’s knowledge and application of new language. A number of recall games and activities allow us to check that the children are retaining the new words and phrases that they are taught, whilst songs and other games will then give the children the chance to apply the language to conversations and scenarios; this will help to reinforce their understanding of what they are saying and bring context to their learning. During these activities, teachers can listen to the children’s pronunciation and intervene when necessary. After the oral games and activities, the children can then apply their learning to written activities. This gives the teachers further opportunity to check the children’s retention of their new vocabulary. Here, the recall, spelling and reading of the language can also be assessed to inform children’s next steps in learning.
Educational Visits and Enrichment
At Milton Primary Academy we place great emphasis on the importance of educational visits and visitors to enhance the teaching and learning of art. These visits and visitors, which provide valuable opportunities for learning through first-hand experience, are therefore an integral part of the curriculum and allow our children to make valuable connections between what they have learned in class and their first-hand experiences in the real-world.
Whole School Enrichment and Clubs: During their time at Milton, all pupils will have access to a variety of educational visits that enable them to learn about new languages and cultures.
At Milton Primary Academy we believe that the view of every pupil is important to ensure that we provide the best education possible. Here is a selection of pupil voice collected during the 2019/20 academic year, and in some cases, what we are doing / have done to improve the languages education that we provide.
Taylor in Nursery said… “I really like cutting and sticking and making models.”
Gracie in Reception said.. “We use peer critique to tell our friends how they can make their work better.”
Ben in Year 2 said… “I liked languages day because I got to order my dinner in French – can we do this more often?”
Lily said it… we did it!! Great idea, Ben! Languages day is planned each year in the autumn term but you will no doubt notice that your teacher teaches you lots of French phrases at other times of the year. Ordering your lunch in French, telling someone the date in French, or answering the register in French are great ways to do this.
Phoenix in Year 3 said… ” I like speaking to other children in a different language.”
Jimmy in Year 4 said… “I enjoy practising new words and phrases with my friends!”
Please see below a selection of documents that relate to the intent, implementation, and impact of langauges teaching and learning at Milton Primary Academy. If you require any additional information relating to this subject, then please contact the subject leader, Miss S. Redford, via the academy office (firstname.lastname@example.org).