Languages

 Curriculum Intent for Languages 

Curriculum Aims 

At Kingfisher, we offer a relevant, vibrant, and ambitious foreign languages curriculum that seeks to inspire and excite our pupils using a wide variety of topics and themes. The four key language learning skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing are developed both within and across the year groups. Learning another language gives our children a new perspective on the world, encouraging them to look beyond their own rural parameters to:   

  • understand and explore relationships between language and identity;   
  • develop a deeper understanding of other cultures and the world around them;   
  • acquire a better awareness of self, others, and cultural differences.   

Our vision is that we will lay the correct foundations for all our students to become life-long language learners. All classes will have access to a high-quality languages' curriculum using the Language Angels scheme of work; carefully mapped against the statutory prorgramme of study and attainment targets. Children will progressively acquire, use, and apply a growing bank of vocabulary, languages skills and grammatical knowledge organised around age-appropriate topics and themes – building blocks of language into more complex and authentic language acquisition. Pupils will build on previous knowledge gradually as their foreign language lessons continue to recycle, revise, and consolidate previous learning whilst building on all four language skills. Teachers follow a Progression Map and Grammar Grid to ensure all children are progressing their skills in foreign languages and are taught the appropriate grammar at the right time in their language learning journey. Our Kingfisher Federation uses a carefully constructed unit planner to provide an overall teaching map that clearly defines what will be taught in each Year Group and to ensure substantial progress and learning is achieved. 

How does this subject develop spirituality? 

By learning about languages and where in the world they are spoken, further helps our students to reflect upon their own beliefs and perspectives on life. It takes our students out of their immediate community and helps them to connect with the wider world. Having another language gives us a new set of tools to connect with people that we would never be able to talk to. It provides a window to their ideas and opens up our world. 

Assessment 

Assessment in this subject is carried out across the unit of learning. It involves questioning and observations by staff as well as children’s self-assessment. Children are given time and encouragement to celebrate successes, as well as think, respond and consider how they would improve next time.  We use a final assessment at the end of the unit of learning, against the intended learning outcomes for that topic. These are uploaded to our shared file to inform planning by teachers and subject leaders.   

Please see below for our current Languages Curriculum Map:

Kingfisher Languages Curriculum September 2023