At Berkswich CE Primary School, our curriculum reflects our firm belief that all children should have access to the rich and purposeful experiences gained through learning an additional language. A high-quality Spanish curriculum sparks curiosity and encourages an eagerness in children to be bold in their use of language; we are ambitious in our expectations for all learners, including SEND and other vulnerable groups.
In today’s increasingly interconnected and interdependent world, a proficiency in another language is a skill that provides the opportunity to engage with the world in a more immediate and meaningful way. It deepens the children’s understanding of, and respect for, different cultures in our local, national and global communities and better prepares children to study or work within roles or settings which require expertise in another language.
Fundamental to our Spanish curriculum, is that it enables children to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers both in speech and in writing. Repeated opportunities throughout our logically sequenced curriculum ensure that children learn to communicate for practical purposes, encouraging them to learn new ways of thinking, use their initiative and demonstrate independence – skills which are transferrable to other areas of the curriculum and provide a strong foundation for any language learning in the future.
Although Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) is only a compulsory subject for children in Key Stage Two, we believe that our curriculum should run throughout school in order for each child to develop a passionate, resilient and confident approach during their time at Berkswich CE. By giving even the youngest child in our school access to MFL, we increase opportunities to develop fluency over time and reward the children with the satisfaction and pleasure that the long-term mastery of skills can afford.
As part of the requirement to teach KS2 pupils a language, pupils at our school will be taught French. We believe our languages curriculum opens pupils up to a variety of cultures and helps to foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world.