Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, regrettably we are unable to invite parents into school for a tour of Berkswich CE primary and nursery. We understand that choosing the right setting for your child is one of the most important decisions that you will make in your child’s learning journey. With this in mind, we hope to provide you with a range of opportunities to allow you to gain an insight into life as part of our special Berkswich community and the chance to ask questions. We certainly welcome the opportunity to support and reassure you as you organise your child’s first steps into Nursery and Reception. We are offering virtual meetings to provide an opportunity for new parents to meet our headteacher, EYFS leader and teaching staff. This will provide a great opportunity for you to ask questions and find out about our community and learning at Berkswich CE. Your child is a vital part of this process, and so we welcome them to join in with the meeting.
Tuesday 17th November 9am – 10:30am
Tuesday 1st December 3:30- 5:30pm
Tuesday 8th December 9am – 10:30am
Tuesday 19th January 9am– 10:30am
Tuesday 2nd February 3:30—5:30pm
Tuesday 9th March 9am—10:30 am
To book your ten-minute virtual meeting on one of the following days please call the school office on 01785 337360 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please visit our admissions page to take a closer look at our Nursery and Reception classes, as well as our admissions arrangements. Thank you.
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.