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Learning a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for pupils, and prepares them to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly carried out in languages other than English.

At Panshanger Primary School the curriculum is based on the statutory guidelines for KS2, as outlined in the National Curriculum Framework, and is referenced to the learning objectives of the non-statutory KS2 Framework for Languages. At Panshanger we start our language teaching in EYFS, and continue through KS1 and KS2, with a scheme of work developed by the subject leader. It is our aim that the curriculum will:

  • foster an interest in learning other languages
  • stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language, in an enjoyable and engaging way
  • promote intercultural understanding
  • lay the foundations for future study

 In EYFS and Key Stage 1, children have one 30 minute lesson per week and learn to:

  • respond to simple rhymes, songs and stories
  • listen to, and mimic, correct pronunciation and intonation
  • gesture and mime to new vocabulary, to aid recall and demonstrate understanding

In Key Stage 2, children have 45 minutes of discrete language teaching per week and additional follow-up activities, and will learn to:

  • develop the four language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing with the main focus on oracy
  • use the target language to communicate for practical purposes, through projects such as eTwinning
  • develop Language Learning Strategies to improve their ability to memorise new words; identify techniques to help improve pronunciation and apply prior knowledge when attempting to understand unknown words or phrases
  • investigate the links between languages, and recognise some basic aspects of grammar in the target language e.g. verb forms, gender of nouns and the need for agreement when appropriate.
  • investigate life in other cultures 

These skills will be achieved individually, in pairs and through large and small group work, via a range of themed activities incorporating: songs, games, interactive stories, eTwinning projects, role play and use of relevant writing and computer exercises, to consolidate learning.

ICT is used in language lessons to motivate pupils, by providing examples of model pronunciation and offering the opportunity to practise new language skills interactively. The school uses community and other links, including eTwinning, to expose pupils to native speakers, whenever possible.