Part of the Faculty of English and Humanities
- Miss C. Durber
- Mr J. Brown
At Milton Primary Academy, we believe that the learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. It helps them to develop their ability to communicate, including the key competencies of speaking and listening and extends their knowledge of how language works. It provides excitement, enjoyment and challenge for children and teachers, helping to create enthusiastic learners and to develop positive attitudes to language learning throughout life. Learning another language gives children a new perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others.
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 September 2021, informed by the way we feel that Languages should be taught across the Academy.
Principle 1: Children are excited and enthusiastic about languages, as they are taught to know more and remember more.
Principle 2: Lessons are carefully planned and delivered, so that new material is delivered in a way that is clear, interesting and useful.
Principle 3: Instruction is focused on the learning intention and pedagogical tools do not detract from the knowledge that needs to be remembered.
Principle 4: Through spaced-retrieval, previously taught content is revisited to ensure that new content can be understood and is retained in the long-term memory.
Principle 5: Formative assessment is regularly used to check that children retain knowledge and that they can retrieve previously taught content from their long-term memory.
Principle 6: Teachers enable children to access a range of enrichment opportunities, both within and beyond the curriculum.
Languages Subject Leader
My name is Miss Durber (or Mademoiselle Durber!) 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. The area of study (French) is set out in the National Curriculum 2014.
Key Stage 2:
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 other cultures.
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 (low stake quizzes) allow teachers to check that pupils are retaining the new words and phrases that they are taught. Songs and other games will then give the children the chance to rehearse the language and apply it during conversations and other familiar or unfamiliar scenarios. During these activities, teachers can listen to the children’s pronunciation of the language and offer support and scaffolds when necessary. After the oral games and activities, the children can then apply their learning to written activities. These structured tasks enable teachers to identify knowledge gaps or misconceptions, and this then informs future planning and teaching.
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.
Ben in Year 3 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 4 said… ” I like speaking to other children in a different language.”
Jimmy in Year 5 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 C. Durber, via the academy office (firstname.lastname@example.org).