Intent

In our language lessons, our intent is to develop our pupils’ cultural understanding alongside their language skills. Therefore, at Cardinham, we teach two languages: French and Spanish. Our language curriculum offers a carefully planned sequence of lessons, ensuring progressive coverage of the skills required by the national curriculum. Our carefully chosen themes provide an introduction to the culture of French and Spanish speaking countries and communities. It aims to foster children’s curiosity and help deepen their understanding of the world. A linear curriculum has been chosen to allow opportunity for children to gradually build on their skills. Our curriculum enables children to express their ideas and thoughts in French and Spanish and provides opportunities to interact and communicate with others both in speech and in writing. At the heart of our curriculum is the desire to expose children to authentic French and Spanish, so we offer regular opportunities to listen to native speakers.

Children acquire basic skills and understanding of French and Spanish with a strong emphasis placed on developing their Speaking and Listening skills. Children gradually progress through our scheme and develop their reading and writing.

At Cardinham School, we intend to inspire pupils to develop a love of languages and to expand their horizons to other countries, cultures and people. We aim to help children grow into curious, confident and reflective language learners and to provide them with a foundation that will equip them for further language studies.

Implementation

Lessons are sequenced so that prior learning is considered and opportunities for revision of language and grammar are built in.

Our lessons and resources help children to build on prior knowledge alongside the introduction of new skills. A series of lessons are suggested, providing structure and context as well as offering an insight into the culture of French and Spanish speaking countries and communities. The introduction and revision of key vocabulary and grammatical structures is built into each lesson. This vocabulary is then included in display materials and additional resources so that children have opportunities to repeat and revise their learning. Our curriculum has been designed by our language specialist teaching team, including French and Spanish native speakers, so that teachers feel confident and supported. All of our lesson packs contain adult guidance, accurate language subject knowledge and accompanying audio materials.

Impact

Using the range of curricular resources will increase the profile of languages across school. Whole-school and parental engagement will improve through the use of language-specific home learning tasks and opportunities suggested in lessons and overviews for wider learning. We want to ensure that French is loved by teachers and pupils across school, therefore encouraging them to embark on further language studies. Impact can also be measured through key questioning skills built into lessons, child-led assessment such as success criteria grids, KWL grids and summative assessments aimed at targeting next steps in learning.