Languages

Core Concepts in languages at Grade Ruan C of E School: communication, identity and cultural appreciation
 
Core Christian Values:
Wisdom
Hope and Aspiration
Relationships
Respect
 
Intent
At Grade Ruan School, we believe that the acquisition of a new languages provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for pupils. This enables the pupils to develop their communication and literacy skills that lay the foundation for future language learning. We incorporate languages into our daily routines, right from the beginning of reception, gradually acquiring new words, phrases and skills as they grow through the school.
 

In Key Stage 2, we follow Kapow Primary’s French scheme of work. It aims to instil a love of language learning and  an awareness of other cultures. We want pupils to develop the confidence to  communicate in French for practical purposes, using both written and spoken French.  Through the Kapow scheme of work, we aim to give pupils a foundation for language learning  that encourages and enables them to apply their skills to learning further languages,  developing a strong understanding of the English language, facilitating future study and opening opportunities to study and work in other countries in the future.  

Kapow Primary’s French scheme of work supports pupils to meet the National  curriculum end of Key Stage 2 attainment targets (there are no Key Stage 1 attainment  targets for Languages).

 
Implementation
At Grade Ruan, we are a Go Cornish School. Go Cornish exists to give everyone in Cornwall and beyond the opportunity to learn something of the Cornish language, and to discover the culturally rich heritage of our amazing patch of the planet.
Children in KS1 learn to use basic greetings in Cornish as part of their daily routine. In Key Stage 2, the children develop these greetings further and learn to have conversations, read Cornish literature and sing songs in Cornish. We are currently working towards our Bronze Award.
 

The Kapow French scheme of work is designed with six strands that run throughout.  These are: 

• Speaking and pronunciation 

• Listening 

• Reading and writing 

• Grammar 

• Intercultural understanding 

• Language detective skills 

Our Curriculum overview shows which of our units cover each of the National  curriculum attainment targets as well as each of the strands. 

Our Progression of skills (see below) shows the skills that are taught within each year group and  how these skills develop to ensure that attainment targets are securely met by the  end of Key Stage 2. 

Through Kapow Primary’s French scheme, pupils are given opportunities to  communicate for practical purposes around familiar subjects and routines. The  scheme provides balanced opportunities for communication in both spoken and  written French, although in Year 3 the focus is on developing oral skills, before  incorporating written French in Year 4 and beyond.  

The Kapow Primary scheme is a spiral curriculum, with key skills and vocabulary revisited repeatedly with increasing complexity, allowing pupils to revise and build on  their previous learning. Cross-curricular links are included throughout our French  units, allowing children to make connections and apply their language skills to other  areas of their learning.

Lessons incorporate a range of teaching strategies from independent tasks, paired  and group work including role-play, language games and language detective work.  Our scheme of work focuses on developing what we term ‘language detective skills’  and developing an understanding of French grammar, rather than on committing to  memory vast amounts of French vocabulary. Differentiated guidance is available for  every lesson to ensure that lessons can be accessed and enjoyed by all. In order to  help pupils retain their French learning, we provide information about how to  incorporate French into the classroom environment every day in our ‘During the  week’ sections. 

Strong subject knowledge is vital for staff to be able to deliver a highly effective languages curriculum. Each unit of lessons includes multiple teacher videos to  develop subject knowledge and support ongoing CPD. Kapow has been created with  the understanding that many teachers do not feel confident delivering the full  languages curriculum and every effort has been made to ensure that they feel  supported to deliver lessons of a high standard that ensure pupil progression. Lessons  include a section entitled, 'Teacher knowledge - language points' to explain key  grammar and other details to the teacher before the lesson, together with a Key  vocabulary and pronunciation presentation with sound files to demonstrate the  correct pronunciation. Many of the other presentations included in the lessons also  include sound files, supporting teachers who are less confident with their own  pronunciation to deliver the lesson and support the children's learning. 

French is taught weekly, ensuring that language skills gradually build up. We also celebrate an annual languages day.

Impact

By speaking Cornish as part of the daily routine, children learn that languages are fun and easy. It also helps to give them a real 'sense of place' and an understanding of what makes them and Cornwall special. 

The impact of Kapow Primary’s scheme is monitored continuously through both formative and summative assessment. Each lesson includes guidance to support  teachers in assessing pupils against the learning objectives. Children are also assessed at the end of each unit.

After the implementation of Kapow Primary French, pupils should leave school  equipped with a range of language-learning skills to enable them to study French, or  any other language, with confidence at Key Stage 3. Most of the children will leave Grade Ruan to attend Mullion School, where French is the only language taught in Year 7.

The expected impact of following the Kapow Primary French scheme of work is that  children will: 

✔ Be able to engage in purposeful dialogue in practical situations (e.g., ordering  in a cafe, following directions) and express an opinion. 

✔ Make increasingly accurate attempts to read unfamiliar words, phrases, and  short texts. 

✔ Speak and read aloud with confidence and accuracy in pronunciation. 

✔ Demonstrate understanding of spoken language by listening and responding  appropriately. 

✔ Use a bilingual dictionary to support their language learning. 

✔ Be able to identify word classes in a sentence and apply grammatical rules they  have learnt. 

✔ Have developed an awareness of cognates and near-cognates and be able to  use them to tackle unfamiliar words in French, English, and other languages. 

✔ Be able to construct short texts on familiar topics. 

✔ Meet the end of Key Stage 2 stage expectations outlined in the National  curriculum for Languages.

 

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