At Warren Park, our aim is to enthuse pupils to develop a love of learning about modern foreign languages because of their increasing importance in the modern world. We believe that learning a foreign language provides an opening to other cultures and it is important that children learn about different cultures to broaden their understanding of the world.
Children are taught to:
- understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
- 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
- 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
Our children learn Spanish from Year 3 onwards, through songs, games, speaking and writing the language and our curriculum aims to foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. We want to embed language learning into our curriculum and aim to do this by implanting the use of Spanish throughout the day such as during the register. Enriching the curriculum and releasing children’s creative energy through sport, drama, music and languages reinforces their understanding of the basics and helps them enjoy a broader, more balanced curriculum.
The experience of learning and using a foreign language makes its unique contribution to the whole curriculum by taking children out of the familiar environment and allowing them to explore the life-style and culture of another land through the medium of its language. This in turn provides a satisfying, enjoyable and intellectually challenging experience for children in coping with a different linguistic medium.