Burlish Park Primary School
Intent, Implementation and Impact
At Burlish Park Primary, we aim to deliver a high-quality, engaging Languages curriculum, which teaches children to love, learn and live as a global citizen in an ever-changing world.
We aim to inspire our budding linguists to develop self-confidence and be brave enough to communicate in another language, respect and understand other cultures and celebrate diversity. We build a fascination with exploring and learning new words, as well as creating a passion for different cultures and communicating with others.
Our work is linked to the United Nations Development Goals, specifically 10: Overcome barriers to ensure an equal opportunity for all and 11: Protect the world’s cultural and natural heritage.
Our core language of Spanish (changed from French in 2019) uses the key areas of language learning: listening, speaking, reading and writing, to ensure that all pupils have opportunities to explore and express their ideas and thoughts in another language. We follow the Rivers Languages Framework to ensure that our curriculum is coherent and progression is evident throughout KS2.
During Foundation Stage and KS1, children experience other languages through play and music. In KS2, children learn through lessons that happen each week and the use of incidental language. Pupils are taught to understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources. They are encouraged to 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. As far as writing is concerned, by the end of Key Stage 2, pupils will write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt. Through their studies, pupils can also discover and develop an appreciation of the culture in countries where Spanish is the official language.
Children will be exposed to new and unfamiliar vocabulary and will build on their previous learning. Becoming more confident when listening to, speaking, reading and writing Spanish, they will also understand how and why Spain is different to other countries.
As a result, the children will leave Burlish thinking like a linguist and prepared for their continuing languages journey in KS3 and the wider world.