At Chapel End Junior Academy, we believe that learning another language is a crucial part of the children’s education.
It allows children to build self-confidence as well as developing their communication skills. In our modern society, children now have the ability to communicate with others from around the world; we want to equip the children with the skills and confidence to be able to do this. We explain to the children the benefits and purpose of learning a language too: being able to communicate with others while abroad and having a better understanding of different cultures.
Children have approximately 30 minutes direct teaching per week from their class teacher, which is supplemented by short classroom activities such as taking the register in Spanish. We ensure pupils enjoy their work by including lots of games, songs and oral work. The needs of minority groups are being met by encouraging every child to take part in lessons, and giving alternative ways for children who lack confidence to respond, such as physical actions, talking to a partner, or drawing pictures.
Fundamental Great British Values
At Chapel End Junior Academy we understand clearly our responsibility in preparing children for their next stage of education and for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life, laying the foundations so that they can take their place successfully in modern British society. We promote a respect for and understanding of different faiths, cultures and lifestyles. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of each child is central to everything that we do as a school and central to our vision of “Dream Believe Achieve”. This is evidenced through our teaching and learning, our inclusive environment and through the many opportunities provided for our children to understand democracy, law, liberty, mutual respect and tolerance.
Spanish is across Key Stage 2 by teaching staff for 30 minutes a week. ‘iLanguages’ is used for teaching resources and planning and the ‘linguascope’ programme (online activities) is used to inspire the children further and also bring MFL teaching into the 21st century.
Teachers monitor children’s progress and adjust their teaching accordingly. Assessment of the children’s work is on-going to ensure that understanding is being achieved and that progress is being made. Oral and kinesthetic lessons ensure concrete understanding. Short written activities are recorded in the children’s individual Spanish work booklets. Assessment is largely based through questioning and verbal discussion, as well as recorded work. All staff use iLanguages booklets to complete end of unit assessments on the children and assess the children at: aspiring (A), on track (OT) or greater depth (GDS).
- Pupil voice has also shown that children enjoy Spanish lessons when they are taught and want to have more lessons. They say that when it is taught well, it is an exciting, engaging subject that inspires them, with many saying they want travel abroad and speak the language of that country. Furthermore, they demonstrated a good recall of the language they had learnt. Children also say that they enjoy Hispanic Day very much and it is an event that they look forward to.
- Staff voice has shown that staff enjoy teaching Spanish lessons and that they have benefitted from having had specialist teachers teach alongside them. New staff have noted that they wish to have more, specific training. Staff have responded well to the introduction of Spanish work booklets and find it easy to engage children in Spanish lessons.
- Annual Hispanic Day celebration (cookery, art, drama, dance, cultural)
- Hispanic activities on offer at International Evening (an annual CEJA event)
Targets for 2018-19
- Establish a ‘language learning’ culture at Chapel End where children and teaching staff feel confident in learning and teaching a language.
- Deliver individual staff training where necessary: NQTs, new staff.
- Celebrate the languages that many of our children speak at Chapel End Junior Academy.
- Carry out pupil/staff voice and ‘book look’ in Spring term to establish impact.
- Ensure that there is a successful Hispanic Day event.
- Plan a transition unit for Year 6 children so that they are well equipped for languages at secondary school.