To understand and embrace our multi-cultural world.
'With languages, you are at home anywhere.'
At Bolsover Church of England School, we believe that learning a foreign language is a fundamental part of being a member of a multi-cultural society and provides an insight into other cultures. Through our high quality Languages curriculum (following the National Curriculum), all pupils are challenged to communicate and express their ideas, facts and feelings in another language, both orally and in writing. This will provide the foundations needed for learning further languages and following future work or leisure opportunities in other countries.
Learning a language inspires curiosity and deepens the understanding of the wider world. It should be seen as a life-long skill that opens up exciting avenues into exploring, embracing and respecting different cultures in our local, national and global communities. We aim to prepare pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly carried out in languages other than English. At Bolsover, we strive to develop pupils' confidence, fluency and love for the subject, with the hope that this provides the skills needed to embrace the wider world.
From their starting points, we aim for all children to access languages at Bolsover C of E Junior school. This will provide the foundations needed to support the transition into secondary school and beyond.
- 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
- can 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 in the language studied.
Curriculum Document - what do the progression of knowledge, skills and vocabulary in languages look like at Bolsover?
Progression of Key Vocabulary
Progression of Skills
What do the progression of skills for Languages look like?
Assessment in Languages
Assessment of pupil progress in Languages aims to assist pupils in understanding their own progress, aid teachers with their planning, as well as informing the school’s monitoring of progression and attainment. Therefore, children will have opportunities to assess their work in accordance with the school’s policy for self-assessment as they would do for any other written work. This will accompany teachers' assessment through observations, marking and feedback, highlight in the school's policy. This will include the ongoing assessment of independent work including: spoken language, reading and writing. Teachers should ensure that children strive to meet the skills, whilst also building up their knowledge and understanding of languages, inclusive of knowledge of unplugged learning and key vocabulary.
The assessments made throughout the academic year are recorded and used to inform the end of year reports to parents/guardians. The co-ordinator, with support from the Senior Leadership team, will also carry out annual Languages drop ins, work scrutinies, evaluations of lesson planning, conducting pupil interviews, discussions with pupils, staff and parents as well as carrying out formal lesson observations.
Careers in Languages
Careers in languages continue to grow and many opportunities may arise where language skills are imperative to growth. Our pupils could enter employment which requires various language skills for communication and interaction.
The teaching and learning of languages supports careers, such as:
- broadcast journalist
- travel agent
- international aid/ development worker
- air cabin crew
Useful websites and links for Languages
- BBC Bitesize - French
- BBC Teach - French
- BBC Teach - Virtually There - France
- Top Marks - French games
- Crickweb - French games
- Language Angels
- Top tips for learning French
- Online French games for adults and children
- Comptines pour enfants - nursery rhyme songs in French
- Children's library - online French books
- Monde des titounis - classic children's songs and stories
Gallery - Evidence in school