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On this page, you will find out about all the wonderful Language learning that goes on at Mudeford Junior School and how it is taught.

 

'Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures...The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing'. (National Curriculum 2014)

 

In 2014, the new National Curriculum was launched which entailed the Language delivery at Mudeford Junior School being changed and updated. As a result a new curriculum map was devised and can be viewed below. 

 

The new curriculum and Mudeford Junior's aims are that the children can:

 

  • 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

 

Our children all have a weekly Languages lesson in the Music/Languages Room, delivered by the Music and Languages teacher. The curriculum is taught through a variety of methods, including games, songs, stories and ICT. The children learn to speak, listen, read and write in their new language, enabling them to communicate with each other, the teacher and other language speakers.

 

To ensure that the children have the chance to really develop their language skills, all children learn French for three years. In Year 6 the children then switch to Spanish, giving them a flavour of a different language, broadening their skills, enabling them to see the links between European languages and traditions, and allowing them the chance to make a more informed decision when moving on to Secondary school.

Stretching...

 

One of the ways, in which we celebrate and stretch the Children's Language learning, is by participating in the Highcliffe Languages Festival. Several local schools all prepare a short performance which is then watched by the audience. This necessitates the children being confident and brave with their language learning.

 

Each year between 8-10 pupils are chosen from Year 5 to participate in Mandarin lessons. These lessons take place at lunchtimes and are taught by Debbie Fan. Mandarin can be a challenging language to learn and definitely requires resilience, a good ear and excellent understanding of how language is crafted. The children also have the chance to learn about the culture of Mandarin speaking countries and sample some delicious new foods!

Super Spanish Stories 6MR

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Year 6 have only been learning Spanish for two terms, but have already written their own stories.

The Great 6GT Spanish Stories

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Year 6 have only been learning Spanish for two terms, but have already written their own stories.

Websites to reinforce your learning

 

BBC Primary Languages

 

Crickweb games

 

Duolingo - learn a language for free


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