“A language is not just words. It’s a culture, a tradition, a unification of a community, a whole history that creates what a community is. It’s all embodied in a language” Noam Chomsky
Article 31. Every child has the right to join in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.
In today’s constantly changing society, it is becoming increasingly important for students to develop a range of skills that are transferable and adaptable in the marketplace. The curriculum should inspire and challenge all learners and prepare them for the future.
A high-quality language education should foster children’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. One of our aims is to promote a life-long love of learning languages and to inspire them to keep it up after Trafalgar.
At Trafalgar School we are committed to ensure that competence in another language enables children to interpret, create and exchange meaning within and across cultures. It also helps children develop skills that will open further opportunities later in life. The teaching of French & Spanish at Trafalgar School, KS3 and KS4, provides an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and lays the foundation for further foreign language teaching at KS5.
The 2019 Schemes of Learning for Modern Foreign Languages aims to ensure that all children:
Children are introduced to French & Spanish from our Schemes of Work, and receive 6 lessons fortnightly throughout their time in year 7 and 8. This enables the children to develop early language acquisition skills that facilitate their understanding of the patterns of language and how these differ from, or are similar to, English. In KS3, each class has a timetabled French or Spanish lesson of 100 minutes.
Lessons across the Key Stages support the skills of Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing:
Teaching staff will:
Receive co-ordinated support to enable them to make the appropriate curriculum choices.
The Modern Foreign Languages curriculum will:
Ensure that children develop their knowledge of where different languages, including the range of home languages spoken by families of the school, as well as French & Spanish, are spoken in the world. Varied learning experiences, including ‘French Market visit’, ‘Hispanic week’ and trips abroad also ensure that languages are celebrated throughout the school community whilst providing a context for language learning and develop the student’s understanding of different cultures.
The curriculum will also:
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Film in a foreign language
French & Spanish food cooking
French Market (November 2020)
Spanish Restaurant (January 2020)
Year 11 Languages University Enrichment Day. (January 2020)