Why do we learn languages at Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy?
A modern foreign language (MFL) is a subject that is accessible to people of all ages. Exposure to different languages at primary level is beneficial for all children, with ongoing investigations suggesting that one key benefit of learning a foreign language is the quickening development of general literacy. More than this though, we feel that through the language lessons, each child becomes increasingly aware of different cultures and the world around them. This is vital in an academy, and local environment, such as ours. We also have found that children who may struggle with core academic subjects thrive in their language studies.
What languages are studied at Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy?
Studying a foreign language is not compulsory in Key Stage 1, though some class teachers do complete activities with their classes in different languages. In Key Stage 2 (so in years 3-6), children study the French language. We hope that studying French for four years will result in good progression in the language and will ensure each child has at least a basic understanding in preparation for high school. This year, as a continuation of their work last year, one year 6 class have continued studying Chinese through a programme called ‘My Chinese Teacher’.
How do we learn languages at Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy ?
We learn languages in a variety of different ways in this academy, with each class being taught using a range of methods, which aim to engage the children and aid them in acquiring new language. Some of the approaches we use are:
- Songs and music
- Games (both online and board games)
- Speaking and listening activities as part of an interactive programme (called Rigolo)
- Book studies and the use of stories
- Dictionary challenges and use of textbook pages
When are languages studied at Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy?
The length and day on which languages are studied depends on each year group’s timetable. We aim, as a school, to have a minimum of half an hour per week dedicated to languages, or one hour lesson per fortnight. In addition to this, each class aims to ‘drip-feed’ languages into their classrooms in registration sessions, recapping language linked to greetings, weather and days of the week.