Languages curriculum

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Dartford Primary Academy is a vibrant, multicultural, diverse community built on mutual respect and strong shared values. We strongly believe that providing our students with the opportunity to learn a new Modern Foreign Language is an invaluable educational, social and cultural experience for young learners that will constitute a solid foundation towards becoming open-minded and confident individuals in the future. 

Using the National Curriculum for Modern Foreign Languages, as well as the International Baccalaureate philosophy as a framework, our aim is to nurture pupils’ enthusiasm, curiosity and open mindedness and to give all children, regardless of ability or background, the opportunity to reflect on their own language and culture, learn about others and become responsible, caring, global citizens themselves. Embedded in our philosophy is the belief that internationalism and Modern Foreign Languages open students to an understanding of the world and their place in it, and helps them develop personal values that will allow them to become responsible, balanced, caring world citizens.

Our aims are: 

  • To foster positive attitudes and an early interest for languages and cultures of the world. 
  • To develop students’ communicative skills, their confidence and competence in the language. 
  • To explore language and cultural aspects in the context of the Primary Years Programme for cross curricular opportunities. 
  • To foster children’s curiosity, enthusiasm and develop their IB learner profile qualities in the context of language learning. 
  • To encourage active and positive parental involvement and participation in the promotion of language acquisition and cultural discovery. 
  • To foster a problem solving approach, giving children opportunities to think about how languages work as a basis for future language learning and to become independent learners. 

French is introduced informally at Key Stage One. At Key Stage Two, students are provided with an opportunity to learn French in a weekly lesson. Linguistic, historical, geographic, artistic and cultural aspects are embedded wherever appropriate and relevant within the Primary Years Program taught throughout the school, thus giving students a truly interdisciplinary experience. Emphasis is primarily placed upon the development of oracy and communicative skills; however, the teaching of languages covers the four key skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing as described in the National Curriculum for Languages. 

As a school, we are using the Language Angels software program to deliver the National Curriculum within the International Baccalaureate framework. Our teaching offers a variety of opportunities for fun and engaging activities, encouraging individual, pair or group work,songs, games, quizzes, competitions, challenges, home tasks. We strongly believe in using the Target Language routinely, encouraging students to immerse in the language learning experience from a young age.

There are numerous opportunities for teachers to evaluate children’s progress, based on the level descriptors of the National Curriculum. Children have an ‘Expressive Arts’ portfolio with a record of their work and are given opportunities to self-assess and reflect on their learning to inform future planning. All students have opportunities to access the Modern Foreign Languages Curriculum, regardless of background and ability.There is a strong emphasis in developing students’ confidence and enjoyment in using the Target Language effectively through rewards and positive reinforcement. Students are able to reflect, investigate, question and take ownership of their learning experience, thus developing oracy and agency in learning. Students of all abilities develop an interest and curiosity about other cultures and acquire a strong linguistic and cultural knowledge that will form a solid foundation to a successful transition to Key Stage 3 and beyond. 

The Modern Foreign Languages and cultural provision at Dartford Primary Academy is vibrant, positive, thriving and based on a culture of celebrating individuals, communities, differences and commonalities, with the ultimate aim to promote respect, understanding and growth within our school, first and foremost, but also in our local and global communities.