Languages

The languages department exposes pupils to a broad and ambitious curriculum, which is rich in knowledge and skills, develops self-efficacy, kindles curiosity, promotes diversity and celebrates other cultures whilst closing the knowledge gap. The curriculum will give pupils the opportunity to use language skills receptively and productively for communication in the real world, for practical purposes and to meet their immediate needs and interests. Young people will be given the opportunity to develop confidence and autonomy to access new and unfamiliar language through the use of decoding skills brought about by the explicit teaching of phonics and sound patterns. Thus, pupils will work towards becoming a fluent and spontaneous speaker of the language.

The curriculum is coherently sequenced to ensure powerful knowledge builds in scope and complexity. The regular and spaced retrieval of high frequency vocabulary, verbs and structures across many modalities supports the store of powerful knowledge in long term memory. As the curriculum is the progression model, there is meticulous planning and careful sequencing when teaching a skill.

All pupils will acquire knowledge that takes them beyond their everyday experiences and in doing so promote social justice by tackling inequality and social mobility. This is done by providing opportunities to correspond with speakers of the foreign language immersing young people in the language and experience culture. Cultural understanding will be enriched through appropriate authentic materials alongside acknowledging festivals, traditions and customs which are relevant to the countries where the target language is spoken therefore ensuring our pupils become successful future citizens.

In summary, Westborough’s languages curriculum:

  1. Ensures an entitlement of knowledge and skills for all pupils regardless of their starting points developing self-efficacy and kindling curiosity.
  2. Exposes all our young people to ‘the best of what is thought and said’ necessary for students to work towards becoming a fluent and spontaneous speaker of the foreign language.
  3. Supports knowledge retention through regular and spaced retrieval of high frequency vocabulary, verbs and structures.
  4. Provides opportunities for pupils to correspond with speakers of the language hence taking pupils beyond their everyday experiences.
  5. Enable pupils to foster enjoyment and independence through the teaching of numeracy and literacy skills across a wide range of contexts. Numeracy will be developed through role plays, identifying grammar patterns and will be able to confidently use dates, times and higher numbers. Literacy skills are developed through developing knowledge of the target language.
  6. Develop pupil character, including resilience, confidence, equality, promoting social justice and independence, so that they contribute positively to the life of the school, their local community and the wider environment.
  7. Students will become aware of the advantages that learning a language can offer both in their personal and working lives becoming successful future citizens through their cultural awareness, linguistic competencies and their understanding of working opportunities within a globalised society.

Curriculum Intent