Primary Languages at Oldfield Park Junior School
"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, it goes to his heart."
Learning a foreign language is a necessary part of being a member of a multi-cultural society and provides an opening to other cultures. At OPJS it is our intent to should foster children's curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world through high-quality languages education. Children express their ideas and thoughts in another language and understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. We hope our language teaching provides the foundation for learning further languages, equipping children to study and work in other countries.
At Oldfield Park Junior School we further pupils’ understanding of languages through our Language of the Term activities as well as enrichment sessions like European Day of Languages, Japan Day and regular Residential visits to France and the Netherlands.
The teaching of Primary Languages across the school follows the National Curriculum through the use of The Primary French Project (Institut Français), pupils are generally taught weekly. Through regular teaching, children are taught to:
- listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
- explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and start to link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
- engage in supported conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help
- speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
- present ideas and information orally
- start to read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
- appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
- broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary
- start to write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly
- describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing
- understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine and masculine forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English.
- Have an insight into the life, culture and capital of France.
Assessment of children's learning in Primary Languages is an ongoing monitoring of children's understanding, knowledge and skills by the class teacher, throughout lessons. This assessment is then used to inform differentiation, support and challenge required by the children.
Summative assessment is conducted by class teachers across each year group of the school to inform the subject leader of progress or skills and knowledge still to be embedded. This is to be recorded on the Primary Languages Assessment Spreadsheet (in development).
Primary Languages is also monitored by the subject leader throughout the year in the form of book monitoring, drop-ins and informal pupil interviews to discuss their learning and understanding and establish the impact of the teaching taking place.
The Holland - Friday 12th October, 2018
Windmills! We’ve explored a traditional Dutch village and scaled an enormous windmill. We’ve learnt about the history of chocolate in the surrounding area, AND we’ve created our own chocolate packaging. To top-off another fun-filled day, we have also boldly gone to the European Space Agency’s education centre and witnessed our final Dutch sunset on the beach. Tomorrow we begin the long journey home ...
Holland - Thursday 11th October, 2018
Greetings from sunny Holland. The end of another adventure-packed day. Today we have taken part in an exciting canal cruise learning about the history of Amsterdam, been tutored in the production of both clogs AND cheese, and we’ve experienced priceless classics in the Van Gogh Gallery. The children have just returned from a dusk romp on the beach and we are all (kids and adults alike) paddling on the edge of exhaustion! Currently, the children are enjoying milk and Dutch cookies as we count down the timer until bedtime (42 minutes and 17 seconds). Another update will follow tomorrow.
Holland - Wednesday 10th October, 2018
Hallo from Noordwijk! What an incredible time we are having! We have not stooped since arriving last night, for sure! We have visited Amsterdam seeing ALL the sights, followed by an amazing trip to the Nemo Science Museum. the children were fascinated with all the exhibits and loved playing with all there was to offer. Our final outing of the day was to the beautiful beach of Noordwijk where the children enjoyed digging holes, searching for shells and splashing in the North Sea with a glorious sunset as the backdrop. Mr Dack’s smiling and is currently working on the production of the year “Holland the Movie”. More to follow! And yes, “stooped” was on purpose.