Languages (French, Spanish, Latin)


INTENT:      The vision for Languages at Lakeside

At Lakeside, we want to instil in children curiosity and fascination of other languages and cultures.  We have chosen to explore three different languages through key stage two, and have the opportunity for children to complete an independent language study in year 6.  Through the explicit teaching of the Spanish, Latin and French languages, culture and traditions as well as the geography of the countries including famous landmarks are explored. We nurture children's inquisitive nature through the exploration of life in another country. We facilitate purposeful activities for children to apply the skills, knowledge and understanding and to communicate this to a range of audiences. Learning a language can help a move away from stereotypical views; it develops an understanding of diversity as well as seeing the shared values and beliefs between cultures. At Lakeside, it is our aim that through the teaching of MFL we can celebrate the diversity of the languages in our school community. We aim for children to have a broad view of the world and its languages and to leave Lakeside with the confidence to be able to exchange basic phases in each of the languages.  The opportunity to either further study one of the languages already experience, or study a new language in year 6 will deepen children’s love of languages.  By exploring multiple languages will enable them to make connections between the different languages and understand the origins of language and how they have contributed to the English language we speak today, it will also help them to make informed choices about further language study at secondary school.

Curriculum Design, Coverage & Progression

The Languages overview details how the objectives are mapped out, initially starting with greetings and basic information about the country and moving through to talking about healthy living, foods and festivals.  Our languages curriculum encompasses all the elements of our whole school PROUD curriculum, pride in learning, taking ownership of what we would like to find out about different countries and how we can be independent learners to fulfil this. Reading Skills are used to understand the language and oracy skills needed to speak the language. Demonstrating Drive and motivation to engage in a range of activities and developing the skills of a 'Lakeside Speaker'. The Languages curriculum builds upon the children's communication through opportunities for speaking; reading through recognition of words and common sounds; spelling patterns and writing. The cultures and festivals of the countries are focused on culture days which include the wider curriculum such as art and music as well as food help to develop the children's skills and knowledge.


The Languages section of the year groups 'What we are learning about' outlines the knowledge and skills that will be the focus of each topic. Year groups share 'The Big Picture' at the start of a unit to outline to the children the knowledge and skills that will be achieved by the end of the unit. The 'Big Picture' will be shared at the start of each lesson in the sequence, to reinforce the previous lessons learning and assess children's understanding through questioning, low stakes quizzing and peer discussion.

Scaffolds are a common feature to support children's learning within lessons, for example the use of language structures, displayed vocabulary and visual stimuli. The use of familiar stories and songs are used to support the children in their learning of the language. Communication in print supplements this support.

Languages lead will carry out a pupil voice alongside a book look for pupils to share their learning and their French, Spanish or Latin knowledge. 

Staff voice is used to identify effective resources, subject knowledge, CPD needed and what is working well. Languages are celebrated through central displays.

For the Languages Curriculum Coverage document, see below: 

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