The Languages Subject Leader is Mr Harvey
Curriculum drivers shape our curriculum breadth and our ambition for our children to study the best of what has been thought and said by many generations of academics and scholars.
They are derived from an exploration of our children’s backgrounds, within our locality, underpinned by our beliefs about high quality education and our values, rooted in the Mission of the Church. They are used to ensure we give our children appropriate and ambitious curriculum opportunities, applicable to them. The fundamental principles of education, within all subject areas, at St Joseph’s are:
- Growth: Pupils aspire to be the best and grow to achieve their dreams.
- Diversity: Our pupils recognise the diverse world in which we live, in turn broadening their horizons.
Threshold Concepts in Languages
These are the ‘big ideas’ that shape our children’s thinking within each subject. The same threshold concepts will be explored in every year group and the children will gradually increase their understanding of them.
Exploring a concept will never be complete; our children will continue to explore them for as long as they study the subject, within different contexts, to ensure this learning has tangibility and meaning.
- Read fluently
This concept involves recognising key vocabulary and phrases.
- Write imaginatively
This concept involves using key vocabulary and phrases to write ideas.
- Speak confidently
This concept involves using key vocabulary and phrases to verbally communicate ideas.
- Understand the culture of the countries in which the language is spoken
This concept involves the background knowledge and cultural capital needed to infer meaning from interactions.
Essential Characteristics of Languages
Each child will develop the following characteristics, during their time at St Joseph’s, when exploring the Threshold Concepts:
- The confidence to speak with good intonation and pronunciation.
- Fluency in reading.
- Fluency and imagination in writing.
- A strong awareness of the culture of the countries where the language is spoken.
- A passion for languages and a commitment to the subject.
- The ability to use language creatively and spontaneously.
- An independence in their studies and the ability to draw upon a wide range of resources.
Breadth of Study
The overview below provides a breadth of study which meets the requirements of the National Curriculum:
|Key Stage 1||Key Stage 2|
|• Languages is optional at Key Stage 1.
|• In the chosen modern language:
• Look at the culture of the countries where the language is spoken.
• If an ancient language is chosen, read, translate and explore the culture of the time.
Because the Threshold Concepts are repeated in every year group, it is important that the children progress in their understanding of them. Therefore, ‘Milestones’ are used, which contain a range of descriptors which give more detail to be discovered within the concept. Over a two year period (for example, Years 1 and 2), the children will become more and more familiar with these details by exploring them in a breadth of contexts. Milestones form part of our internal Medium Term Plans.