Languages at Westminster
Lead: Charlotte Reddy
At Westminster Primary Academy, we believe that through learning a language, children can learn more about their own language, lifestyle and culture. At the moment, French is being taught across Key Stage 2. Through languages, children explore culture in the country as well as traditions and language. This encourages children to be more aware of others and have a good social and cultural experience in school. At Westminster, language is taught through creative lessons for an hour a week. Children take part in lots of speaking and listening activities to build their vocabulary in french and to excite interest. Lessons are extremely active and all students in Key Stage two are able to participate through the inclusion of a variety of group work and pair work as well as games and team competitions.
We have celebrated European Day of Languages in September where children looked at French, Spanish, Italian and German. Students here at Westminster love learning another language!
Whist we appreciate the need for a Modern Foreign Language we also believe that the learning of an ancient language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for pupils. Our Year 5 pupils have been trialling the teaching of Latin. Pupils develop communication and general English skills that lay the foundation for future language learning. They develop linguistic competence, extend their knowledge of how language works, find out where our English language comes from and explore differences and similarities between them. Learning another language raises awareness of our multi-lingual and multi-cultural world, and introduces an international dimension to pupil’s learning.
The learning of an ancient language provides a medium for cross-curricular links and for reinforcement of knowledge, skills and understanding developed in other subjects. Latin also provides a platform to study Modern Foreign Languages such as Spanish, French and Italian.