Our aim is to provide an excellent education for all our students; an education which brings out the best in all of them and prepares them for success in life.
The purpose for language learning is to broaden our knowledge and understanding of different countries and culture. It is important for students to know more about the world in which we live which may impact on their future choices in regards to travel. Not only do we learn about different cultures but it also helps us to understand our own ways of life. Languages are also important to develop social skills and confidence and we ensure that our students speak regularly in the language they are learning in order to feel more self-confident. This is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge that they will need for success in education, professional development and later life. In our curriculum we teach the importance of speaking a foreign language in regards to careers and global issues.
Consistently within our department, we seek opportunities within our curriculum to support students in developing spirituality, morality, social and cultural awareness and emotional intelligence. We promote and nurture British Values; democracy; individual liberty; the rule of law; mutual respect; tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs through the teaching of certain topics, such as family and relationships; home, area and environment; holidays; global issues; social and economic issues; and future plans such as, university, careers and ambitions. In addition we seek to provide a curriculum to support social policy goals. Within our KS3 and KS4 curriculum we support them in living healthy lives with healthy relationships by promoting both physical and emotional wellbeing through the teaching of topics on healthy lifestyle, drugs and alcohol and hobbies and sports. This is done in order to support them in becoming ambitious, resilient, successful, healthy and well-rounded adults.
Standardised written assessments, reading, listening and speaking tests are done for Key Stage 3, as well as for Key Stage 4. These are done in order to produce both formative and summative methods of assessment that promote retention and recall of knowledge. The school’s curriculum allows subject expertise to develop over time. Teachers within our department are able to meet regularly in order to discuss pedagogy and share good practice. We are also now able to gage further subject specialism from our United Learning’s subject advisor. This will impact on attainment as teachers will be teaching good quality lessons across the department. Staff will also share tips with one on the best vocabulary learning techniques and high-level language which will help our students to achieve in the future.
In our lessons within the department, we use the Rosenshine Principles. Students review their previous learning through starter activities. In lessons, pupils are quizzed on prior knowledge in order to embed this knowledge in their long term memory. New material is given to students in small steps, such as through a variety of short activities using the necessary skills for language learning: listening, reading, speaking and writing.
As a department we are able to offer a wide-range of extra-curricular activities through a Spanish club and additional periods of study for students in Key Stage 4. Furthermore we aim to do trips abroad to France and Spain in order to develop their knowledge and understandings of other cultures. Students also have the ability to speak in the foreign tongue. This develops skills for British Values as they are demonstrating a tolerance for others. Students also have the opportunity to learn other languages through visits to local universities where they also delve further into the importance of language learning.
As a department we strive to create a love of language learning and we hope to encourage students to visit the world in order to discover new and wonderful cultures. We strive to ensure students are aware of all the different avenues for their future aspirations, ambitions and that they have a thirst for knowledge for the world around them. For students who wish to study in this area for GCSE, we aim to support students in fulfilling their potential, helping them to achieve the highest possible results, progress and attainment in both so that they are well equipped to pursue a future career in this area should they wish to do so.