The evidence shared by Primary Languages Network teachers shows examples of the four core skills and language learning skills.The examples have been captured in the classroom on the day that the learning took place from KS1 to UKS2. We hope that these examples help primary schools have confidence in their own primary languages teaching and learning plus we hope that the evidence in the “making progress” blogposts (Making Progress 1) so far support secondary colleagues in their developing understanding of the language learning in primary schools.
The evidence in this post has been gathered from a sample of our 330 plus Primary Languages Network schools in French,Spanish and German (KS1 to UKS2) between October 2018 and end of November 2018 .
Our listening and responding activities this half term have challenged the learners to use their developing listening skills not only to listen and join in but also to apply familiar language knowledge to new learning experiences.Here’s a perfect example of this!.
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Learning languages,enjoying stories and becoming confident listeners is an integral part of the progress we help children to make throughout the year in primary language learning.Starting early in KS1 enables the children to build their confidence in listening to both familiar and unfamiliar language.
The teacher in the photo above is a native speaker of the language.You can find out more about the role our associate teachers play in 49 of our network schools here: Primary languages classroom teacher service
Throughout our language lessons across the academic year we revisit and practise sounds and spellings of the target languages.
We are now beginning to focus upon reasoning and mastery of sound spelling right from the start of learning a language in Year 3.
Our Ready Made SOW enables teachers to use everyday language in new ways.We love the robots and commands in Year 4 and so do the children and it’s that time of year again for Year 4 to programme their robots.
From listening and responding to speaking single words, phrases and sentences the focus this half term is upon familiar language being revisited and new language being intorduced and used in creative and memorable learning opportunities.
As the year progresses we never forget the basics.Year 4 have been revisiting numbers and linking this to simple number sentences in Maths. Year 4 and 5 have been exploring more complicated number sequences and exploring and practising their listening skills with a fantastic Disney learning hook!
It wouldn’t be PRIMARY languages if we didn’t ensure that we celebrated along with the whole school community.This term offers so many opportunities to develop language learning skills, build language knowledge and share in the whole school celebrations calednar too.Here are some of the examples shared with us of children making progress in listening.speaking ,reading and writing linked to special annual events this term.Plus this year we couldn’t help developing 3rd person singular writing skills in Year 5 linked to our work on verbs and personal information to celebrate the visit of”The Giants” to Liverpool!
It’s a pleasure to see how the learners are exploring unfamiliar language and combining this with their growing confidence in writing in a target language to be creative and to create class display and even to write their own simple poems with scaffolded support.
As always we continue to develop children’s understanding and appreciation of the cultures and communities in which the target languages are spoken as first languages.
Two wonderful examples we received recently are shared below.