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Together we are a family of God, a family of love, a family of learners

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There are, perhaps, a great many kinds of languages in the world, and no kind is without meaning. If then I do not know the meaning of the language, I will be to the one who speaks a barbarian, and the one who speaks will be a barbarian to me.

1 Corinthians 14:10-11

At St Mary’s Years 3 and 4 are taught weekly French lessons. Given our proximity to France, we want our children to learn how to speak, read and write in French. We believe that learning an additional language gives children an opportunity to broaden their horizons and provide them with an exciting social and cultural experience.

Children in Years 5 and 6 are taught weekly Latin lessons.  We follow the Minimus scheme of work, developed by Classics for All at Oxford University. We chose Latin to immerse our children in a rich, balanced and progressive curriculum. Learning Latin will support vocabulary development, a deeper understanding of grammatical structures in English and foreign languages and enable children to investigate the derivatives of language alongside historical stories.

Our aims:

  • Provide an exciting, rich, relevant and challenging French and Latin curriculum for all pupils.
  • To progressively develop our children’s acquisition of French and Latin
  • Foster curiosity and interest about different languages and cultures
  • Enable children to make links with learning in other subject areas, for example using Latin to understand spelling patterns and rules
  • Prepare children for transition to secondary school by introducing them to a modern foreign language and a classical language
  • Compare and contrast French and Latin words and grammar
  • Learning Latin will enrich children’s understanding of classical civilisations they have studied in history, such as the Romans in Britain

Statement of Intent

 

 At St Mary’s Years 3 and 4 are taught weekly French lessons. Given our proximity to France, we want our children to learn how to speak, read and write in French. We believe that learning an additional language gives children an opportunity to broaden their horizons and provide them with an exciting social and cultural experience. Children in Years 5 and 6 are taught weekly Latin lessons. We follow the Minimus scheme of work, developed by Classics for All at Oxford University.

We chose Latin to immerse our children in a rich, balanced and progressive curriculum. Learning Latin will support vocabulary development, a deeper understanding of grammatical structures in English and foreign languages and enable children to investigate the derivatives of language alongside historical stories.

Our aims:

  • Provide an exciting, rich, relevant and challenging French and Latin curriculum for all pupils.
  • To progressively develop our children’s acquisition of French and Latin
  • Foster curiosity and interest about different languages and cultures
  • Enable children to make links with learning in other subject areas, for example using Latin to understand spelling patterns and rules
  • Prepare children for transition to secondary school by introducing them to a modern foreign language and a classical language
  • Compare and contrast French and Latin words and grammar
  • Learning Latin will enrich children’s understanding of classical civilisations they have studied in history, such as the Romans in Britain

 

Implementation

 

Years 3 and 4 follow the ‘Classroom Secrets’ scheme of work. They orally rehearse the learning each day during the register, for example rehearsing how to count to ten in French. In addition, there is one thirty minute French lesson, which consolidates prior knowledge and introduces new vocabulary. This weekly lessons also enables children to practise reading and writing in French.

 

Years 4 and 5 follow the ‘Minimus’ scheme of work. Minimus is a Latin course for children, written by Barbara Bell and illustrated by Helen Forte. It is based on the lives of a real family at the Roman fort of Vindolanda. Children are taught how to read and write in Latin through a range of activities.

 

Impact

 

Through quality first teaching of French and Latin, we will see the impact of the subject in the following ways:

  • Children in Years 3 and 4 will be able to understand and respond to spoken and written French 
  • Children in Years 5 and 6 will be able to speak simple Latin phrases. They will be able to appreciate and understand a range of texts, written in Latin.
  • Children in KS2 will be able to communicate and understand in Latin and French with growing confidence and fluency
  • Children will learn to appreciate the culture of a modern foreign language and an ancient language
  • Children will be able to make connections to their learning in other subject areas
  • Children will transfer to KS3 effectively and successfully and will be well prepared to continue and develop their language skills.

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Together we are a family of God, a family of love, a family of learners.

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Trust Information

St Mary's Catholic Primary School is an academy, and part of the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership. The Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company registration number 08176019 at registered address: Barham Court, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5BZ. St Mary's Catholic Primary School is a business name of Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership.

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