At Burradon Community Primary School, we take our aim for Modern Foreign Languages from our core values:
Be curious about the world around you, ask questions and investigate.
Care and respect yourself, other people, our school and the wider world.
At Burradon, we teach a foreign language to our children as part of the normal curriculum. We do this to:
We teach French to our Key Stage 2 children on a weekly basis. Where possible, teachers work with a Primary Languages Assistant from the North Tyneside Learning Trust, to allow children to interact with and learn from a native French speaker.
"I loved learning French with our Languages Assistant as we got to do different things like cooking and learning about school in France." Year 6 child
Year 5 and 6:
French in Year 5 and 6 is taught by an MFL Teacher. The focus is on developing reading and writing in addition to speaking and listening skills, building on the vocabulary children have acquired in Y3 and 4. Children also begin to learn about the grammar of the French language and how it differs from English at times.
"I love watching video clips of French children speaking." Year 6 child
"I like learning French because one day I'll be able to go to France and speak to people and make new friends." Year 5 child
Year 3 and 4:
French in lower Key Stage 2 is taught by the class teacher, MFL teacher or an HLTA. Games, conversations and songs are used to help children learn, but as children become more confident with the language, they also begin to record their understanding in writing, to support their learning in Year 5 and 6.
"I like playing games to help me remember colours." Year 3 child
"I love everything about French, but especially hearing how the words sound, it's so different from English." Year 4 child
Year 1 and 2:
Children in Y1 and 2 learn Mandarin with a specialist teacher from North Gosforth Academy. They have weekly half hour lessons using games, songs and conversations to inspire them to enjoy language learning and to help make them aware of the wider world. The children who go on to attend North Gosforth Academy will have the opportunity to continue learning Mandarin in Year 7.
"I like seeing the Chinese writing and cutting it out and sticking it in." Year 2 child
"I can sing a song with actions in Chinese." Year 1 child
"The children absolutely love Mandarin, they are engaged from the moment the lesson begins." Year 1 teacher
Children also have the opportunity to enrich their learning further by attending extra-curricular languages clubs.
In 2018 we successfully achieved re-accreditation in the British Council International Schools Award. As part of this project we held various themed activities across school, including a House Morning where we learned about Christmas around the World, we celebrated International School Meals Day in March 2018 where we tried foods from around the world and we held an International Week in the summer term 2018. Staff and pupils were praised in the letter from the British Council:
"I hope that the scope of your excellent international activities will continue to develop and benefit the school community; your support, commitment, creativity and innovative international work is greatly appreciated."