The purpose of the languages curriculum at Bishop Barrington is to ensure every child has the opportunity to acquire and practise their knowledge of Languages. The curriculum centres on the four key skills that make up a foreign language: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing and provides opportunities for students to communicate with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity. The coherently sequenced curriculum has been designed to challenge and engage all students whilst ensuring they become resilient and independent learners. Furthermore, the curriculum enables students to discover and develop an appreciation of the culture in countries where Spanish is spoken; broadening their knowledge of the world that they live in. This knowledge provides the foundation for learning further languages and equips students with the skills necessary to communicate and work with people from other countries.
Homework plays a very important role in the reinforcement and consolidation of learning in Languages. Homework is set every week in KS4 and at least every fortnight in KS3. The homework is always linked to the Schemes of Learning and is a mixture of different tasks, eg. learning vocabulary, tenses and grammar rules, writing tasks, reading tasks, listening tasks and creative activities. Learning homework is assessed with weekly vocabulary tests and we also encourage students to use a variety of online resources to support their independent language learning.
Memrise – language learning app, free to download.Takes you through lots of vocabulary and grammar.