The intention of the Languages curriculum at Willow Tree Academy is that children are taught to develop an interest in learning other languages in a way that is enjoyable and stimulating. We encourage children’s confidence and we strive to stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language. In planning, we actively plan links to develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries, through our protected characteristics, British values and curriculum enrichment opportunities.
We strive to embed the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing necessary to enable children to use and apply their language learning in a variety of contexts and lay the foundations for future language learning. Our MFL curriculum is designed to progressively develop children skills in languages, through regular taught lessons. Children progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary organised around topics. We follow the ‘Willow Tree Academy’ Scheme of work to ensure coverage and progression across school. This has been developed using supporting materials such as La Jolie Ronde and Lightbulb Languages. We use Language Nut as an online tool to support language learning. Every year, the schools in the academy come together to celebrate language learning by taking part in the Willow Tree Vision competition.
Our yearly scheme of work can be found here.