At Grange Valley, we believe that the learning of a language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. It helps them to develop communication skills, including key skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing.
The children’s knowledge of how language works will be developed and extended. Lessons will enable pupils to make substantial progress in one language. The linguistic skills gained will assist and lay foundations for further language learning. It will provide pupils with the confidence and independence to explore and be able to attempt manipulation of the structure of language. Learning another language gives children a new and broader perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others.
My name is Miss Golding and I am the subject leader for Modern Foreign Languages at Grange Valley Primary School. When I was at secondary school, I studied two languages (French and German) so I was very excited about learning a third language when Grange Valley introduced Spanish to their curriculum! Speaking another language is a wonderful skill to have, not only does it help when travelling, it is also a great advantage for studying in general. Acquiring a second language develops our communication skills but also enables us to develop strong cognitive skills such as mental flexibility, multitasking, and problem-solving.
I believe that it is very important to engage children with language learning as early as possible. The best way to do this is by delivering lessons that are fun and inspiring. My aim is to support teachers, to enable them to teach Spanish in an exciting way that captures the children’s curiosity and leaves them wanting to learn more. Pupils will learn how to read and write basic sentences and gain confidence in speaking and listening in a new language through a wide range of songs, games and cultural activities related to Spain.
My hope is that the pupils at Grange Valley Primary School will develop an enthusiasm and love for language learning, which will prepare them for their language studies when they move on to secondary school.