Languages

Nǐ hǎo!

Welcome to Languages at Woodchurch!

“A different language is a different vision in life.”
Frederico Fellini

At Woodchurch we aim to inspire a love of learning languages.  By beginning to speak and understand other languages our children will also foster curiosity, knowledge and understanding of the global society in which they live.  Furthermore, we believe that learning a second language plays a valuable role in supporting the understanding of English.

Our second language in school is Mandarin although we do encourage all our children to become aware of other languages and cultures through games, songs and stories. We believe that this is a crucial foundation to learning any language later at KS2 and beyond.

Although Languages are mandatory for KS2 only, EYFS and KS1 children are always excited to be introduced to new languages.  We do this by introducing them to songs and simple vocabulary in languages as and when they are relevant across the curriculum.

Through our links with the Tenterden Rural Alliance, we are fortunate to welcome Miss Wang to teach each of our Key Stage 2 classes.  She has also led Key Stage 1 workshops to celebrate Chinese New Year.  As a Hanban teacher, her role is teacher is to promote language, intercultural understanding and education between China and other countries.

As an active member of the Tenterden Rural Alliance (TRA) we have worked closely with Homewood School and Sixth Form College and our partner primary schools to develop a common KS2 language programme.  In this way we can be confident that when our children leave us to join their secondary school they will have a firm foundation in learning languages.

If you have any questions at all about the language curriculum at Woodchurch, please feel free to contact me by either meeting me on the school gate or by contacting me via the school office.

As the linguist Frank Smith said, “One language sets you in a corridor for life.  Two languages open every door along the way.”  We want our children to open as many doors as they can.

Jenny Leigh
Languages Leader

Click to view our MFL curriculum map.

Useful websites:

BBC:
The Lingo Show (KS1)

BBC Bitesize Mandarin (KS2)
BBC Schools Primary Mandarin
BBC Languages – Chinese