Modern Foreign Languages:
Learning a foreign language is a necessary part of being a member of a multi-cultural society and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality language education should foster children’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable children to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping children to study and work in other countries.
The National Curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
- Speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
- Can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
- Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.
We are very lucky at Rillington Primary School to have two Teaching Assistants who are trained in Makaton.
Mrs Jackie Clark has completed her Level 1 Makaton course
Mrs Donna McBurnie has Completed her Foundation Makaton Course (level 1&2), Level 3 Makaton course and The Makaton Safeguarding course.
Makaton can be seen being used within the class rooms in which the Teaching Assistants work.
Mrs McBurnie began to run a signing club after school, before COVID. This was originally intended to be for ten children in years 2-6. Mrs McBurnie got an overwhelming amount of children and staff wanting to participate, so it was opened up to more children. It quickly became the most popular club in school, which shows a great deal about the children at Rillington Primary School. We have children within the school who use Makaton as a communication tool and speaking with the children within school it quickly became apparent that they wanted a way to communicate with them. The club learn basic signs, watch music videos from Singing Hands and join in and also they made a video for the story The Snail and the Whale. Signing club will return once restrictions due to COVID are lifted.