" A different language is a different vision of life." (Frederico Fellini)

A high-quality languages education should foster children’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. At Penketh South Primary, we are committed to ensuring that teaching enables pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. We recognise that competence in another language enables children to interpret, create and exchange meaning within and across cultures.


The aim of our Languages curriculum is to inspire and nurture an appreciation of languages so that our children can open the door to a world of possibilities that languages can offer both now and later in their lives. We want our children too to grow an appreciation of other cultures, customs and ways of life.

At Penketh South Primary School, German is delivered by the class teachers in Key Stage 2, supported by the Primary Languages Network Scheme of Work. Lesson content is mapped progressively within four key areas of language: speaking, listening, reading and writing.

In Key Stage our children are introduced to lanugages. Although non-statutory, at Penketh South CP School we believe this allows our children to have a great starting-point in learning a language and that it provides our children with the opportunity for pre-learning in the areas of speaking and listening.

From Year 3, reading and writing are embedded alongside speaking and listening and are taught progressively throughout Key Stage 2. In order to become articulate learners. children are provided with the opportunity to learn new vocabulary and phrases and to use their knowledge to take part in conversation with their peers.

The skills covered through blocks of work will include:
1. listening attentively to spoken language and showing understanding by joining in 
and responding
2. explore the patterns and sounds and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
3. speaking in sentences and engaging in conversations
4. developing accurate pronunciation and intonation
5. reading carefully and showing understanding
6. writing phrases from memory
7. broadening vocabulary and developing an ability to understand new words that 
are introduced
8. understanding basic grammar 
These skills will underpin the lessons we deliver.
Opportunities will be taken to positively promote equality and diversity

Also, click on the link below and have a look at the class pages for more detail.



Children are encouraged and supported to develop their speaking and listening skills through conversational work, singing activities, stories and games. As confidence and skill grows, children record their work through pictures, captions and sentences and paragraphs. Practical activities, songs and games are used to help improve memory and recall. In the classroom, where possible, instructions are given in German to expose children to the language as much as possible and in day-to-day contexts. Visual prompts are used to support children in translating new vocabulary.

Children are encouraged to use previous learning, cognates and near cognates in any languages they know to enhance new learning. As we follow the primary languages network scheme, progression within the four main areas of the curriculum is built in. 
How it is assessed: We strive to ensure that our attainment is in line or exceeds their potential when we consider the varied starting points of all our children. Learning quizzes are being used and ensure ensure that children are accessing work at age related expectations, with regular opportunities to be challenged.


The impact of our Languages curriculum is that children are encouraged to understand the relevance of what they are learning in languages and how it relates to everyday life and travel. Also how it could help them in another country or to talk to a German speaker. Teachers foster an enjoyment of languages through a variety of interactive lessons. Languages is a key element to support tolerance within the classroom and wider afield. It helps the learner to understand and compare cultural elements within their own country and other countries. 

Progression should be evident in the development of key skills and acquisition of main work in children’s books, through recordings and photographs. Verbal and written feedback and watching back recordings of themselves ensures there is an feel positive about languages. To ensure consistency of delivery the Subject Lead offers support or CPD as appropriate.

Subject Leader: Mrs Janou Birchall - Communication and Expression Team

National Curriculum Languages at KS2

Languages Progression Document



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Penketh South CP School
Finlay Ave, Penketh, Warrington WA5 2PN
Headteacher | Angela Grace
Chair of Governors | Carolyn Williams
SENCO | Lorraine Browne