The recently released national curriculum in England announced a new statement on Foreigner Language at key stage 2. This change is due to revolutionise the way Foreigner Languages are taught in schools and consequently open doors for Modern Languages, such as Portuguese.
Below we give a summary of the document, which sets out the framework for the national curriculum.
The national curriculum includes, amongst others, the following:
- contextual information about both the overall school curriculum and the statutory national curriculum, including the statutory basis of the latter;
- aims for the statutory national curriculum;
- statements on inclusion, and on the development of pupils’ competence in numeracy and mathematics, language and literacy across the school curriculum;
- programmes of study for all the national curriculum subjects other than for key stage 4 English, mathematics and science. A formal consultation on the key stage 4 programmes of study for these subjects will commence in the autumn term.
The section about Modern Foreign languages starts on page 212, of the document and states as follows:
Key stage 2: Foreign languages
Teaching may be of any modern or ancient foreign language and should focus on enabling pupils to make substantial progress in one language. The teaching should provide an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and should lay the foundations for further foreign language teaching at key stage 3. It should enable pupils to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing, focused on familiar and routine matters, using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary.
You might also want to see here: (page 4)
“we have removed the proposed list of languages from the key stage 2 programme of study for foreign languages to give schools a free choice over which modern or ancient language pupils should study over the four years of key stage 2”
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