Lightbulb Languages:Lightbulb Languages is a progressive scheme of work we use here at Sandhurst Primary School in Key Stage 2. Although Lightbulb Languages provides lessons plans and has resources that can be used for every lesson, the framework does not prescribe specific topics or contexts for learning. It gives teachers the freedom to be creative and innovative and to devise programs of work and activities, which will engage, excite and challenge children. Lessons are stimulating, enjoyable and challenging, reflecting children’s increasing maturity as they move through Key Stage 2. We aim to offer inspiration to communicate and use French creatively and in real life situations. The core Learning Objectives for speaking, reading, writing and listening are progressive and are listed in full for each year.
At Sandhurst, French is a subject the children enjoy because it is something different in the curriculum. They get lessons delivered once a week by one of our native French teaching assistants who ensures work is completed to a high standard. Children begin to learn Spanish in Year 3 and continue up to Year 6. Lightbulb Languages allows children to learn new topics each year as it is a progressive scheme of work. As children develop the four skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) they are encouraged to use what they have learnt to speak to the teacher and their peers in French where appropriate. Children’s vocabulary is broadened through rich vocabulary taught during the input of the lesson and is then repeated throughout the lesson for children to absorb and use if they are confident. The French curriculum is well-planned and resourced with a focus on communication as this is key for our children’s futures.
As mentioned previously, Lightbulb Languages provides lesson plans to follow. Each lesson begins with an oral element to ensure pronunciation is correct, gets children engaged ready for their lesson and recaps previous lesson content. The lesson then moves onto the teacher input, where again, the listening and speaking skills are evident. The children will then be given some work which will be reading and writing with some oral activities. To finish the lesson, the teacher will then go over the work and end with some role play or songs.
Incorporating French into Key Stage 2’s weekly timetable is key so children can build up confidence and fluency in a foreign language. Lightbulb Languages ensures children progressively acquire, use and apply a developing bank of knowledge to use in and outside of French lessons. Through careful use of resources and planning, children have a chance to learn all four key skills of foreign languages which lay the foundations for their future.
Possible Career Aspirations for the Future
We want our pupils to develop a love for languages and as a result remind them, if they continue to aim high they could become a Specialist language teacher, Interpreter, Speech therapist across the globe or choose from many other exciting professions!