‘If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.’ Nelson Mandela

Subject Intent

St John’s Church of England Academy understands that learning a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. We recognise the importance of our children having a knowledge and understanding of the wider world, in order to broaden their horizons and to recognise and appreciate life outside of the Forest of Dean.

As part of the requirement to teach KS2 pupils a language, pupils at our school will be taught Spanish. We believe our languages curriculum opens pupils up to a variety of cultures and helps to foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world, creating potential opportunities in the future for visiting, studying and working abroad.

Our Languages Curriculum is taught through the Language Angels scheme of work and resources to ensure we offer a relevant, broad and ambitious curriculum were children will feel able to continue studying languages beyond KS2.

Curriculum Drivers
Through the delivery of our curriculum, we want our children to be ready for life beyond St John's Church of England Academy.
We aspire for them to be:
As an International Speaker we want our children...

To foster a curiosity and understanding of the world.


By teaching a language, we aim to ensure 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.
  • Write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using a variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt.
  • Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.
The Language Angels School Scheme

We use Language Angels School Scheme to support our teaching and learning of Spanish. Language Angels provide a wide range of teaching units to deliver all of the required elements of the National Curriculum.


The impact and measure of our MFL curriculum is to ensure that children at St John’s Church of England Academy are equipped with the skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world.


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