“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart."
At Bute House, we are proud to offer both French and Spanish from Year 1 to Year 6. Lessons are taught by native specialist teachers, with a dedicated language assistant for each language to enhance the learning experience. KS1 develop an ear and taste for the language through songs, props and stories. KS2 learn with a variety of resources aiming at developing speaking and listening, but also reading and writing. Bilingual pupils also stretch their expertise, working through plans specifically designed for them and receiving 1:1 support from our assistants on a regular basis.
We use and combine books in print, real-life props and board games, CD-R programmes, and websites such as Espresso and Linguascope. ICT and video play an important part in our teaching. We use digital technology to record and showcase pupils’ language use through audio visual projects.
Language assemblies allow pupils to display their abilities in front of the whole school, and dedicated French and Spanish days focus on the cultural aspects of the language. Pen-pal exchanges with pupils from a Spanish school are also in place.
Rafaela Valle Head of Languages/Spanish Teacher
Elisa Barber French Teacher