"You live a new life for every language you speak"
Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.
Zaytouna Primary School we pride ourselves on our Islamic ethos. It is this golden thread that allows us to create links to the Arabic language. We teach Arabic in a way that sparks an interest in learning other languages by making it as enjoyable and stimulating as possible. We understand the importance of learning another language and the awareness of culture that comes with it. To give the children the best possible start in their journey to learning Arabic, we begin teaching in Early Years and continue until Year 6. By the end of Year 6 we hope to have given the children the foundation for them to further their development and knowledge related to the Arabic language and to look beyond the cultural links.
We strive to embed the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing necessary to enable children to use and apply their Arabic learning in a variety of contexts. Children progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary organised around topics. The scheme of work, throughout the school, has been designed to meet these needs and the nature of our school as an Islamic school; we are providing cross curricular links to the Qur’an, were children will begin to learn the language of their faith. We teach two forms of Arabic: Modern Standard Arabic language, which are similar but easier than the “formal” Arabic language, known as Classical Arabic, which is the language that the Qur’an is written in, this form of teaching will aid children to read the Quranic text.