At Sirius Academy our implementation of the Languages curriculum is through research-based delivery which is focused on long term recall, understanding of cognitive load, self-efficacy in students and teaching content which is accessible to all students. We use the Conti method to deliver our curriculum, which incorporates many applied Rosenshein principles, to ensure students learning is retained in their long-term memory.
Primarily at KS3 we use sentence builders. These are a tool which are accessible to all students; are easy for them to use and contain the right amount of words and structures that they can cope with. These allow us to develop listening and reading as modelling, a more natural way to acquire new language. Our sentence builders contain English to establish meaning and make them comprehensible for students. Grammar and sentence structure is taught via example and are focused on high frequency content which is also useful in real life communication. We also provide opportunities to recycle and interleave old and new grammar structures and vocabulary.
In addition to including prior knowledge in new topics, we routinely check prior knowledge at the start of lessons, checking for misconceptions and gaps in knowledge or understanding. Sentence builders allow teachers to model, scaffold and support students develop their language skills. As students develop their skills the level of support from the sentence builders can be reduced or increased depending on students’ individual needs.