St Cyprians Greek Orthodox Primary Academy – Greek Language Curriculum Intent
St Cyprian’s aims to inspire children to become life-long learners of languages and cultures through the teaching of Greek language. Our goal is to provide children with a linguistic competence of the highest quality through regular timetabled lessons that will enable them to achieve their full potential. In addition, through the Greek Curriculum, our pupils will experience aspects of the Greek culture that form the ethos and identity of our unique school.
Through the framework of the 2014 National Curriculum, Greek is taught at St Cyprian's Primary Academy and aims to ensure that all children:
- are able to listen attentively and show understanding by engaging and responding to spoken language. With the use of kinaesthetic activities, such as games, and through the teaching of songs, rhymes and dialogues, children will be able to explore the patterns and sounds of language, as well as link the sounds and meaning of words.
- with the help of visual and oral resources, can engage in conversations from a range of topics; ask and answer questions; seek clarification and help; express opinions and respond to those of others; present ideas and information orally; describe people, places, objects and actions orally. Speak in accurate pronunciation and intonation using familiar language structures.
- Develop reading skills in the areas of phonics, vocabulary and comprehension from word to sentence level through a variety of texts, including those of the taught language topics, as well as prayers, poems, songs and drama embedded in the cultural identity of our school.
- Learn to write in Greek progressing from letters to simple words and from sentences to short texts on familiar topics; children will be able to use or adapt language, from visual aids, that they have already learned and present their work.
At St Cyprians, through the Greek language, children are immersed into the culture of our school. As a result of this, they will familiarise themselves with the alphabet, vocabulary, grammar and structures of Greek language and, at the same time, acquire an understanding of another culture. This will equip them with the ability to learn other foreign languages and appreciate their respective cultures. To enhance this experience for our children, at the end of their student life at St. Cyprian’s children have the opportunity to partake on an immersive, cultural journey to Cyprus. All of these contribute to the students maturing into open-minded members of modern society.