The Scottish Government announced in 2011 plans to teach pupils at least two foreign languages in addition to their mother tongue, known as the 1+2 model, until the end of the third year of secondary school.
In Edinburgh, the City Council has announced that under the 1+2 scheme every pupil in Edinburgh is to receive lessons in two foreign languages by the time they leave primary school. The scheme in Edinburgh is due to start in 2017, three years ahead of a national deadline set for 2020.
It is the intention in that pupils will learn a second language from P1 and have experience of a third language from P5.
As part of the James Gillespie’s High School Cluster, James Gillespie’s Primary School is now implementing this scheme across all years.
We have two separate pages for French http://www.jamesgillespiesprimary.co.uk/french/ and Spanish http://www.jamesgillespiesprimary.co.uk/spanish/ , the second and third modern languages that are taught in our school. These pages will show information more specific to the teaching of these two languages at James Gillespie’s Primary.
A 1+2 Approach to Language Learning: Information for Parents
A useful leaflet for parents, produced in association with SCILT (Scotland’s National Centre for Languages) and University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.
Erasmus+ 2016 Key Action 101 School Education Funding
JGPS has been successful in its application for Erasmus+ Funding.
This funding will allow 9 members of James Gillespies’ staff to undertake Immersion Language training courses in Lyon, France and Malaga, Spain. The trips will take place during school holidays in the 2016/17 session.
This will develop the teachers’ fluency and pronunciation in the languages as they will be learning from native speakers. The teachers will be able to share their experiences of the different cultures with both staff and pupils on their return.
To celebrate World Book Day, ‘The Gruffalo’, by Julia Donaldson, was read on Friday 4th March at our Assemblies, in 19 different languages. The school languages represented were English, German, Arabic, Greek, Italian, Finish, Scots, Dutch, Korean, Spanish, Romanian, Polish, Urdu, Portuguese, Marathi, Malay, French, Gaelic and Swiss-German. We would like to wish all the parents who came in to read the story a huge ‘thank you’. We were also very proud of P6 and P7 children who took part. Thank you to PSAs who volunteered to read as well.
The children really enjoyed listening to all of the different languages.