(Wolsey House Primary School - Leicester)
I would happily recommend Language Angels for primary languages. We have been using the scheme for 3 years (can you check that Paolo - that may be wrong) and have gone from French being delivered less than weekly, to being covered regularly and happily by all members of staff with confidence and ease. The children have shown growing confidence and fluency and they all look forward to their lessons. A recent Local Authority inspection commented that they were very impressed by the French classes they saw. As the Languages Leader, I find the Tracking and Progression Tool a fantastic resource to check on the whole school progress at any point in the year and to analyse the points or skills that might need more input during staff training.
(Allington Primary School - Maidstone)
Language Angels has revitalised the teaching of MFL in my school. Previously, I was not keen to teach Spanish as I felt I did not have the skills. Language Angels has provided us with a ready-made programme that is very easy to use whilst also ensuring that the children get engaging and challenging Spanish lessons. The teachers' notes, translations and differentiated worksheets are all excellent but it's the pronunciation that has really helped us. The children hear the words and phrases when we click on the icon on the screen and are able to say the words correctly; their pronunciation is great! My class assure me that they enjoy their Spanish lessons and this is echoed through KS2.
(St Margaret's at Hasbury C of E Primary School - West Midlands)
We have been using Language Angels at Hasbury at St Margaret's for nearly two years. Language Angels has helped us to structure how languages are taught across KS2, importantly ensuring language teaching isn't just a bank of words - the modules spiral and revisit earlier teaching helping children the retrieve and importantly build words, into phrases and scaffold conversation. We can see how our children will be very well prepared for their secondary language journey. We have also added in informal exposure for our EYFS and KS1 children, due to the resources being so easy for staff to access, not adding extra workload to their already busy schedules. Paolo and the team are very responsive and helpful. The CPD offered is excellent. Thank you!
(St. John's CE (Aided) Primary School - County Durham)
Language Angels has simply transformed our whole delivery of Primary Languages in KS2! All staff, regardless of their own language experience, express their confidence in teaching French to their classes. The lesson, resources, PowerPoints and embedded audio have enabled our staff to present high quality Primary Language lessons. Lessons allow all children to access vibrant and stimulating lessons, building on previous learning. The built-in assessments in each unit cover all aspects of learning a new language. As subject lead, the supporting documents have been particularly helpful. Our children also enjoy learning French with Language Angels. Regardless of ability, pupils are engaged in lessons and find the repetition of learning new vocabulary a positive experience on which they can build their own learning. Our teaching of Language Angels has even inspired a number of children to continue their own language learning at home. After learning numbers to 100, a Year 4 boy independently worked out how to write and say numbers up to 10,000! In summary, Language Angels is an excellent online teaching tool which I highly recommend to any primary school looking to improve the delivery of primary languages.
(Northside School - London)
We find Language Angels to be a fantastic resource in teaching French in our school. Not only do the topics offer great opportunities for progression in all the communication strands but also covers grammar really well. The visuals, games and sound bites are really helpful to keep the children engaged, and the assessments at the end of each unit are so helpful to see how the children are progressing. Also, the Home School addition to the website was excellent for children working at home during lockdown, and even now where we have new children joining the school, or children with SEN, using these units on iPads in school for individuals has proved very helpful. The online games are lovely for the children to be able to access at home too. Thank you, Language Angels, for all you do!
(Djanogly Sherwood Academy - Nottingham)
As a non-Spanish speaker, it's a great place for me to start and to anchor my own understanding as well as the children's learning on to. I have found the resources clear and easy to use and the lessons are well structured and helpful without overloading the children.
(Grenoside Primary School - Sheffield)
I have taught French in primary schools for nearly 20 years and am a very confident French speaker, teaching lessons almost entirely in French but using Language Angels resources to support my teaching (both worksheets and the PowerPoints). However, last year we changed to teaching Spanish - thank goodness for Language Angels! I have only very basic Spanish and am not nearly as confident with my pronunciation so I have used the sound in every lesson this year which is new for me. I really like the topic links which allow us to develop the children's understanding of history through their language learning as well (and give us further opportunities to revisit learning). We use the assessment materials at the end of each unit to help inform our teacher assessments and children like to see how they're doing by seeing what they can remember without feeling threatened because there is a word bank to support them. I think I would struggle to teach Spanish without Language Angels - it not only supports my own language learning but provides everything I need to help me support the children.
(Discovery Academy - Hyde)
We have been using Language Angels at our school over the past two years with KS2 children and have also introduced Spanish to early years and KS1. The children enjoy the different topics and look forward to their weekly lesson. Language Angels makes it fun, interactive and provides great display materials. We have been really impressed with the package and materials provided, it easy to use and has been a god send to the Teachers and Teaching Assistants without the burden of planning and concern about the pronunciation of some words. Language Angels provides phonics materials to support the children and adults in order to pronounce the sounds correctly. This has really made it possible for us all to improve our Spanish language skills. The different assessment tools are very useful at the end of each unit and allow the children to self -assess and see their progress made. I have found the free training provided very useful, informative and up to date. I have shared my training with my colleagues to improve our delivery of lessons and support the children to become confident. Language Angels has also been really useful during Covid as we have been able to send passwords home for each class and continue with the class topic and set home learning challenges. Language Angels has been invaluable and thanks to everyone at Language Angels for all your support and guidance.
(British School Al Khubairat - Abu Dhabi)
It is with great pleasure that I write this testimonial, especially as I have been using Language Angels for almost four years and it just keeps getting better and better! What I love most about this resource is that Francesca, Paolo and their team never sit still. They are constantly developing the programme, adding more topics, providing new resources and listening to those who are using it and responding to our needs. Language Angels is so well-received by pupils. They love the illustrations, the songs, the games and the topics. Each topic provides opportunities to scaffold the language, building upon previous knowledge and challenging students through a variety of differentiated activities. For those who are non-specialists; sound files, guidance and lesson plans are provided too. To support those who lead languages in their school, the Curriculum guidance section is brilliant. In it, you can find everything you will need to get through an inspection and to lead your department. I have even taken many of the documents provided and then adapted them to cover my Arabic section in the department, as it is a great way to support progression, transition and target setting. The Tracking and Progression Tool is invaluable to be able to demonstrate the achievement of every pupil and show progression through the various skills. When you teach over 500 students, it’s so helpful! In addition to the super resources, there are also the Webinars which have been hosted by Francesca and Paolo. They always bring a smile to my face with their banter but it’s their passion that shines through! The CPD they provide is insightful and packed full of useful tips and ideas and it’s FREE! This really does set them apart from other schemes as they provide a personal touch and they empathise with teachers! The support they provide is excellent and they are only just an email away, always responding to your questions, whether it’s a technical issue or a curriculum conundrum. I recommend this scheme to anyone who asks for a comprehensive Primary Languages resource; it’s brilliant!
(Green Lane Primary Academy - Garforth)
As a school we are new to Language Angels. The team have been amazing. They have tweaked the KS2 Spanish long-term plan to fit with our history topics, which has been extremely helpful. When we first got Language Angels, we had a Zoom meeting with Paolo, which was extremely useful and he went through the site step by step, which staff members found really useful. I have asked several questions since we started, and we always receive a prompt response.