The intention of the Spanish curriculum at St Mary's C of E Primary School is that children are prepared to develop an interest in learning other languages in a fun and enjoyable way. We support children to show their confidence, and we aim to stimulate and develop their interest in Spanish. We plan links to build their awareness of cultural differences in other Spanish speaking countries.
Our MFL curriculum is designed to progressively develop children's skills in Spanish throughout regularly prepared lessons. Children acquire gradually, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary organised around topics. These covered themes include numbers, culture, animals, living, colours, house and home, food and drink, the classroom, the time, clothes and hobbies. Furthermore, in upper KS2, we make sure children learn the basic grammar to make all types of sentences: interrogative, affirmative, exclamative, and negative.
It is intended that when children leave our school, they will have a genuine interest to explore other Spanish speaking countries, not just because of the language but also the culture. They will learn that, in a bilingual world, it is a relevant ability to communicate effectively with others in another language.
MFL (Spanish) is taught across KS2 in a weekly 60-minute lesson. A subject specialist teacher is responsible for all the teaching within the school. Furthermore, throughout KS1, children receive a 30-minute lesson every week or two weeks. This is supplemented by using the spoken language in the classroom to learn instructions, greetings and basic vocabulary that enables the kids to develop early language acquisition skills for KS2.
Our MFL curriculum is designed to develop our children’s language skills and love of learning a language. We make sure our kids learn the language by practising the primary skills: speaking, listening, writing and reading. It progressively develops language skills across Key Stage Two. Thanks to this, the children acquire a new language and then apply it in a range of different scenarios and topics. We encourage children to develop their speaking and listening skills through everyday work, songs, movies and games. Regarding writing, each child has a book where the written work can be shown. Our activities range from matching, filling the gaps and multi-choice questions to long sentences and paragraphs.
Every week, at the beginning of each lesson, the children will revisit and reinforce their previous learning to make sure they are ready for the new content. All the weekly sessions will help children to build on prior knowledge alongside the introduction of new skills.
We ensure our children will develop the objectives set out by the national curriculum. Pupils will:
Listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding.
Explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
Engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to others; seek clarification and help.
Speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures.
Develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases.
Present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences
Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing.
Appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language.
Broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words introduced into familiar written material, including through a dictionary.
Write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences to express ideas clearly.
Describe people, places, things and actions orally* and in writing
Understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English.
As a result, all our pupils enjoy Spanish lessons and show great enthusiasm for learning the language and Spanish culture. They recognise and remember essential Spanish vocabulary and can write a limited amount in Spanish. You will see our Spanish work around the school in the corridor displays and the classrooms. Also, in our Spanish books, the hard work throughout the academic year is reflected. Similarly, as a foreign language, we make sure the spoken language (pronunciation, phonics and sounds) is assessed during the lesson making questions and showing ongoing participation. The curriculum and its impact are monitored through planning, books, displays, and discussions with teaching staff and pupils' voices.