Modern Foreign Languages
At Grove Street Primary School, we are keen to promote and spark interest into the study of a foreign language that is relevant to our pupils. Learning a foreign language is becoming increasingly important in today’s society, therefore we aim to embed the language into our curriculum to ensure that children leave our school with solid foundations to progress throughout secondary school. We aim to provide cultural capital by giving children opportunities to communicate with native speakers, explore other cultures and respect others way of life. Spanish is taught for one hour a week across key stage two (ages 7-11), as per statutory guidance in the National Curriculum.
In Spanish pupils will learn to:
- Read fluently
- Write independently
- Speak confidently
- Understand the culture of the countries in which Spanish is spoken
We aim to ensure pupils will:
- Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources.
- Speak fluently, confidently and spontaneously, continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.
- Write at a varying length, for different purposes and audiences.
- Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in Spanish.
Teaching Spanish from Year 3 to Year 6 enables pupils to make substantial progress in one language. Our lesson plans and teaching provides an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and lays the foundations for further foreign language teaching at key stage 3. It enables pupils to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing, focused on familiar and routine matters, using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary.
MFL is taught within classes in 30 minute to 1 hour blocks each week. Each lesson is structured to practice the four skills outlined in the curriculum – speaking, listening and responding, writing and reading. Different aspects of Spanish are taught during these lessons such as culture, vocabulary, grammar and phonics. Spanish is not solely taught during lesson time and children revisit the language throughout the week in short bursts, for example, taking the register, maths warm ups, birthdays and classroom commands. Spanish is delivered by class teachers. For further information about how Spanish is delivered throughout school please speak to your child’s class teacher and/or Miss Ellis, our MFL subject leader.
We hope that by the end of Year 6, pupils will have solid foundations and basic knowledge of Modern Foreign Language to support their learning throughout secondary school. By embedding crucial skills from Year 3 in writing, speaking and listening, we hope that all children will leave school confident to continue their studies. Pupils will appreciate other cultures across the world and we aim to ignite a love for languages to take with them through life.
"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart."