Modern Foreign Languages
At Grove Street Primary School, we follow the iLanguages curriculum, which follows the 2014 Primary MFL National Curriculum. We are keen to promote and spark interest into the study of a foreign language that is relevant to our pupils and provides the foundations for further learning at Secondary School. Learning a foreign language is becoming increasingly important in today’s society, therefore we aspire 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.
Aims – pupils should be able to
- understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
- speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
- write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
- discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.
Through careful planning and consistent teaching, we aim for pupils to be able to:
- 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 those of 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 that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using 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: feminine, masculine 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.
Teaching Spanish from Year 3 to Year 6 enables pupils to make substantial progress in one language. Our lessons provide an appropriate balance of writing, listening and speaking skills and provide various Cultural Capital opportunities. Enabling 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.
Spanish is taught within classes in 30 minutes to 1 hour blocks each week to all children in Key Stage 2. 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 instructions. 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.
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, listening and phonics, 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."
Duolingo App (ask your class teacher for your login details)
Basho and Friends (Youtube)
Reverso (Spanish online dictionary)
Quizlet (flashcard app)
BBC Bitesize (Spanish lessons)
Ver Taal (Language learning website)
Our Languages Library.
Our Languages Library is located in Year 6 middle bay. It contains a variety of non-fiction and fiction bilingual books. If you would like to read one, please come along at break time or lunch!
Lanauges Library Book List:
Los Tres Ceritidos (The Three Little Pigs)
25 Bilingual Books That Are Just The Right Level For Beginning Readers
Texting with Hispanic Heritage : Frida Kahlo, Cesar Chavez, and Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz Biography Book for Kids
Who Was Cesar Chavez?
Separate is never equal: Sylvia Mendez & her family's fight for desegregation
28 Bilingual English-Spanish Fairy Tales & Fables: Short, Simple Stories for Language Learners of All Ages
Happy within/ Feliz por dentro: English Spanish Bilingual edition
Frida Kahlo: (Little People, BIG DREAMS 2)
Rainbow Fish: Bilingual Edition (English-Spanish)
My Cake / Mi Pastel: A Fun-Filled Food Journey (English and Spanish Bilingual Children's Book)
Sleep Tight, Little Wolf - Que duermas bien, pequeno lobo (English - Spanish)
The Adventures of Pili in New York. Dual Language Books for Children ( Bilingual English - Spanish )
Las Ruedas- La Carrera de la Amistad The Wheels- The Friendship Race: Spanish English Bilingual Book
My First Bilingual Book-Empathy (English-Spanish)
My First Bilingual Book-Emotions (English-Spanish)
A book from our Languages Library is read at the beginning of each Spanish lesson to expose our children to a wide range of authors, stories and cultures.