Modern Foreign Languages Curriculum Statement

 

Intent

 Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. The 2014 National Curriculum for Modern Foreign Languages aims to ensure that all children:

  • Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources.
  • Are able to speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and that they are continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.
  • Can 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. A high-quality languages education should foster children’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world.

At How Wood, we are committed to ensuring that teaching enables pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in Spanish and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. We recognise that competence in another language enables children to interpret, create and exchange meaning within and across cultures.

 

Implementation

Children are introduced to Spanish in KS2. Throughout KS2, children receive a 30- minute lesson every week. This is supplemented through the use of spoken Spanish in the classroom beyond the timetabled lesson, which includes the use of Spanish to give basic instructions and refer to familiar objects in the classroom. This enables the children to develop early language acquisition skills that facilitate their understanding of the patterns of language and how these differ from, or are similar to, English.

Lessons across KS2 support the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing:

  • Children are taught to listen attentively to spoken language and respond, joining in with songs, rhymes and games.
  • Children develop an appreciation of a variety of stories and non-fiction texts, songs, poems and rhymes in Spanish that are delivered through the curriculum content.
Impact

Learning Spanish provides excitement, enjoyment and challenge for children and teachers, helping to create enthusiastic learners and to develop positive attitudes to language learning throughout life.  Learning another language gives children a new perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others.  The natural links between languages and other areas of the curriculum can enrich the overall teaching and learning experience. Our pupils make progress in one language over four years putting them in a good position for further language learning (regardless of which language or languages they study) once they reach secondary school.

 

National Curriculum: Languages Programmes of Study

MFL Spanish Skills Progression