At Castleway Primary School, we want our KS2 children to develop an interest in learning other languages in a way that is stimulating and enjoyable. Our MFL curriculum is designed to develop children’s skills in languages, through regularly taught lessons. Children progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary organised around different topics. We follow a carefully planned scheme of work to ensure coverage and progression across school.
We aim to :
- Increase children’s confidence.
- Stimulate and encourage curiosity about languages.
- To embed the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing necessary to enable children to use and apply their Spanish learning in a variety of contexts and lay the foundations for future language learning.
Children are encouraged and supported to develop their speaking and listening skills through conversational work, singing activities, stories and games. As confidence and skill grows, children record their work through pictures, captions and sentences:
- Displays are used to remind children of key vocabulary;
- Practical activities, songs and games are used to help improve memory and recall;
- Visual prompts are used to support children in translating new vocabulary;
- Word banks are available for children to support their learning and recap previous learning.
Intent Statement for Spanish
A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing.’ (National Curriculum 2014 – Appendix A)
The skills, knowledge and understanding gained through learning a language contribute to the development of children’s oracy and literacy and to their understanding of their own culture and those of others. At Castleway Primary School, we feel that the earlier a child is exposed to a foreign language, the faster the language in question is acquired. We believe that the early acquisition of Spanish will facilitate the learning of other foreign languages later in life.
We teach Spanish across Key Stage 2. The school uses the "Language Angels" scheme of work to support the teaching and learning of Spanish. This provides clear progression for the development of speaking and listening and vocabulary acquisition. There are resources to support the teaching and learning opportunities for pupils.
We build children’s confidence through praise for any contribution they make in the foreign language, however tentative.
We base the teaching on the 2014 National Curriculum through the Language Angels. This provides teachers with clear progression grids and content for teaching and learning.
Through the high quality first teaching of Spanish we will see the impact of the subject in the following ways:
- Children will become aware that a language has a structure, and that the structure differs from one language to another.
- Children will develop their language and communication through development of the four key skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing.
- Children will enrich their language learning by developing an understanding of the Spanish culture.