Speaking a second language is a skill that many children in our school possess and we celebrate. We aim to encourage children to learn Spanish as it is a language that is spoken widely across the world and aids their transition to secondary school. Throughout our curriculum children are given opportunities to learn about Spanish culture and through learning the language further improve their future life chances. Through oral practice, sentence level work and by providing opportunities to record in writing children have the chance to demonstrate their learning and experiment with a new language.
The MFL curriculum at Chater JM School is designed to develop not only our children’s language skills, but also their love of learning a language. It is based upon the 2014 Primary National Curriculum in England, which provides a broad framework and outlines the knowledge and skills taught in each Key Stage. As of September 2023, the scheme ‘Language Angels’ was introduced to deliver our Spanish lessons. These ensure children acquire a bank of vocabulary organised around topics. They ensure development is progressive as they build on previous knowledge from units already studied. All children in KS2 receive Spanish teaching through regularly taught lessons. When possible, Spanish is integrated across the curriculum in various situations. For example, when giving classroom instructions, within PE lessons and when integrating their current dictionary skills within Spanish lessons. We are also focusing on Spanish outside the classroom with signs around the school displayed to make language learning more meaningful and give it a purpose.
Before teaching each unit teachers will:
- Assess children’s prior knowledge and skills and use this to ensure their planning builds upon this.
- Use the Progression of skills to ensure a sequential teaching of topics.
- Plan opportunities for practical communication that develop their skills.
- Plan for an appropriate balance of spoken and written language.
During each unit teachers will:
- Broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words as well as basic grammar.
- Provide opportunities to read and write and adapt simple phrases
- Give children an opportunity to apply key features and patterns of the language and understand how these differ from or are similar to English.
- Allow children to appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes
- Provide pupils with opportunities for engaging in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others
At the end of each unit pupils will:
- Self-assess their understanding of and ability to communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing.
- Reflect on the skills they have learnt.
After each unit teachers will:
- Assess pupils’ understanding of practical communication.
- Use the assessments to inform future planning of skills that need to be revisited.
What will this look like?
Through pupil voice we will see:
- - Pupils explain the value of learning another language.
- - Pupils discuss key vocabulary learnt.
- - Appreciation of Spanish culture and how it is different to British Culture.
Through learning walks we will see:
- - Pupils having an opportunity of using a wide range of new vocabulary.
- - Teachers speaking in Spanish frequently throughout the lesson.
- - Opportunities to read Spanish and explain what it means.
- - Children write sentences and phrases in Spanish on a regular basis.
In the pupil’s learning we will see:
- - Speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.
- - Be able to read and respond to simple written text in another language.
- - Write sentences and phrases in Spanish.