Modern Foreign Languages Curriculum Statement — Spanish
At St Monica, it is our intent to deliver a high-quality foreign languages education in order to develop pupils’ curiosity, love of learning languages and other cultures. Our current MFL taught is Spanish, however we strive to provide children with opportunities to experience a range of languages. The teaching enables pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It also provides opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and reading in the original language. Language teaching will provide the foundation for equipping pupils to know how important languages can be in their future.
Using the National Curriculum, we will ensure that children receive a rich foreign languages curriculum that build on skills and knowledge from Year 3 to Year 6. Our MFL curriculum is designed to develop not only our children’s language skills, but also their love of learning a language. It progressively develops language skills, through regularly taught lessons. MFL will be taught discretely but where possible, relating to work in current topics. This allows the children to acquire new language then use and apply it in a range of different scenarios and topics. Children are encouraged and supported to develop their speaking and listening skills through conversational work, singing activities and games. As their confidence and skill grows, children record their work through pictures, captions and sentences. All children in KS2 will have regular language lessons with their class teacher. We currently use ‘Primary Languages Network’ to support our teaching of Spanish.
Annually we celebrate European Day of Languages in September and follow a theme for that day. We also take opportunities where beneficial for our children to engage with language learning in different ways. We are looking to build further upon this in the near future.
Our MFL curriculum will ensure all pupils develop key language learning skills set out by the national curriculum, as well as a love of languages and learning about other cultures.
At the end of Key stage 2 we want our children 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
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