Modern Foreign Languages (Spanish)
“You live a new life for every language you speak. If you only know one language, you only live once.” Czech proverb.
‘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)
It is our intent at Cumwhinton Primary School to provide all of our children with a high-quality education in Modern Foreign Languages (MFL), which develops their love of learning about other languages and cultures. It is our intention to ensure that by the end of our children’s primary education, they have acquired an understanding of both spoken and written Spanish, confidence to speak in Spanish with others and know how important other languages can be in their future. Learning a language enriches the curriculum helping to create enthusiastic learners and to develop positive attitudes to language learning throughout life. The skills, knowledge and understanding gained contribute to the development of children’s oracy and literacy and to their understanding of their own culture and those of others.
We teach Spanish across Key Stage 2. The school uses the Lightbulb Languages 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.
They use a variety of the following techniques to encourage children to have an active engagement with Spanish:
- Games – in order to develop vocabulary through repetition, reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
- Role-play – these should relate to the situations the children may find themselves in the future.
- Action songs and rhymes – to develop phonetic skills, memory skills and to further vocabulary.
- Reading and writing quality materials.
- We build children’s confidence through praise for any contribution they make in the foreign language, however tentative.
- Computing is used through language web-sites (Lingua-Fun) to support the teaching, providing engaging and fun games, songs and activities as well as ensuring that correct pronunciation is taught to the children.
We base the teaching on the 2014 National Curriculum through the Lightbulb languages. This provides teachers with clear progression grids and content for teaching and learning.
Through the high quality teaching of Spanish taking place we will see the impact of the subject in the following ways:
- Children will be able to communicate with each other in Spanish.
- 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 through development of the four key skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing.
- Children will enrich their language learning by developing an understanding of culture.
- Children will enrich their language learning by developing an understanding of the Spanish culture.
- Children will learn how language skills can be applied to a range of languages.
Children will transfer to KS3 effectively and successfully and will be well prepared to continue and develop their language skills.
Additional opportunities to use the Spanish language the children are learning, are explored in a variety of ways, including year group assemblies and Messy Days (MSSC – Moral, Spiritual, Social and CULTURAL ).
“One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.” (Frank Smith)