Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)
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MFL Coordinator: Mrs Lopez ( ReceptionTeacher) HLTA: Mrs Cook
At Sacred Heart primary school, Spanish is now our chosen language of study. Currently, Spanish is taught at most secondary schools in Peterborough.
Currently, KS2 are taught one Spanish lesson a week in the afternoons. We are working on writing the date and different learning objectives in Spanish too!
We made the transition to Spanish during the academic year 2021-2022 whereby we bought in the ILanguages scheme. The ILanguages scheme works closely with a 'Talk for Writing' approach with lots of songs, visual presentations and oral work before children begin their writing activities.
As it is a new language, we have built ourselves up from the Year 3 curriculum to the Year 4. Before long, Year 5 and 6 will also be on their curriculums also!
Currently, Years 4-6 are on the Year 4 curriculum. However, upper KS2 are working through at an accelerated pace ready to start the next years curriculum before the Summer Term.
Spanish is taught by Mrs Cook and supported by our native Spanish speaker MFL teacher Mrs Lopez. In addition to these tailored lessons, teachers promote Spanish to be spoken as part of the school day by encouraging children to use their language skills in a range of different activities, for example taking the register, giving instructions, asking for drinks, writing dates and celebrating birthdays. This is further promoted by our Language Ambassadors, pupils who implement language challenges and encourage the rest of their class to become involved and use their language skills. Languages are also taught through purposeful cross curricular links, including Maths, Cooking, Dancing, P.S.H.E. and Geography. This is particularly evident during Spanish culture week, when children take part in a variety of activities linked to MFL and other curriculum areas.
MFL lessons begin in Key Stage 2, however, EYFS and KS1 join in with Spanish culture week and are also taught basic vocabulary by their teachers to encourage early language development and an introduction to MFL lessons. When children enter KS2, every class has a timetabled lesson slot each week which is taught by Mrs Cook.
Spanish is taught via a topic approach which changes each half term. Each year group, follows differentiated learning outcomes that encourage children’s understanding and knowledge of the Spanish language to deepen and progress. Children in year 6 take a listening, reading and speaking exam in Spanish to support their transition from KS2 to KS3. High school teachers are informed of this data so that children’s language skills continue to grow, preparing them for the global world in which we live.
Our school works in collaboration with other schools; here the subject leaders meet and discuss aspects of the Spanish curriculum, sharing good practice and ideas for purposeful teaching and learning.
Topics will be revisited each year with an added skill or challenge. This ensures that each topic is revisited regularly to embed each learning objective.
The lesson structure each week also allows time to revisit the previous week’s knowledge and build upon this.
Children fill in ‘I can’ statements which link to the learning objectives before and after each topic is taught. This ensures that the children are progressing in Spanish and informs of gaps which need to be revisited.
Subject and school leaders monitor the impact of our curriculum provision through completing regular monitoring, that includes listening to the voice of our children.
Fun resources and ideas to learn Spanish at home:
Spanish songs to help your learning:
Days of the week- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4fREj60Crk
Months – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKznbHvPFwc
Spanish stories to enjoy:
Play some Spanish word games:
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