Modern Foreign Languages at Whitehouse Primary
At Whitehouse Primary School, we believe that the learning of a language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils: learning another language gives them a broader perspective on the world. We encourage children to develop their confidence and strive to stimulate children’s curiosity about language.
Whilst our MFL curriculum focuses on Spanish as its primary language, there are opportunities as a school to celebrate the diversity of our pupils and the languages they speak. This is reflected, partly, through our Cultural, European and International Studies weeks.
Within our school we hope to:
- Teach the Spanish language in a way that is enjoyable and fun;
- Make children aware that language has structure, and that the structure differs from one language to another; (link literacy)
- Help children develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries and promote a positive attitude towards other cultures.
- Develop speaking and listening skills;
- Foster an enjoyment of language that will continue beyond our school.
In KS2, the scheme of work for MFL has a focus on speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, as well as increasing children’s awareness of the grammatical features of the Spanish language. Children are given opportunities to engage with stories and songs, along with a range of texts, written and spoken in Spanish. They learn to read a range of texts in Spanish and learn to present their ideas both written and orally.
The scheme of work for MFL in Foundation Stage and KS1 is intended to complement the scheme of work for MFL in KS2 in a less formal way. There is a focus on speaking and listening and it aims to lay the foundation for successful language learning as they progress through school.
Children are encouraged and supported to develop their speaking and listening skills through conversational work, role-play, singing rhymes, games and copying Spanish pronunciation. As their confidence and skills grow, children record their work through pictures, captions and sentences.
Teachers will adapt planning and resources as necessary to reflect the children’s understanding and their varying needs. Children that are high achieving are challenged through more complex vocabulary and sentence structure, both in written and spoken language.
Children are taught to:
- ask and answer simple questions
- pronounce words properly
- learn a basic vocabulary
- speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structure
- listen for meaning
- understand basic grammar
- seek clarification and help
- use simple English – Spanish dictionaries
- describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing