Modern Foreign Languages

“A different language is a different vision of life.” 
Federico Fellini 

Intent 

At Carfield Primary School, we aim to develop a strong interest for learning a different language. The language lessons are delivered weekly and based on four components: speaking, reading writing. 

We believe that the emphasis should be on enjoyment and gaining the confidence to say words with unusual sounds, which we encourage by learning Spanish phonics! 

We intend to develop the children’s interest, help them learn and promote native Spanish through enjoyable and stimulating ways including videos, online games, songs and stories.  

We also want them to understand, embrace and compare different cultures by exposing our children to different languages and cultures including those speaking at school and by learning about celebrations from Spain or other Spanish speaking countries. We hope that when they leave Carfield Primary School, they will have developed a natural curiosity and confidence to explore other countries, cultures and languages. 

Confidence 

Children are learning not to doubt themselves and to have a go no matter what. 

Children develop their self-confidence, which in turns help develop their personality 

Phonics 

Children use phonics, a “must” tool, to become more independent and develop self-confidence as they gradually become more reasonably sure of their writing attempt.  

Children learn to decode allowing them to go from print to pronunciation and meaning 

Grammar: “Grammar is the only structure of any language” 

Children will be able to transfer their English grammar skill to Spanish which facilitates the understanding of a sentence. 

Children need to learn the general idea and let repetition works its magic!

Implementation

We teach Spanish to children from Year 3 up to Year 6 in a 45 minute discrete session following the new Rachel Hawkes’s Scheme of work . Each year children learn new topics but also have the opportunity to revisit old ones. This ensures development is progressive as they build on previous knowledge from units already studied.  

In line with the National Curriculum for MFL, pupils are taught to: 

  1. listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding  
  2. explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words  
  3. engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help  
  4. speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures  
  5. develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases  
  6. present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences  
  7. read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing  
  8. appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language  
  9. broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary  
  10. write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clear  
  11. describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing  
  12. understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English.  
Impact

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 as follows:  

  • Children will develop their language through development of the four key skills of      speaking, listening, reading and writing.  

They will:   

  • 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  
  • 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  
  • Children will enrich their language learning by developing an understanding of the Spanish culture and others.  
  • Children will learn about the importance of looking for “cognates” and 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.