Modern Foreign Languages

Woodlands Primary and Nursery School- MFL Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement

At Woodlands Primary School, we believe that the learning of a language provides our pupils with a valuable educational, social and cultural experience. It helps them to develop communication skills, including key skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. The children’s knowledge of how language works is developed and extended. Lessons enable pupils to make substantial progress in one language. The linguistic skills gained assist and lay foundations for further language learning as our pupils move in Key Stage 3 and beyond. It provides pupils with the confidence and independence to explore another culture and to attempt manipulation of the structure of language. Learning another language gives children a new and broader perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others.

 

In KS2, children are taught Spanish through Click2Teach and Video2Teach via Primary Languages Network (PLN). The school aims to follow up activities when appropriate outside of the language lesson such as daily greetings, classroom instructions, registration and home time.

Curriculum Intent

At Woodlands, we believe that the learning of a language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. It is our intention that children will make substantial progress in one language, Spanish, developing communication skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. In addition, children’s knowledge of how language works will be developed to lay the foundations for further language learning in future. We strive to stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language and develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries.

Implementation

In KS2, children are taught in fortnightly sessions, and daily conversational Spanish. We aim for our children to develop an appreciation of songs and stories in Spanish throughout their time at the school.

Our school follows the Primary Languages Network scheme of work, which is adapted to meet the needs of our own children. Spanish is taught through topics, age and stage appropriate, linking to the school calendar and times of the year to enable cross curricular links. The Primary Languages Network is adapted to support confident Spanish speakers to deliver creative lessons as well as enabling all class teachers to deliver exciting, focused lessons using sound clips and engaging resources. As we acknowledge children’s different learning styles, our children learn through active participation in actions, rhymes, stories and songs; the children learn in creative ways to extend, embed and combine their language skills, alongside a grammar focus and an understanding of sentence structures within another language.

Impact

 

Our Spanish curriculum will ensure all pupils develop key language learning skills, as set out by the national curriculum, as well as a love of languages and learning about other cultures. These are as follows:

 

  • 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 audiences and purposes, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt.
  • Discover and develop and appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.

The learning challenges used to plan and teach Spanish, through Primary Languages Network, ensure that children are accessing work at age related expectations, with regular opportunities to be challenged through higher-level objectives. Children are assessed half termly, according to age related expectations in line with curriculum requirements, using the Primary Languages Network resources where appropriate. Children’s learning will be informally assessed through questioning, work in their Modern Foreign Languages books and observations, as well as the child’s voice, and monitored throughout the year by the co-ordinator.

Our curriculum is carefully designed to ensure key knowledge and skills progress in a logical and sequenced way, thus enabling pupils to revisit previously taught content and to build upon it year on year. We use carefully structured progression documents to ensure that substantive and disciplinary knowledge and skills are clearly outlined and sequenced, which enables the children to know and remember more, as they move through school.

 

Below are a selection of images of the children during their Spanish lessons and the work they have produced.

Spanish puppet show Spanish puppet show

A selection of writing from Year 5 and 6.

Children greeting their friends and asking them how they are feeling.

 

Our curriculum is carefully designed to ensure key knowledge and skills progress in a logical and sequenced way, thus enabling pupils to revisit previously taught content and to build upon it year on year. We use carefully structured progression documents to ensure that substantive and disciplinary knowledge and skills are clearly outlined and sequenced, thus enabling the children to know and remember more, as they move through school.

Spanish Progression of Knowledge and Skills

Modern Foreign Language Statement 2021

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