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 via Primary Languages Network (PLN). The School aims to follow up activities when appropriate outside of the language lesson such as daily greetings via welcoming, registration and home time.
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.
In KS2, children are taught in fortnightly sessions, and daily greetings. 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, song, grammar focus, video clips, sentence structure, dictionary work, book making and many more creative ways to extend, embed and combine language skills.
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, 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 Learning Journeys and observations, as well as the child’s voice, and monitored throughout the year by the co-ordinator.
Below are a selection of images of the children during their Spanish lessons and the work they have produced.
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.