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What is the intent of our MFL curriculum?

Spanish is one of the most widely spoken Languages in the world; it is the fourth most widely spoken language worldwide and it is listed in 20 countries as an official language. At St Margaret’s Junior School, we endeavour to prepare our pupils for the transition to KS3 and life beyond school therefore it is vital that they develop the skills, knowledge and understanding gained through learning a language which in turn contributes to the development of children’s oracy and literacy and to deepen their understanding of their own culture and those of others. 

 

How do we implement our MFL curriculum?

We teach Spanish across Key Stage 2. The school uses the "Language Angels" scheme of work to support the teaching and learning of Spanish. This provides clear progression for the development of speaking and listening and vocabulary acquisition. There are resources to support the teaching and learning opportunities for pupils.

 

We use a variety of the following techniques to encourage children to have an active engagement with Spanish:

  • Games – in order to develop vocabulary through repetition, reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
  • Role-play – these should relate to the situations the children may find themselves in the future.
  • Action songs and rhymes – to develop phonetic skills, memory skills and to further vocabulary.
  • Reading and writing quality materials.
  • We build children’s confidence through praise for any contribution they make in the foreign language, however tentative.

 

Units are selected from the range available on the Language Angels scheme of work, to best suit our pupils and are then built upon each year to ensure clear progression of skills throughout KS2.

 

How do we assess the impact of our curriculum?

Through the high quality first teaching of Spanish taking place, we will see the impact of the subject in the following ways:

  • Children will become aware that a language has a structure, and that the structure differs from one language to another.
  • Children will develop their communication and language through development of the four key skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing.
  • Children will enrich their language learning by developing an understanding of the Spanish culture.
  • Children will transfer to KS3 effectively and successfully and will be well prepared to continue and develop their language skills.

 

Languages are an important part of the curriculum at St Margaret’s and the language studied here is Spanish.

The curriculum requirements (by the end of KS2) for Spanish are:

  • Listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
  • Engage in conversations, ask and answer questions, express opinions and respond to those of others, and seek clarification and help
  • Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
  • Broaden vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary
  • Write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, expressing ideas clearly
  • Describe people, places, things and actions in speech and in writing

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