At Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Primary School we offer Spanish to all pupils in KS2 with the focus on enabling pupils to make substantial progress in one language. An after school Spanish club is also in place for children in KS1.
Each KS2 class receives a 30 minute Spanish lesson each week, taught by Miss Kinder, with the class teacher reinforcing this with follow up activities throughout the week. A multi-sensory and kinaesthetic approach to teaching is used, i.e. a physical element is introduced into some of the games, rhymes and songs as this serves to reinforce memory. Lessons are made as enjoyable as possible so that the children develop a positive attitude to the learning of Modern Foreign Languages. Children’s confidence is built through praise for any contribution they make, however tentative.
The teaching provides an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and lays the foundations for further language teaching at KS3. It enables pupils to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing, focussing on familiar routines, using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary. The focus in MFL will be on practical communication.
Adhering to the National Curriculum (2014) pupils will be taught to:
listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help*
speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases*
present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences*
read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
broaden their 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, to express ideas clearly
describe people, places, things and actions orally* and in writing
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.