Modern Foreign Language

Modern Foreign Language

Here at Greenbank we understand how important it is to learn language skills. We believe they contribute towards our understanding of the society and world that we live and work in. The language we learn at our school is Spanish.

Spanish is one of the very few languages spoken all over the world. There are currently over 437 million people around the world that speak Spanish in 20 countries.

We believe our children will learn best through interactive, fun lessons which give the children plenty of opportunities to use their language skills with each other. Our language teacher at Greenbank is Mrs Vera-Broadbent.

Our Vision of Spanish at Greenbank Primary School

Learning Spanish helps our children to appreciate different countries, cultures, communities and people. In addition it helps to develop the skill to understand and communicate in another language, which the children can use all over the world to make new friends and aid communication for their future. It is important to learn these skills from a young age for our children to respect others.

Intent

At Greenbank Primary School we are committed to providing children with a high quality curriculum which inspires and ignites a passion in the children. As part of the curriculum, we cover Modern Foreign Language through Spanish as our chosen language to study. Spanish is taught to all children in Key Stage 2. The teaching of MFL offers opportunities for children to become increasingly familiar with the sounds and written form of a MFL, whilst also developing language skills and language-learning skills. The children also have a chance to discover an entirely new and exciting culture and exploit and develop enterprise and diversity ensuring children are able to broaden their thinking and aspirations.

Implementation

The curriculum that we follow is based on guidance given in a revised National curriculum. We teach the children to know and understand how to:
• listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and asking and answering questions;
• 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
• memorise words;
• interpret meaning;
• understand basic grammar;
• work in groups and pairs to communicate with others in another language;
• look at life in a different country and culture;
• communicate with children from a French speaking school.

Impact

This part of the our curriculum can give our children the prospect to understand and communicate in a whole new language, whilst we are increasing their cultural awareness by learning about different countries and people along with working with materials from those countries and communities. Learning a Modern Foreign Language will allow our children to foster positive attitudes towards other cultures and use their knowledge with growing confidence and competence to understand what they hear and read, and to express themselves in both speech
and writing.

 

Corona Virus Update
A dual curriculum approach following the school closure in March 2020 ensured that MFL continued to be delivered in a way which reflected the subject’s vision and approach to learning.