Modern Foreign Languages
Children in Key Stage 2 enjoy learning Spanish on a weekly basis. They are taught by our fantasrtic TA, Mrs Kingston, who is bilingual. Lessons are taught through a mixture of songs, role plays and written activities.
The 2014 National Curriculum for Modern Foreign Languages aims to ensure that all children:
Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources.
Are able to speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and that they are continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.
Can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt.
Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.
A high quality languages education should foster children’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. At Ludwell, we are committed to ensuring that competence in another language enables children to interpret, create and exchange meaning within and across cultures. It also helps children develop skills that will open further opportunities later in life. The teaching of Spanish in EYFS, KS1 and KS2 provides an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and lays the foundations for further foreign language teaching at KS3.
Children are introduced to Spanish from the EYFS and receive a weekly one hour lesson from Reception- Year 6. This enables the children to develop early language acquisition skills that facilitate their understanding of the patterns of language and how these differ from, or are similar to, English.
Lessons across the key stages support the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing:
Children are taught to listen attentively to spoken language and respond, joining in with songs, rhymes and games.
Links have been developed with secondary schools and children from KS3 visit to disseminate language learning to the children.
Children have an international link with children in Madrid, with regular correspondence taking place.
Children develop an appreciation of a variety of stories, songs, poems and rhymes in Spanish that are delivered through the curriculum content as well as by native Spanish speakers within the wider school community.
Cross curricular links with computing are provided using SeeSaw.
Spanish Week enables the whole school to be immersed in the inclusion of the culture and use the language meaningfully in context.
Our MFL curriculum ensures that children develop their knowledge of where different languages, including the range of home languages spoken by the families of the school, as well as Spanish, are spoken in the world. Varied learning experiences, including ‘Language of the Month’ and ‘Hispanic Week’ also ensure that languages are celebrated throughout the school community whilst providing a context for language learning and develop the children’s understanding of different cultures.