Mrs. Paterson is our Modern Foreign Languages Subject Lead.
A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing.’ (National Curriculum 2014 – Appendix A)
The skills, knowledge and understanding gained through learning a language contribute to the development of children’s oracy and literacy and to their understanding of their own culture and those of others. At Mary Exton Primary School, we believe that the early acquisition of Spanish will facilitate the learning of other foreign languages later in life. It is intended that when children leave our school, they will have a curiosity and desire to experience other countries and communities, realising that in a multi-lingual society, it is an extremely valuable and much sought-after skill to be able to speak a different language. Our aim is to engender the interest and prepare the necessary foundations, to enable our pupils to continue their MFL education at secondary school confidently and successfully.
MFL is taught as a discrete subject at Mary Exton and is taught through Spanish. The subject is time-tabled weekly for 30 minutes throughout KS2. We teach Spanish across Key Stage 2. We base the MFL teaching on the 2014 National Curriculum through the ‘Language Angels’ Scheme of Work. We have adapted the scheme to the context of our school and produced clear progression grids and content for teaching and learning. We use a variety of the following techniques to encourage children to have an active engagement with Spanish:
Our teacher assessment enables us to determine the learning and progression of our pupils in the 4 key language learning skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) as well as monitoring their progress against the 12 attainment targets stipulated in the DfE Languages Programme of Study for Key Stage 2.
Teachers assess progress and enjoyment through a variety of methods:
Through the high quality first teaching of Spanish taking place we will see the impact of the subject in the following ways: