Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)
At Lowtown, we aim to foster a love of learning a second language as well as raising an awareness of the multilingual and multicultural world around us. Through fun and engaging lessons, we aim to increase children’s confidence in language learning and allow them to express themselves to others, increasing their communication skills. We believe that learning a foreign language in primary school provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for all pupils and we aim to prepare children for further language learning when they go to secondary school and beyond. We believe that the learning of an additional language helps students have a greater understanding of English grammar, linguistics and vocabulary through parallels and comparisons to Spanish. We realise that introducing young children to a second language provides them with a chance at greater fluency and access to countless professional opportunities in later life.
Our chosen language is Spanish which is taught weekly throughout Key Stage Two. Although not a statutory requirement, our Reception and Key Stage One classes also practice Spanish daily by answering the register and choosing their dinner in Spanish. Teachers plan engaging and fun lessons through the use of games, songs and kinaesthetic activities. Planning is based on ‘La Jolie Ronde’ scheme of work and our Spanish curriculum is based on five core themes within which there is broad overlap and flexibility. These themes are: reading, speaking, listening, writing and intercultural understanding. By developing these key skills, by the end of Year 6, the children should be ready to embrace further language study at secondary school and be more prepared to explore the world. Children are also introduced to other languages and cultures through our annual celebration of European Languages Day in the Autumn term where we aim to promote the rich linguistic diversity of Europe and raise awareness of the importance of lifelong language learning. Parents and the wider community are invited to this event and it is also a brilliant opportunity to celebrate the different languages and cultures we share at Lowtown.
At the start of the year, teachers plan a pre-assessment to explore what the children have retained from the previous year. This will inform teachers of a starting point to work from based on ‘La Jolie Ronde’ scheme of work. Children then show their learning throughout the year in their Spanish passports by using self-assessment to colour the different learning objectives when they feel they have achieved them. These are then checked by the teacher and at the end of the year, Spanish is assessed through teacher judgements of the five different themes as we observe children in class.