Modern Foreign Language
At Murdishaw West, we use the Language Angels scheme of work and resources to help and support the teaching of Spanish to ensure we offer a relevant, broad, vibrant and ambitious foreign language curriculum that will inspire and excite our pupils with a wide variety of topics and themes. All pupils will be expected to reach their full potential, by encouraging high expectations and excellent standards in their foreign language learning - the ultimate aim being, that pupils will be willing and able to continue studying languages beyond key stage 2.
The four key language learning skills; listening, speaking, reading and writing will be taught and all necessary grammar will be covered in an age-appropriate way across the primary phase. This will enable pupils to use and apply their learning in a variety of contexts, laying down solid foundations for future language learning and also helping the children improve overall attainment in other subject areas.
Pupils will develop a genuine interest and positive curiosity about foreign languages, finding them enjoyable and stimulating. Learning a second language will also offer pupils the opportunity to explore relationships between language and identity, develop a deeper understanding of other cultures and the world around them with a better awareness of self, others and cultural differences. They will be working towards becoming life-long language learners.
An inclusive Spanish curriculum is delivered to all KS2 children, which meets the needs of all pupils in the school through a variety of approaches. All classes will have access to a high-quality foreign languages curriculum using the Language Angels scheme of work and resources to help and support teachers. This will progressively develop pupil skills in foreign languages through regularly taught and well-planned weekly lessons in KS2 which will be taught by class teachers.
Children will progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary, language skills and grammatical knowledge organised around age-appropriate topics and themes - building blocks of language into more complex, fluent and authentic language.
Lessons in Year 3 will be taught once a week for approximately 30 minutes. Lessons in Years 4-6 will also be taught once a week for approximately 45 minutes.
Each class in each year group will have an overview of units to be taught during the academic year to ensure substantial progress and learning is achieved. Teachers will ensure that:
Each unit and lesson will have clearly defined objectives and aims
Each lesson will incorporate interactive whiteboard materials to include ample speaking and listening tasks within a lesson.
Lessons will incorporate challenge sections and desk-based activities that will be offered different levels of stretch and differentiation if needed.
Reading and writing activities will be offered in all units.
Every unit will include a grammar concept which will increase in complexity as pupils move up through KS2.
Spanish lessons are always delivered in an interactive and engaging manner to ensure that pupils’ interest is gained. All lessons carefully and strategically build upon existing knowledge. Resources are effectively used to support the learning and consolidate what has been taught. The learning of Spanish gives all children the opportunity to develop an interest in another language and culture, other than their own.
The opportunity to assess pupil learning and progression in the key language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and against the 12 DfE Languages Programme of Study for Key Stage 2 attainment targets is provided at the end of each 6-week teaching unit. This information will be recorded and will be monitored by the Subject Leader who can use this data to ensure teaching is targeted and appropriate for each pupil, class and year group as well as to feedback on progress to SLT. Pupils will also be offered self-assessment grids to ensure they are also aware of their own progress which they can keep as a record of their progress.
Modern Foreign Languages Subject Overviews