MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES
‘ A different language is a different vision of life.’
At Atwood, at Key Stage 2, our children learn Spanish. We believe that learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. Our teaching of Spanish, as our chosen modern foreign language, offers pupils the opportunity to:
- Develop an enthusiasm and enjoyment about language
- Develop speaking and listening skills
- Gain confidence and competence to communicate in another language
- Increase awareness of language structure and draw comparisons between the structure from one language to another
- Develop a positive attitude towards people who speak languages different from their own
- Develop an awareness of cultural differences between countries
Children in Years 3 to 6 have weekly Spanish lessons taught by their class teacher, using on-line programming such as Languagenut. In our earlier years, Spanish is taught in a ‘little and often’ approach and informally, e.g. through singing, games, stories and basic classroom routines. To continue their learning of Spanish at school, children are encouraged to share activities and conversations in Spanish with their parents/carers at home.
At Atwood, it is our aim to give all pupils the opportunity to learn, enjoy and make progress in Spanish. The children are taught within their year group, where they have the opportunity to work as a whole class, individually or in small groups. Depending on the activity, children will work in ‘matched-ability’ or ‘mixed ability’ groups.
To extend the languages offered at Atwood, children may also learn French as part of a paid lunchtime club taught by an experienced French speaking tutor.