MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES
‘ A different language is a different vision of life.’
At Atwood, at Key Stage 2, we made the decision for our Modern Foreign Language to be Spanish as it is one of the most spoken languages in the world. 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 the on-line programme Languagenut which is aligned to the National Curriculum expectations for Modern Foreign Languages.
At Atwood, we use our judgement on when we introduce language to our children, only doing so after they demonstrate suitable proficiency in other key areas (phonics). For example, in Year 3, we might not start the teaching of Spanish until the spring term if the cohort needs further consolidation to secure their Phonics knowledge and application. In Year 6, we have chosen to teach the Spanish units in a block in summer term in preparation for their transition to secondary school.
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 continue their learning of Spanish at school, children are encouraged to share activities and conversations in Spanish with their parents/carers at home. To support with home learning the children can access Languagenut at home with their personal log-in.
To extend the languages offered at Atwood, both Key Stage 1 and 2 children may also learn French as part of a paid lunchtime club taught by an experienced French speaking tutor.