Modern Foreign Language (MFL)
Subject Leader: Miss Shauni Nuttall
Abingdon Primary School MFL Intent:
At Abingdon Primary School we intend to provide all of our pupils with a high-quality education in Modern Foreign Language (MFL), which develops their love of learning about languages and other cultures. Our MFL curriculum is designed to progressively develop pupil’s skills in languages, through regular taught sessions. We encourage our pupils to develop their confidence, and we stimulate and develop curiosity about language. We strive to embed the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing to enable our pupils to use and apply their Spanish learning in a variety of context and lay the foundations for future language learning. We follow the ‘Languagenut’ scheme of work to ensure coverage and progression across school. Although MFL is only statutory in key stage 2. To prepare our pupils for their learning, we begin laying foundations and teaching in our Early Years Provision.
The aims of the Spanish Curriculum are to:
- Introduce young children to another language in a way that is enjoyable and fun
- Enable children to use their knowledge with growing confidence, both to understand what they hear and read, and to express themselves in speech and writing
- Help children develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries
- Encourage children to speak Spanish to express simple ideas with clarity using sentences with appropriate pronunciation
- Learn songs and poems in Spanish
- Develop understanding of basic grammar
- Foster an interest in learning other languages by laying foundations for future study
Our MFL programme is reviewed and evaluated regularly to ensure provision is relevant, up-to-date and of the highest quality. The programme progressed through 4 difficulty levels, which are shown on the curriculum map.
At Abingdon we know that MFL education cannot exist in isolation. Therefore it is part of a whole school approach and our Creative Curriculum provide a variety of opportunities for children to make links to other areas of learning and explore a wide range of cultural capital.
Our assemblies, monthly celebrations and whole school appreciation days help to develop the children’s learning and understanding further and provide a platform for discussion to help our pupils become liberated, respectful and tolerant individuals who can be part of a diverse community.
Once a year we hold a Spanish Day. Expect to be emerged the Spanish language, try new exciting Spanish food and even learn to dance flamenco. With lots going on , it's going to be muy bien!
The government states that the national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:
- understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
- speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
- can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
- discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied
- Teaching may be of any modern or ancient foreign language and should focus on enabling pupils to make substantial progress in one language. The teaching should provide an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and should lay the foundations for further foreign language teaching at key stage 3. It should enable pupils to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing, focused on familiar and routine matters, using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary.
Pupils in KS1 are taught short whole class and group lessons based on introducing basic language skills through songs, games, poems and stories. This is aimed at providing them with a foundation for learning languages at KS2 as well as fostering an enjoyment of language learning and knowledge of other cultures and traditions.
Pupils in KS2 are taught to:
- listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
- explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
- engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help.
- speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
- develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases.
- present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences
- read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
- appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
- broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary
- write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly
- describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing
- understand basic Spanish grammar for example: feminine, masculine and plural forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English
Abingdon subscribes to Languagenut, an internet based language learning resource. The web address is www.languagenut.com and your child has a personal username and password. This enables them to log into their own account at home and reinforce their classroom language learning. The site uses games, song and stories to teach languages in a way that is progressive and fun. Children collect medals to mark their progress through their chosen topic.
Click here to access the website.
There is lots of opportunity for the children to continue their learning of a language whilst at home.
Use these useful links:
All children have a login for langaugenut, if children need a reminder for what that is, they can get it from their class teacher or Miss Nuttall.