Modern Foreign Languages Intent
At St Anne’s Primary School, we believe that a high quality languages education should foster children’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. We are committed to ensuring that competence in another language enables children to interpret, create and exchange meaning within and across cultures. It also helps children gain knowledge and develop skills that will open further opportunities later in life. The teaching of Spanish in KS2 provides an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and lays the foundations for further foreign language teaching at KS3.
MFL Primary Language Scheme
To ensure the teaching of Spanish at St Anne’s is progressive and appropriately challenging across KS2, we use a scheme where the same 6 units are covered each year, building on the learning in the previous year group. The scheme was designed by a team of MFL cluster leads working in the Greater Manchester area. This ensures that teaching covers the objectives of the National Curriculum whilst also ensuring it is tailored to the needs of our children living in Greater Manchester. We have taken this scheme and developed our own Modern Foreign Languages Progression to ensure that the knowledge the children gain in each unit each year builds on previous learning and develops their language skills further.
MFL Skills and Knowledge Progression
By the end of KS2 children will demonstrate they are able to:
Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
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
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
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
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
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
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 Languages
Understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter 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.
Vocabulary Progression Document
Our vocabulary progression document ensures the vocabulary introduced in each unit and in each year group during Spanish teaching is progressive and challenging. The children are supported by the learning covered in the previous year group, ensuring they are equipped and ready for the next step in their learning of the Spanish language.
MFL (Spanish KS2) Progression of Vocabulary
MFL in EYFS and KS1
Although there is not a statutory requirement to teach MFL in EYFS or KS1, at St Anne’s we believe MFL teaching should be embedded across the school and we are committed to ensuring language learning is an immersive and progressive experience. In the EYFS and KS1, teachers share a Spanish rhyme or story with their class to expose them to other languages and cultures. Children then complete a small piece of work on the story or rhyme.
By the end of KS1 children will demonstrate they are able to:
- Perform the rhyme in groups/whole class
- Draw a picture of their favourite scene from a book
- Write a book review
To support the teaching of Spanish in the EYFS and KS1 we have collated a list of quality texts and classic Spanish nursery rhymes appropriate for the given year group. This overview gives each class a song or story to share with their class each half term.