An Oxton St Saviour's Linguist
Oxton St Saviour’s C.E. Aided Primary School
MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES (SPANISH)
“To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world.”
Our intention at Oxton St Saviour’s C.E Aided Primary School is to foster curiosity and enthusiasm for language learning, as well as an appreciation of cultural diversity. We are committed to ensuring that children recognise the importance of language learning in the wider world and that they are able to use their skills and knowledge confidently to participate in meaningful communication. We want our children to enjoy Spanish and to experience success in the subject, with the ability to understand how language works and the confidence to communicate increasingly fluently, accurately and spontaneously as their skills progress. As members of the Primary Languages Network, we offer a scheme of work that covers a wide range of engaging topics that carefully plans for progression and depth of understanding in order to give all KS2 children a firm foundation of language learning that they will continue in secondary school and beyond as they get ready for life as local, national and global citizens.
At Oxton St Saviour’s, we believe that MFL is an important life skill that enables our learners to develop into effective communicators in an increasingly global-centred world. To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in MFL, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout KS2 using the very high-quality foreign languages curriculum created by Primary Languages Network. This scheme of work enables children to receive the highest quality experience by providing lots of support for teachers delivering languages and access to native speaker videos so children are hearing accurate representations of the Spanish spoken word.
MFL is delivered every week through quality first teaching as a discrete subject while also being taught through additional learning opportunities such as theme days or additional classroom speaking opportunities such as answering the register. During MFL lessons a range of songs, games, stories and role-plays are used to practise speaking, listening, reading and writing skills which incorporate not only new vocabulary, but also phonics and grammar. Lessons are inclusive with children working cooperatively to support each other, and ICT can be used to enable children to reinforce new vocabulary and structures interactively.
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.
All children at Oxton St Saviour’s will develop a love for language learning and an understanding of how language works. Children’s learning is evident through photographs and videos of practical activities, as well as written work in pupil books. The teaching of MFL can be assessed at the end of each unit through tasks derived from the Primary Languages Network curriculum and is monitored by the coordinator through learning walks, the monitoring of children’s work, staff discussions and pupil voice interviews and children regularly have the opportunity to self-evaluate their own learning. Pupils are assessed annually against National Curriculum objectives which is then reported to parents. The impact of this is that children transition to secondary school with a solid foundation to continue language learning and engagement and enthusiasm to continue with this subject.