Our aims for Modern Foreign Languages is to ensure that by the end of KS2 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.
At St James’ Lanehead, we teach Modern Foreign Languages exclusively in Key Stage 2. Our decision to focus entirely on the provision of Spanish education was based on pupil interviews whereupon it became evident that our children felt that being able to speak Spanish would be of most benefit. This was due to the fact that the vast majority of the children in our school who travel overseas visit Spanish speaking countries – more specifically, mainland Spain, the Balearics and the Canary Islands. The children at our school also felt that they would become more confident speakers if they could use the language learnt when visiting these places on holiday. This would also challenge and test their learning of Spanish. We are members of the Primary Language Network. As a school we are not a ‘feeder school’ to any secondary and our pupils go to many different secondary education settings. We are also aspirational to provide challenge to all pupils.Whilst we accept that there are variations both in terms of pronunciation and dialect across these areas, we have made a conscious decision to teach Spanish in line with continental Spanish.
Our scheme is organised in such a way that children are taught key vocabulary and sentence structure that is built upon in subsequent units. Children have opportunities to read, write, listen to and speak the language using a variety of subject matters that we feel are relevant to the needs of our children. The scheme includes much interactive and multi-sensory learning which meets the learning needs of all our pupils in MFL. Lessons are also challenging as well as engaging for pupils to take part in.
In the academic year 2018-2019, Spanish was introduced to the school. As a result, all children in Key Stage 2 began at the same starting point and received the same provision. In this academic year (2019-2020), whilst the new Year 3 cohort will commence the MFL curriculum at the Year 3 starting point, Years 4, 5 and 6 will move on to the Year 4 provision to ensure coverage of key skills that are essential to form a grounding within the language and develop confidence in terms of their increasing fluency and understanding. By 2021-2022, the provision will be as such that each year group will be accessing the age-appropriate elements for their cohorts. Whilst we accept that this will take four years from inception to completion, we believe that the children need firm foundations in the language in order to make progress and to prepare them for languages at secondary school.
As a result, the long-term planning and sequencing information below for this year has been split into two sections – the current provision (taking into account the roll out of the subject) and the projections for the year 2021-2022 by which point all children will be accessing age-specific content.