MFL (Modern Foreign Languages)
The Spanish curriculum allows children to discover cultures outside fostering a curiosity to learn more about traditions and customs in Spanish-speaking countries. Children will identify phonics and patterns in language and begin to make connections between Spanish and their home language/s. Children will be able initiate introductory conversation and describe themselves as well as using the key skills of speaking and writing in full sentences using the present tense and express their wishes and opinions. Children will be able to read and listen to familiar language in present tense and show comprehension, allowing them to be well equipped to access the curriculum at Key Stage 3 when they will begin to develop their grammatical skills such as using different tenses, making comparisons and facing unfamiliar language.
Our intent is for children to have:
- The ability to learn more about traditions and cultures in Spanish speaking countries.
- Confidence and competence in hosting a conversation in Spanish.
- An understanding of the Spanish language.
- An ability to write full sentences that are in the present tense expressing their opinions.
- Be able to read and listen to Spanish in order to access the KS3 Spanish curriculum.
We implement our Spanish approach through:
- In Year 4,5,6 class, children are taught a weekly session of Spanish or a longer fortnightly session depending on timetabling and time of year.
- Books show a range of evidence. Teachers have the highest expectations and children are proud of their work!
- Children also converse in Spanish when taking the register in the morning and afternoon.
- A creative and innovative approach using a range of high-quality resources and teaching methods
- The use of mini quizzes and retrieval techniques to develop children’s long term memory on what they have been taught.
- Good teacher subject knowledge and high order questioning supported by Ryedale Schools Spanish Lead.
- Learning across the curriculum is sequentially planned to build on knowledge and skills
The National Curriculum provides a structure and skill development for the Spanish curriculum being taught.
The impact of our Spanish approach is that children in Years 4 to 6 have an understanding of a modern foreign language, an appreciation of Spanish speaking countries, their cultures and traditions.