Spanish Curriculum Statement

Intent

In a multi-cultural and linguistically diverse school such as Plymouth Grove, many of our children already possess the skills for learning language as over 30 different languages are spoken by children in our school. MFL is an inclusive subject that supports speaking and listening skills and helps children to grow their oracy skills in a nurturing and safe environment.

Spanish at Plymouth Grove develops a high level of oracy skills and instills a life-long love of language learning by:

  • Using games and songs to bring learning to life.

  • Developing a grammar-translation approach to MFL teaching within the classroom.

  • Improving problem solving skills through making links between the children’s previous knowledge and their current learning.

  • Using resources developed by experienced and native speakers of Spanish that reflects Spanish’s position as one of the top 5 most spoken languages worldwide.

Implementation

MFL at Plymouth Grove is based on the 2010 Key Stage 2 Framework for Languages whilst fulfilling the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum. The KS2 Framework aims to develop language learning across five areas:

  • Oracy

  • Literacy

  • Intercultural Understanding (IU)

  • Knowledge about Language (KAL)

  • Language Learning Strategies (LLS)

The IU, KAL and LLS strands should underpin everything we do in our MFL teaching. In LKS2, the focus is primarily on developing oracy, so that children are better prepared to develop their literacy skills in UKS2. 

We use a scheme of work provided by the Janet Lloyd Network, this is implemented across all classrooms in KS2.The curriculum is a thematic curriculum, where similar topics are covered each year to reinforce and build on prior learning.

Assessment takes the form of continuous AfL during lessons, mini-quizzes and language learning challenges to provide a rounded picture of children as linguists.

Impact

As a primary school, our aim in Spanish is not to produce fluent speakers, but to prepare children for their language learning journey, no matter what language they study at KS3 and beyond. Being successful in MFL is more than just learning a language. The impact of a successfully implemented MFL teaching is that children:

  • Develop oracy and literacy skills at an appropriate level for their age.

  • Demonstrate understanding of and respect for cultural diversity.

  • Understand the importance of developing tolerance and understanding for others.

  • Apply their knowledge of language rules and conventions to new situations.

  • Plan, analyse and evaluate ways of learning.

  • Understand the importance of being understood.

Fischer Family Trust curriculum tracker is used to record the progress the progress that pupils are making in terms of knowing more, remembering more and being able to do more  at the end of each academic year. This will record whether the children are working towards the age related expectations, at the age related expectations or exceeding the age related expectations. 

These judgements will be quality assured by subject leaders using first-hand evidence of how pupils are doing, drawing together evidence from pupil interviews, observations of tasks, reading tasks, work scrutinies and  discussions with pupils about what they remembered about the content they have studied.

These judgements will inform the curriculum and whether children are ready for the next stage of their education.

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