Our aim at The Grange is to enable pupils to enjoy enrichment experiences, develop rich vocabulary and to respect diversity and individuality. The teaching of Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) is an important part of this. We aim to inspire curiosity and a love of languages that pupils will strengthen and develop as they progress through our school. Pupils should be able to extend their knowledge of how language works and explore the differences between how the Spanish and English languages are structured.
The focus language at The Grange is Spanish which is taught from Year 3 to Year 6. Our MFL curriculum has been designed to cover all of the objectives as set out in the National Curriculum in relation to the Spanish language. The curriculum has been planned and sequenced as a progression of units using the ‘Language Angels’ schemes of work. These units introduce new vocabulary to pupils, allowing them the opportunity to apply, consolidate and build on this as each unit progresses. Through the ‘Language Angels’ scheme, pupils are initially taught the ‘core’ vocabulary to ensure that they have a secure understanding of basic words and phrases. This knowledge base is then extended, allowing pupils to expand their recognition of Spanish vocabulary, subsequently leading them to apply this to conversations and written tasks. Our linguists are taught to read, write, listen to and speak parts of the Spanish language. Opportunities for pupils to read and listen to the language being spoken are built into each lesson, allowing them the opportunity to analyse the vocabulary and practice applying it confidently themselves. Our linguists are also given the opportunity to record and verbalise their knowledge and understanding; this is also a key component in each lesson.
Over the four years of study, pupils build their skills in all fours focus areas:
Topics are built to allow for progression, moving pupils through to speaking and writing more complex sentences by the end of Year 6. Pupils are assessed in all 4 skills at the end of each module. Modern Foreign Languages Intent MFL assessment is ongoing throughout each module to inform future planning, lesson activities and differentiation
All learning starts with links to prior learning so children make connections. Staff will model explicitly phonics linked to current language being taught to enable an improvement in pronunciation of key words and phrases. Teachers use images and interactive apps to enhance learning. Learning is supported by MFL working walls link to current unit being taught. Giving each child a reference point to support acquisition of key vocabulary where subject specific vocabulary is displayed. Consistent learning walls in every classroom provide constant scaffolding for children.
We aim to ensure that KS2 pupils of all abilities develop solid foundations in these key language learning skills - properly preparing them for the next stage of their language learning journey. These skills will develop children’s ability to understand what they hear and read and enable them to express themselves in speech and writing.
At The Grange, pupil voice shows that children are retaining some key words and phrases and are beginning to make links to past learning. Spanish books build over pupils’ time, so that pupils are able to refer back and use previous vocabulary and grammar points to develop independence.
Pupil’s work demonstrates that MFL is taught at an age-appropriate standard across each year group with sufficient challenge and opportunities for pupils working at greater depth. Work is improving and demonstrates children are acquiring the skills and vocabulary in an appropriate sequence.