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Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

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Purpose and Intent – what is our approach to MFL? 

Learning a language enriches the curriculum at Sacred Heart Primary School. It provides excitement, enjoyment and challenge for children and teachers, helping to create enthusiastic learners and to develop positive attitudes to language learning throughout life.  

The skills, knowledge and understanding gained make a major contribution to the development of children's oracy and literacy and to their understanding of their own culture/s and those of others. 

Language also lies at the heart of ideas about individual identity and community, and learning another language can do a great deal to shape children's ideas in this critical area as well as giving them a new perspective on their own language.   

Our intent at Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School is to plan and deliver a language curriculum that embeds the skills that children will need for future language learning and to lay the foundations for cultural knowledge and understanding.   

Implementation – what does our approach to MFL look like in the classroom? 

Children learn Spanish in Key Stage Two with each class having a lesson every other week.  The MFL curriculum at our school is designed to progressively develop children’s skills in acquiring, using, and applying a growing bank of vocabulary organised around topics.   

To foster enjoyment, curiosity and confidence, ample opportunity is given to the children for collaborative and independent work, and it is consistently emphasised that it is ok to make mistakes and this positive environment allows the pupils to grow in confidence and not feel nervous when speaking out loud in front of the class.   

We aim to be inclusive for all pupils and we actively engage all children with games, songs, rhymes, role play, grammar focus lessons, scavenger hunts, action songs and many more creative ways to embed their language learning enjoyment and skills. 

Impact – how do we measure success in MFL? 

Children will know more, understand more, use more, and remember more.  There are three important outcomes of learning a foreign language – linguistic, spiritual and cultural.  

These three outcomes will be measured and assessed by various means. As confident linguists, they will have practiced and learnt the skills of learning a language necessary for them to be able to continue in their next stage of education.  When our pupils leave Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, they will take with them the skills of discovering, understanding and most importantly, respecting different cultures. 

 

Fun resources and ideas to learn Spanish at home:

SpanishActivitiesKS1 (1)

SpanishActivitiesKS2 (1)

Spanish songs to help your learning:

Numbers- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FEyfy5N3Nc

Days of the week- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4fREj60Crk

Months – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKznbHvPFwc

Colours – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsRKoZGaoEM

Useful websites:

https://radiolingua.com/learnathome/?fbclid=IwAR3_XTWg9jFgS0td8MK2qfpJBQ2kRTPkP7q4ZKSTkwaisy3nnokpNrKgtbY

Spanish stories to enjoy:

https://www.thespanishexperiment.com/stories?fbclid=IwAR0dvE1xJ-bzmJXjQKpfhRAQu02fWIGHsc9Kk4JfzxiJD2qpjALBV6FR6BA

Play some Spanish word games:

https://www.lightbulblanguages.co.uk/resources-sp-pz.htm

BBC Learning
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zxsvr82

Duolingo
https://www.duolingo.com
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