Modern Foreign Languages (MFL):
The Intent, implementation and Impact of our Curriculum
A high quality languages education should foster children’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. At St Nicholas we are committed to ensuring that competence in another language enables children to interpret, create and exchange meaning within and across cultures. It also helps children develop skills that will open further opportunities later in life. The teaching of Spanish in KS2 provides an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and lays the foundations for further foreign language teaching at KS3.
We believe that learning a foreign language is a necessary part of being a member of a multi-cultural society and provides an opening to other cultures. At St Nicholas we aim to foster the children’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world.
The 2014 National Curriculum for Modern Foreign Languages aims to ensure that all children:
• Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources.
• Are able to speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and that they are 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.
Children are introduced to Spanish from Year 3 and receive a weekly 30 minute lesson, throughout their time in Key Stage 2. We follow the i-languages scheme of work and this enables the children to develop early language acquisition skills that facilitate their understanding of the patterns of language and how these differ from, or are similar to, English.
Lessons across the Key Stage support the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing:
Children are taught to listen attentively to spoken language and respond, joining in with songs, rhymes and games.
Children develop an appreciation of a variety of stories, songs, poems and rhymes in Spanish that are delivered through the curriculum content.
Non-specialist teachers receive full training from the MFL Lead who attends regular subject leader briefings as part of School Improvement Liverpool.
The children are assessed in their Spanish listening, speaking, reading and writing skills during the summer term.
Our MFL curriculum ensures that children develop their knowledge of where different languages, including the range of home languages spoken by the families of the school, as well as Spanish, are spoken in the world. Varied learning experiences such as ‘Language of the Month’ also ensure that languages are celebrated throughout the school community whilst providing a context for language learning and develop the children’s understanding of different cultures.