'Aprendemos Junto' – We learn together
A high quality languages education should foster children’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. At Kippax Ash Tree, 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.
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.
- Link this to British Values around tolerance and respect.
Children are currently introduced to Spanish from KS2, each class has a timetabled Spanish lesson of 30 minutes per week. Lessons across the Key Stages 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. This is recorded and shared on Class Dojo portfolios.
• Children develop an appreciation of a variety of stories, songs, poems and rhymes in Spanish that are delivered through the curriculum.
• Cross curricular links are made where possible, e.g. with history and geography.
• We follow the ‘La Jolie Ronde’ scheme of work for Spanish.
Our MFL curriculum ensures that children develop their knowledge of where different languages are spoken in the world. Varied learning experiences, including ‘Theme Weeks’ 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.