Modern Foreign Languages – curriculum information

Wheeler Primary School believes that the learning of a foreign language provides a valuable social and cultural experience for our pupils. Learning another language enables the children to develop their communication and literacy skills alongside raising their awareness of our multi-lingual and multi-cultural world. At Wheeler Primary School we are learning Spanish and the sessions are delivered in both KS1 and KS2.

The aims of learning a MFL

The National Curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:

  •  Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources.
  •  Speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say.
  •  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.

Attainment Targets

By the end of each Key Stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand skills which are specified in the National Curriculum.

The delivery of Spanish within the school will be very practical, giving the children a vast range of opportunities to explore and develop their communication skills.

Within their lessons, children will be taught to:

* Listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding.

* Explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes.

* Engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others.

* Speak in sentences using familiar vocabulary.

The children will also be involved in reading and writing activities but the main focus will be developing their speaking ability in Spanish.

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