Modern Foreign Languages
At Holy Name, we celebrate our diverse community and enjoy sharing and celebrating a multitude of home languages with our children in the EYFS and Key Stage 1. In Key Stage 2, our Modern Foreign Languages curriculum is delivered through teaching the children Spanish to meet the unique context of our school in taking our Year 6 children on our annual trip to Spain. As a Roman Catholic school, we have chosen Spanish because Spain is a Catholic country and the scheme of work we follow incorporates learning about Christian festivals, including Easter and Christmas. A high percentage of our children have English as an Additional Language and we recognise that being able to speak more than one language is an advantage so our whole-school approach helps all children to develop an understanding of how languages work. We also have a small proportion of Spanish-speaking students currently on-roll.
Our Spanish curriculum is designed to be broad and balanced with opportunities to learn songs, rhymes, vocabulary and grammar in order to deepen children’s knowledge and understanding. The thematic approach also helps children to learn about and appreciate another culture and to widen their experiences of the world.
It is our intention at Holy Name that all children are proud of and enjoy sharing and learning languages. When learning Spanish, our Key Stage 2 children:
- Listen attentively and understand spoken Spanish
- Join in with Spanish stories, songs and performances
- Respond to spoken Spanish, especially that of native speakers
- Can speak with increasing confidence, fluency and automaticity
- Increasingly engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help when needed
- Improve the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
- Understand that Spanish is largely phonetic and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
- Can write for different purposes and audiences, using the taught grammatical structures of Spanish
- Speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures.
- Broaden their Spanish vocabulary and their ability to understand new words that are introduced
- Write Spanish phrases from memory
- Adapt taught Spanish phrases to create new sentences, expressing their ideas clearly
- Describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing
- Understand basic Spanish grammar, including: feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these to build sentences; and how these compare to English.
Statutory requirements for the teaching and learning of Foreign Language are described in the National Curriculum in England: Languages Programmes of Study – Key Stages 2 (2013).
At Holy Name, we follow the Primary Languages Network: Spanish scheme of work which is taught through age-appropriate topics. Spanish is taught once a week throughout KS2. The Primary Languages Network is adapted to support confident Spanish speakers as well as delivering exciting, structured lessons to support less confident practitioners. With engaging resources at its heart, the scheme has been created to help our children learn through active participation in actions, rhymes, stories, song, grammar focus, video clips, sentence structure, dictionary work, book making and many more creative ways to extend, embed and combine language skills.
At Holy Name, our Modern Foreign Languages curriculum ensures that children develop their knowledge of where different languages, including the range of home languages found within our school community, as well as Spanish, are spoken in the world. In Key Stage 2, we follow the Primary Languages Network assessments for each half term using their printable worksheets to assess the children’s listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Spanish. However, the real assessment takes places when our Year 6 visit Spain and try out their learning beyond the confines of the classroom and take it in the real world. This is an exciting and unique experience which celebrates and culminates all of the children’s knowledge and understanding of Spanish and places it into a context which should instil a love of languages for life.