Ewyas Harold Primary School

Life at Ewyas Harold Primary School Life at Ewyas Harold Primary School

Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

Intent

At Ewyas Harold Primary School, we aim to develop children’s curiosity and enthusiasm about languages. Our approach to language teaching is designed to ensure children develop a positive attitude towards language learning, to develop their awareness of different languages and cultures and to give them language learning skills that provide a solid foundation for future language learning opportunities.

 

Implementation

In the Early Years and Key Stage 1, different languages are shared, including using greetings during registration and songs. We encourage children to share vocabulary in their home language and we recognise the importance learning different languages has on building confidence.

 

Children begin having Spanish lessons in Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6) and are taught by our Spanish speaking teacher. There is a topic focus for each half term based upon the Language Angels teaching scheme. Through the teaching of each topic, children are given the opportunity to develop their vocabulary through songs, stories and games. They are able to develop their listening and speaking skills and to begin to present their ideas orally and in writing. The patterns and sounds of language are explored to help the children develop accurate spelling and pronunciation. Children develop intercultural understanding by making comparisons between life in the UK and Spain and other French speaking countries. They are given opportunities to use ICT to support their language acquisition. We actively promote and celebrate diversity, encouraging our children to use their language speaking skills as translators for their peers where needed.

 

Impact

Children's progress and attainment in languages is continually assessed through a range of means, including children's ability to retain and recall vocabulary, children's written work and oral skills as well as the ability to independently express their learning within the classroom. This is reported to parents and carers in termly consultation evenings and in end of year reports.