Modern Foreign Languages
Intent and Overview
By the time the children leave Stanford Primary School, they will be able to understand and express themselves with increasing confidence using basic Spanish words and structures.
Before they leave the school, children will develop specific knowledge of Spanish, by learning words and structures that enable them to ask and answer basic questions, listen and understand simple stories, songs and short texts and write about themselves. At the same time, they will develop language learning skills and strategies that will equip them for the learning of additional languages. The teaching relies on the modelling of the Spanish language as well as visual, auditory and kinaesthetic inputs.
During their time at Stanford, children will be given many opportunities to practise manipulating the language, especially in pairs and groups, with an emphasis on the development of accurate pronunciation. Children will be exposed to the different cultures of the Hispanic world which will enable them to foster their curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world.
Stanford Primary School offers a whole approach to learning MFL, and although languages at KS1 are not statutory, Spanish is introduced to children from Year 1. The aims of learning a foreign language at KS1 are the same for those at KS2. The scheme of work for MFL KS1 complements the scheme of work for MFL at KS2, which will revisit previous learning, but be less formal and concentrate mainly on speaking and listening.
In Key Stage 2, Spanish is taught weekly in Years 3 and 4 and by the end of Year 4, children should have met the objectives for Key Stage 2 MFL. Children in upper Key Stage 2 continue to have opportunities to develop their language skills through enrichment opportunities such as clubs.