In 2015, children and families were asked which language they would prefer to learn as the school grew and it was decided that Spanish would be our chosen language.
A high-quality MFL education develops children’s linguistic competence. Learning a language should be seen as a life-long skill. It opens up avenues of communication and exploration as well as promoting, encouraging and instilling a broader cultural understanding.
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, including through discussion and asking questions, and 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
Teaching and Learning
The planning of MFL is based on the National Curriculum. At Lyne and Longcross we make use of the LCP Spanish scheme of work to support teachers planning of the subject. The subject coordinator has mapped units across the key stage with details of medium and short term planning kept by the teacher. There is an expectation that children in KS2 will receive at least 30 minutes teaching and learning opportunities in MFL each week.
Teachers evaluate the children’s progress against intended learning outcomes of planned activities.
These evaluations are used to inform future planning by identifying children who need reinforcement or extension work, considering appropriate means of delivering such activities.
Children receive an end of year report to their parents/carers which details their progress in MFL. There are termly opportunities for parents/carers to discuss their children’s progress with class teachers.