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St Elisabeth's CE Primary School

St Elisabeth's CE Primary School

MFL - Spanish

We provide a Modern Foreign Language curriculum that is an opportunity for children to learn Spanish in a creative way that promotes enjoyment and love of languages and develops their understanding of not only Spanish, but the English language also.  We believe that children should learn to listen, speak, read and write in Spanish in Key Stage Two through exciting and engaging lessons. We seek to develop the understanding of the country as well as the language spoken.

At St Elisabeth's, the children are first introduced to Spanish at the end of year 2, starting with basic greetings and to support transition, and Year 3-6 through discrete lessons, progressing to extended writing and speaking.

Our school follows the Primary Languages Network scheme of work, which is adapted to meet the needs of our own children. As we acknowledge children’s different learning styles, 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.  To support teacher confidence in the teaching of foreign languages, this scheme has many videos and audio samples which model the target language of the lesson through recordings of native speakers. 

The impact of this Spanish curriculum is that children will begin their lives as foreign language speakers with confidence, which will lay the foundations for further foreign language teaching at Key Stage 3. It will enable pupils to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing, focusing on familiar and routine matters, using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary.

The children’s learning journey in Spanish is assessed each term using the current assessment framework and reported on formally to parents at the end of each academic year.  The progress of each child will be tracked throughout their time at St Elisabeth's CE Primary.