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Curriculum Intent

At Valentine, we believe that learning a foreign language is a necessary part of being a member of a multi-cultural society in the 21st century; it provides an opening to learning about and understanding other cultures. We want the learning of a foreign language to be fun and stimulating, resulting in a positive experience for the children.

 

At Valentine we teach Spanish because it is spoken as a native language in over 20 countries, and by almost 600 million people worldwide. This makes it the third most commonly spoken language in the world (behind English and Mandarin). We believe at Valentine that many children enjoy the wonder of learning new words, spoken in a different language.

 

We intend for children to apply our three key school values – aspiration, confidence and empathy – through the learning of Spanish. They will aspire to be able to communicate with others in another language and think about where in the world this knowledge could take them; they will develop confidence to speak aloud in a language which is not native to them; and they will show empathy by connecting with, and showing a greater level of understanding about, a different culture.

 

It is intended that when children leave Valentine Primary School, they will have gained vocabulary, skills and knowledge which will allow them to make a successful transition to studying modern foreign languages at KS3.

 

End of key stage expectations:

By the end of KS2, children will understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources. They will 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. Children will be able to write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt. They will have discovered and developed an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.

 

Implementation

At Valentine, we use an online learning platform called ‘Languagenut.’ This is a worldwide platform which allows children to learn Spanish through a variety of online games which involve speaking, listening, reading and writing. It also allows the practise of forming full sentences and verb conjugations. Teaching is done through weekly lessons and focuses initially on the listening and speaking of the new vocabulary, before applying it to reading and writing.

 

Each year group has three topics that they learn – one per term – and these are broken into sub-topics. The topics provide a build-up of new and developed vocabulary from years 3 to 6, whilst also allowing for the previous knowledge to still be applied.

 

There is the opportunity for out of hours learning as well through the platform and children can choose whether to do more activities for Spanish, or to learn other languages as well.

 

Impact

The impact of the curriculum will be that our children will go on to KS3 with a large range of vocabulary, and the skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening to allow them to make a successful transition. They will show confidence when speaking to others about their learning in Spanish.

 

We will measure the impact of our MFL curriculum through the following ways:

  • Pupil interviews – talking to the children about their learning, retention of new and older language, and their experiences of learning Spanish.
  • The marking of written work.
  • Observing the teaching and learning of Spanish.
  • Analysis of progress from pre to post assessment.
  • Checking the online platform to see which classes and/or children have been accessing the learning and their success.

 

The subject leader will monitor the impact of the teaching and learning termly.

If you have any questions regarding the curriculum we teach please contact the school directly

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