Modern Foreign Languages
We are following a different curriculum plan this Autumn as we prioritise keeping everyone safe, re-establishing routines and relationships, staying healthy and revisiting learning the children did at home during lockdown.
At Bonner Primary School children learn Spanish throughout Key Stage 2. Following a pupil survey and staff consultation, Spanish was the language chosen by a majority of children and adults in our school community. Spanish is a language spoken across the world. Through learning Spanish, our children grow up to be respectful global citizens who understand the geography, culture and literature of Spanish speaking countries.
The new Spanish curriculum is being rolled out over a 4 year programme. In the academic year 2021-22, we have introduced the year 3 curriculum across Key Stage 2. In 2022-23, Year 4, 5 and 6 will be working with the Year 4 curriculum while Year 3 work with their own curriculum. In 2023-24, Year 5 and 6 will be working with the Year 5 curriculum and in 2024- 25, each Year group in Key Stage 2 will be working with their own curriculum. This approach allows our children to optimise skill progression and attainment and gives them a solid linguistic foundation and understanding as well as valuable language skills transferable to any language they choose to learn in Key Stage 3.
Lessons are taught from a Curriculum Map that builds on previous knowledge and develops pupils’ linguistic skills across all 4 strands of language learning: speaking, listening, reading and writing. In every lesson, children explore vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation as well as reading and writing skills. Spanish is taught once a week across Key Stage 2 throughout the academic year. Our curriculum map follows the Language Angels programme of study that provides fun, interactive an cross-curricular activities and experiences for the children as they follow the National Curriculum for Modern Foreign languages.
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.
Key Stage 2 Objectives
Pupils should be taught to:
- listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
- explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
- engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help
- speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
- develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases
- present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences
- read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
- appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
- broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary
- write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly
- describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing