The intention of the Spanish curriculum at Alkrington Primary school is that children are taught to develop an interest in learning other languages in a way that is enjoyable and stimulating. We encourage children’s confidence; we strive to stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language. We strive to embed the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing necessary to enable children to use and apply their Spanish learning in a variety of contexts. We lay the foundations for future language learning. Our MFL curriculum is designed to progressively develop children’s skills in languages through regular taught lessons. Children progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary organised around topics. We follow a scheme of work based on different topics, developing the four skills of learning, reading, writing, and listening & speaking to ensure coverage and progression across school. All our children from Reception to Year 6 have weekly Spanish lessons.
Children are encouraged and supported to develop their speaking and listening skills through conversational work, singing activities and games. As confidence and skill grows, children record their work through pictures, captions and sentences. Displays are used to remind children of key vocabulary. Practical activities, songs and games are used to help improve memory and recall.
In the classroom, where possible, instructions will be given in Spanish to expose children to the language as much as possible. Visual prompts are used to support children in translating new vocabulary. We use summative assessment to identify the children's subject knowledge during the lesson as well as termly, through book looks and low stakes assessments to ensure that children are accessing work at age related expectations.
Spanish is monitored by the subject leader and SLT throughout KS2, using a variety of strategies such as book looks, pupil interviews and annual evaluations of planning. Leaders use the information to see if the children know more and remember more.