European Languages Day
We celebrated European Languages Day in style at Beech Street. There were lots of activities throughout the day which the children thoroughly enjoyed. In Year 5, the children tried Spanish food including olives and chorizo. In Early Years, the children made Spanish crafts including fans and flags. We tried some flamenco dancing and we learnt lots of Spanish vocabulary including greetings, colours and numbers. Fantastico!
¡Hola! Adios Por favor Gracias Buenos días Buenas tardes
"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”
Mi nombre es Señorita Greenhalgh. Soy la líder de español en la escuela primaria Beech Street.
I am super passionate about Spanish because I like everything the language has to offer. You have the opportunity to learn about how amazing Spanish culture is and you can even impress your friends and family with your Spanish knowledge especially when going on holiday!
Please take a look at the information below about how we teach Spanish.
MFL: Intent, Implementation and Impact
Language is all around us. We experience it every day, with every human interaction. It is a vital means of communication with the world.
At Beech Street Primary School, we believe that the learning of a Modern Foreign Language provides significant educational, social and cultural benefits for our pupils. Pupils develop communication and literacy skills that lay the foundation for future language learning. They develop linguistic competence, extend their knowledge of how language works and explore differences and similarities between the foreign language and English. Learning another language raises awareness of the multi-cultural society in which we live and gives children an insight into children's own culture and those of others. Learning a language provides lots of opportunities for cross-curricular learning and reinforces the knowledge, skills and understanding developed in other subjects.
The National Curriculum 2014 states that:
'Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils' curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world.'
This is at the heart of the teaching and learning of Spanish in our school and underpins our aims and objectives.
The intention of our MFL curriculum at Beech Street is to;
- foster an interest in learning another language that is enjoyable and accessible to all;
- help children develop their awareness of cultural similarities and differences;
- support literacy, in particular developing speaking and listening skills;
- increase children’s confidence in taking on the challenge of a new language;
- celebrate the linguistic achievements of all pupils.
Our MFL curriculum has been designed to progressively develop skills in Spanish. We ensure that children acquire a bank of vocabulary organized around topics. We ensure that development is progressive as children build on previous knowledge from units already. All children in KS2 are taught Spanish on a weekly basis during 30 minute sessions.
Teachers assess Spanish throughout lessons using 'assessment through learning'. This helps teachers plan for future lessons and adapts to meet the needs of all learners.
Below is a detailed topic overview of the key skills that the children will be learning in each year group.
Below is an outline of what each year group will be learning about from the topics shown above in the curriculum overview.
Language Angels is the scheme that we use at Beech Street. Click on the logo below to explore what the website has to offer.
Year group vocabulary lists...
National MFL Curriculum in Primary Schools: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-languages-progammes-of-study
"The limits of language are the limits of my universe."