Modern Foreign Languages
We provide an opportunity for our children to develop their modern foreign language skills, to prepare them for secondary school or experiences later in life. We believe in forming a concrete foundation of basic language skills, which children will be able to build upon in the future. We provide our children with the chance to become bilingual, which may be essential to them when they are older. Our teachers provide fun and engaging lessons, which inspire children and develop their confidence. KS2 are provided with weekly Spanish lessons, whilst KS1 have access to ‘Early Language teaching’.
Spanish Curriculum intent
Leamington intends to use the Language Angels scheme of work and resources to ensure we offer a relevant, broad, vibrant and ambitious foreign languages curriculum that will inspire and excite our pupils using a wide variety of topics and themes. All pupils will be expected to achieve their full potential by encouraging high expectations and excellent standards in their foreign language learning – the ultimate aim being that pupils will feel willing and able to continue studying languages beyond key stage 2.
The intent is that all content will be continuously updated and reviewed annually, creating a dynamic programme of study that will be clearly outlined in both long-term and short-term planning. This will ensure that the foreign language knowledge of our pupils progresses within each academic year and is extended year upon year throughout the primary phase and, in so doing, will always be relevant and in line with meeting or exceeding national DfE requirements.
The four key language learning skills; listening, speaking, reading and writing will be taught and all necessary grammar will be covered in an age-appropriate way across the primary phase. This will enable pupils to use and apply their learning in a variety of contexts, laying down solid foundations for future language learning and also helping the children improve overall attainment in other subject areas. In addition, the children will be taught how to look up and research language they are unsure of and they will have a bank of reference materials to help them with their spoken and written tasks going forward. This bank of reference materials will develop into a reference library to help pupils recall and build on previous knowledge throughout their primary school language learning journey.
The intent is that all pupils will develop a genuine interest and positive curiosity about foreign languages, finding them enjoyable and stimulating. Learning a second language will also offer pupils the opportunity to explore relationships between language and identity, develop a deeper understanding of other cultures and the world around them with a better awareness of self, others and cultural differences. The intention is that they will be working towards becoming life-long language learners.
Spanish Curriculum implementation
All classes will have access to a very high-quality foreign languages curriculum using the Language Angels scheme of work and resources. This will progressively develop pupil skills in foreign languages through regularly taught and well-planned weekly lessons in KS2 which will be taught by class teachers.
Children will progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary, language skills and grammatical knowledge organised around age-appropriate topics and themes – building blocks of language into more complex, fluent and authentic language.
All teachers will know where every child is at any point in their foreign language learning journey as all evidence will be available on SeeSaw.
The planning of different levels of challenge (as demonstrated in the various Language Angels Teaching Type categories) and which units to teach at each stage of the academic year will be addressed dynamically and will be reviewed in detail annually as units are updated and added to the scheme. Lessons offering appropriate levels of challenge and stretch will be taught at all times to ensure pupils learn effectively, continuously building their knowledge of and enthusiasm for the language(s) they are learning.
Language Angels are categorised by ‘Teaching Type’ to make it easier for teachers to choose units that will offer the appropriate level of challenge and stretch for the classes they are teaching.
Early Language units are entry level units and are most appropriate for KS1 and Year 3 pupils or pupils with little or no previous foreign language learning. Intermediate units increase the level of challenge by increasing the amount and complexity (including foreign language grammar concepts) of the foreign language presented to pupils. Intermediate units are suitable for Year 4-5 pupils or pupils with embedded basic knowledge of the foreign language. Progressive and Creative Curriculum units are the most challenging units and are suitable for Year 6 pupils or pupils with a good understanding of the basics of the language they are learning. Grouping units into these Teaching Type categories ensures that the language taught is appropriate to the level of the class and introduced when the children are ready. Children will be taught how to listen and read longer pieces of text gradually in the foreign language and they will have ample opportunities to speak, listen to, read and write the language being taught with and without scaffolds, frames and varying levels of support.
Early Language Units (entry level) and Core Vocabulary lessons are designed to run for approximately 30 minutes. Intermediate, Progressive and Creative Curriculum units are designed to run for approximately 45 minutes.
Units, where possible and appropriate, will be linked to class topics and cross curricular themes. Children will build on previous knowledge gradually as their foreign language lessons continue to recycle, revise and consolidate previously learnt language whilst building on all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Knowledge and awareness of required and appropriate grammar concepts will be taught throughout all units at all levels of challenge. Teachers are provided with a Progression Map and Grammar Grid to ensure all children are progressing their foreign language learning skills and are taught the appropriate grammar at the right time in their foreign language learning journey.
Subject Leader: Dannielle Carroll
Progression through Year groups
The National Curriculum for MFL – PRIMARY_national_curriculum_-_Languages
Programme of Study – ks2_programme_of_study_curriculum_compliance_grid (1)
How has COVID affected the Spanish Curriculum at Leamington Primary?
What was it like before Lockdown?
Before lockdown, our school used an outside agency to teach, our children in KS2, Spanish. The scheme of work was following the national curriculum and provided fun and varied lessons for the children. Our Spanish teacher would spend time once a week with each class in KS2 teaching them using songs, repetition, games, puzzles and using assessment tools to track our children’s understanding and progress. We offered an after-school Spanish club to all children in KS1 once a week. As a school, we have had Spanish staff meetings provided by the agency to help with our understanding of the teaching of Spanish and to help staff become more confident when supporting in the classroom.
What was it like during Lockdown?
During the first lockdown (March – July 2020), our schools’ main focus was the well-being of our children and helping support the teaching of the core curriculum at home. Our Spanish teacher would send over videos for the children to watch at home, recapping numbers, colours etc.
During the second lockdown (January 2021– March 2021), our key worker children were receiving zoom lessons from our Spanish teacher weekly. Spanish content would be sent over to staff from our Spanish teacher to help children at home with mini activities.
What was it like after Lockdown?
When we returned to school in September 2020, the children received Spanish sessions over zoom. Unfortunately the KS1 after school club had to stop due to restrictions, but the KS2 children contained to receive Spanish lessons. The Spanish teacher recapped previous year group targets.
When we returned to school in March 2021, after the second lockdown, we continued to teach the curriculum via zoom. There were opportunities to play lots of games, to reengage the children with Spanish, lots of paired work and also assessments to see where the children are up to with so much time lost due to COVID.
What does the future look like?
As a school we have decided to buy a new scheme of work which will be taught by our teachers. Our new scheme is called ‘Language angels’. This scheme of work provides teachers with lesson plans, audio PowerPoints, songs and audio karaoke, audio language translation worksheets, videos on Spanish pronunciation and grammar and assessment tools. Language angels is a quality scheme of work, which I have researched in depth. Language angels provides each child with their own log for if they ever have to work at home again. Their home log in will also allow children to play fun interactive games at home. Language angels provides each member of staff with their own log in so they can track the progress of their own class. Each year group will be taught 6 different strands (1 per half term). Lessons will be split into ‘intermediate language teaching’ or ‘progressive language teaching’. Each strand is made up of pre-assessment activities, songs/karaoke, audio tasks, games and post-assessment tools. Language angels also provides teachers with their own assessment tracker so teachers can keep up-to-date their children’s progress and understanding. Language angels also comes with an ‘Early language teaching’ which can be used in KS1. Linguistic society states ‘Children acquire language through interaction – not only with their parents and other adults, but also with other children’. We have ensured that our new scheme of work is heavily based on interaction and creating a ‘learning together’ approach. Our new scheme will be shared with staff and rolled out in school in April 2021. Teachers will use their assessment tool to keep evidence of children’s progress and will use SeeSaw to store evidence of lessons/activities/ songs etc. As a subject leader, I will monitor the scheme after its roll out.
Miss Danielle Carroll
Spanish Subject Leader