Modern Foreign Languages
Modern Foreign Languages at Grange Primary School
With approximately 470 million people speaking Spanish as a native language and it being the official language of 21 countries, we have chosen Spanish to be the Modern Foreign Language taught at Grange. In fact, Spanish is second only to Mandarin in terms of its number of native speakers worldwide.
At Grange, Spanish is taught from Year 2 onwards by a specialist teacher in our Languages Classroom. We follow the guidance in the National Curriculum programme of study for Languages which suggests that children should make substantial progress in one language through four years of study in Key Stage 2.
We believe that language learning helps children to develop creativity, problem solving skills and supports oracy and literacy in English. Language learning also promotes children’s intercultural understanding and appreciation of the rest of the world. Through Spanish lessons, we hope to engender a lifelong love of language learning.
Spanish lessons are interactive and practical; children learn the language through games, songs and stories. Initially, the focus is on developing speaking, listening and reading skills as well as language learning strategies. Our pupils are also given access to, and taught how to use, bilingual dictionaries. In years 5 and 6, children are also given many opportunities to develop their writing skills.
Links are made to other areas of the curriculum such as English, Maths and Science. For example, we compare English and Spanish grammar rules and children complete basic Maths calculations and learn to tell the time in Spanish. We are also developing opportunities for children to consolidate their Spanish learning outside of their weekly Spanish lessons. For example, the Spanish date will soon be displayed daily in all Key Stage 2 classrooms.
Furthermore, we hold whole school celebration days such Spanish Day where children take part in cross curricular activities to celebrate and learn about Spanish & Latin American Culture. We are also creating other out of class learning experiences such as a potential trip to a Spanish Film Event at the British Film Institute and we are developing our links to a partner school abroad. We also richly value the huge linguistic diversity of both our pupils and staff and will be celebrating this on International Mother Tongue Day/International Week.