Ms Pimenta is our curriculum leader for Spanish.
MFL Intent Statement
At the Trinity School, the intention of our MFL curriculum is to develop a lifelong love of learning other languages and a curiosity to learn about different cultures. We aim to deliver Spanish language lessons which are fun and interactive with a focus on developing the essential skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing, all embedded within a cultural context. The academy follows the National Curriculum MFL programme of study. Additional planning and curriculum support is provided through Primary Languages Network.
The children’s knowledge of how language works, phonology and elements of grammar will be developed and extended. Lessons will enable pupils to make substantial progress in one language. The transferable language learning skills gained will assist and lay foundations for further language learning. It will provide pupils with the confidence and independence to explore and be able to attempt manipulation of the structure of language. Learning another language gives children a new and broader perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others. This love of language learning will continue through links made with secondary schools within our local area.
Pupils will be taught speaking, listening, reading and writing skills working through four language learning stages. The scheme of work is progressive, with the foundations being laid in Stages 1 and 2, ready for further development and challenge in Stages 3 and 4.
All children, regardless of background or any additional needs, have the right to a good quality education. Through adaptive teaching and additional support, all children can enjoy learning a language, develop communication skills, discover more about the world and its diversity, and celebrate and appreciate cultural and linguistic differences. These skills can then be linked to and developed in other curriculum areas.
Implementation of our MFL Curriculum
Lessons follow a 5-part evidence-based sequence of learning. This includes: Retrieval, Teaching New Knowledge, Analyse the Model, Guided and Independent Practise and Assessment. Children will be familiar with this sequence as it is consistent across all subjects in the school.
The subject is managed by the Languages Co-ordinator. To ensure the language skills of staff are developed and sustained the school are members of the Primary Languages Network. The PLN scheme of work is a thorough and ambitious scheme which ensures progression in language learning across the four core skills, the three pillars of progression (vocabulary, phonics and grammar) and also the DfE 12 Attainment Targets. The co-ordinator will advise, work with and guide staff when required.
Alongside the planning provided, the scheme is supported by accompanying videos, PowerPoints, audio files (spoken by native speakers), links to authentic literature, songs, games, cultural points of reference, seasonal events and cross-curricular links.
The Impact of the MFL Curriculum
Throughout our Spanish lessons, pupils should respond to spoken and written language; speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity; ask questions and improve their pronunciation and intonation; write at varying lengths and develop an appreciation for the Spanish language and culture.
Through the use of summative assessments (Puzzle It Out) assessments and the tracking of results using a spreadsheet, progress can be monitored, and show the impact of language learning. The outcomes of these assessments allow staff to identify any of the core skills which still need developing and any areas of content which need further reinforcement.