Our school believes that languages are part of the cultural richness of our society and the world in which we live and work. Children who learn a foreign language learn to appreciate different countries, cultures, communities and people which is why our MFL curriculum is accessible to all. The ability to understand and communicate in another language is a lifelong skill for education, employment and leisure in this country and throughout the world. We believe that by developing our children’s knowledge of how a language works, we are preparing our children well for further language learning in the future.
When children begin their journey in Key Stage 2, they are provided with Spanish teaching by an external specialist (Lingolanguages) through weekly 45 minute sessions across each class in Key Stage 2. These sessions are delivered through the use of planning and resources adapted and tailored by the language specialist. The work that the children complete within these sessions is kept within their MFL books.
Our school follows a two-year cycle of topics that has been created so that children can cover topics in more detail. These topics and the resources used are continually updated and revised in order to meet with current curriculum standards.
Built into these cycles of work are opportunities for children to develop their knowledge and appreciation of Spanish culture. The activities completed with MFL sessions allow the children to develop their skills in other subjects such as: their performance skills in music when learning songs and sketching skills when completing certain tasks within their units. Within our Geography sessions, the children are able to make links to their learning about Spanish culture of vocabulary when they learn about different Spanish speaking countries.
As the as a result of our MFL curriculum, KS2 children are able to develop their understanding and appreciation of other cultures. This enables them to learn to celebrate the diversity within them. The children develop confidence in their communication and conversational skills as well as their ability to speak, listen, read and write in a new language. Through our MFL curriculum, we are preparing our children well for further language learning in the future.
At Saint Gabriel’s we aim to ensure that pupils develop and apply skills in Spanish in four key areas (speaking, reading, listening and writing) and have high expectations for all pupils, regardless of needs, without any exceptions. Through the use of a variety of authentic sources (videos, songs and food) we aim to provide children with a taste of Spanish history & culture. All children are being taught from the beginning of learning a language as there is often no concrete prior knowledge. This enables children to learn from the same starting point. Teachers can therefore use a wide range of quality videos, songs and resources in order to create an adaptive learning environment for SEND children in their MFL lessons.
Children and staff at St Gabriel’s received the Primary Languages Development Award on the 6th November 2018. The award was presented by a Spanish teacher from the nation’s embassy in Manchester, she came to visit the school to present the award and to meet with staff and children.