Modern Foreign Languages
In foreign languages at The Vine, pupils are given regular opportunities to listen to, join in with, read, speak and write in Spanish. In the early stages of language learning, pupils engage in a lot of learning to train the ear, to tune into and learn how to produce the sounds of the language, through the teaching and learning of phonics and phonic-related activities. Joining in with songs, rhymes, stories and poems all serve to reinforce the sound-writing patterns. Pupils then begin to develop, from the earliest stages in Y3, the ability to form simple sentences of their own, with relation to topics of close, personal interest, such as self, family and pets. As learning develops, pupils are given more and more opportunities to engage with Hispanic culture, learning about places, festivals and other aspects of daily life in countries where the language is spoken. They develop confidence in writing from memory, building up over the course of KS2 to being able to write a short paragraph with information on up to three topics. Teachers make use of a wide variety of resources, including ICT, and learning activities, including games, information-finding (research), pattern-finding, and quizzes to stimulate interest and general literacy and other learning skills. There are clear links with English, particularly through the teaching of grammar.
The aims of Foreign Languages are:
To develop a deep interest in and appreciation for other cultures through making connections between their own traditions and the traditions of others.
To develop specific knowledge of Spanish, learning words and structures that enable them to ask and answer questions, listen to, read and understand stories, songs, poems and other short texts, and to write from memory about themselves.
To be able to speak with increasing confidence and fluency, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.
To be able to write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt.