At Hadrian Park, we believe that learning a Modern Foreign Language prepares our pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are often carried out in languages other than English. It is essential that our pupils are equipped with the skills needed to succeed within the international workplace. Through learning a language, increased pupil initiative, confidence and independent learning is evident as well as enhancing an awareness of our own language. Children of primary school age are very receptive to learning a new language and we aim to capture and fulfil this potential from an early age.
To enable children to understand and communicate in another language.
2) To develop enthusiasm for language learning.
3) To increase the children’s European awareness.
4) To awaken an interest in foreign cultures, customs and life-styles.
5) To encourage tolerance and a willingness to work co-operatively.
Key Stage 1
Although non-statutory, children are introduced to the Spanish language through learning a range of songs, stories and rhymes. The focus is on developing their speaking and listening skills. Pupils learn to ask and answer simple questions, name objects and respond to simple instructions. Reading and writing skills are developed through reading and writing single words before moving onto reading and understanding short phrases.
Key Stage 2
At Key Stage 2, pupils continue to build on and further develop their language skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Songs, rhymes and stories are again used to introduce new vocabulary and help pupils retain these key words and phrases. In Years 3 and 4, pupils begin to compose short conversations and speak in sentences. They can name and describe people, places and object and respond to questions. Bilingual dictionaries are used to help pupils look up new words and they begin to read short passages of text. Pupils can also write 2-3 sentences on a familiar topic and say what they like/dislike. In Year 5 and 6, pupils build on their speaking and listening skills to ensure they are using the correct grammar to speak correctly. They are able to read longer pieces of text and begin to work out unfamiliar words. Pupils can write 4-5 sentences and start to substitute key words/phrases.
What Makes MFL special at Hadrian Park?
1) MFL related after school clubs are offered throughout the year.
2) Year 5/6 residential trip to Normandy in France every two years (looking to replace with visit to Spain for 2021).
3) School achieved reaccreditation of the International School Award in July 2018, recognising the international dimension of our curriculum, including MFL teaching and learning.
4) International days celebrated throughout the school year (e.g Chinese New Year, European Day of Languages, Commonwealth Day).
5) School actively involved in ETwinning projects where links are made with other European schools and work is exchanged between pupils.