Modern Foreign Language (Spanish) Policy
Torrisholme Primary School’s Vision
At Torrisholme Primary School, we are learning together to care for ourselves, each other and the world around us.
- In our school we teach a foreign language to all our KS2 children as part of our normal school curriculum.
- We believe that a learning a foreign language prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are often carried out in languages other than English.
- The choice of which language to teach is secondary to the lifelong language learning skills that the pupils will be encouraged to develop.
- Skills that they will be able access in the future will help them to learn new languages or to improve their competence in an existing language.
- Increased capability in the use of a foreign language promotes initiative, confidence and independent learning and encourages diversity within society.
Aims and Objectives
The aims and objectives of learning a modern foreign language in primary school are:
- To foster an interest in learning other languages;
- To introduce young children to another language in a way that is enjoyable and fun;
- To make young children aware that language has a structure, and that the structure differs from one language to another;
- To help children develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries;
- To develop their speaking and listening skills;
- To lay the foundations for future study.
- Spanish is the language that is taught in our school.
- The curriculum that is followed is based on the guidance given in the revised National Curriculum, using Language Angels scheme of work as a basis.
The children are taught to know and understand how to:
- Ask and answer questions; Use correct pronunciation and intonation;
- Memorise words;
- Interpret meaning;
- Understand basic grammar;
- Use dictionaries;
- Work in pairs and groups, and communicate in Spanish;
- Look at life in another culture.
- During Spanish lessons, children are given the opportunity to work as a class, as individuals and as part of a group.
- The choice of class organisation is determined by the learning task.
- By its nature, language learning will involve lots of interaction with visual, auditory and kinaesthetic prompts.
- All KS2 pupils shall have the opportunity to learn to speak a language.
- Most assessment is formative and is used to support teaching and learning and inform future planning.
- The teacher assesses the children's progress in the Spanish based on their achievement of the learning objectives in lessons.
- When written work is produced, it is marked in line with the school policy.
Monitoring is carried out by the subject leader in the following ways:
Informal discussion with staff and pupils
This policy is reviewed annually by the MFL subject leader. This policy is due for review in April 2024.