As part of the KEYS Curriculum (Knowledge and Skills Empower You to Succeed) we aim to provide children with the opportunity to reach their full potential in their learning of a foreign language. We want to create a love for language and stimulate a desire to experiment with it. We hope to foster pupils’ curiosity and broaden their understanding of the world, promoting tolerance and respect for diverse beliefs and traditions in other cultures. Through a recent link made with a school in Madrid, we intend to give children an insight into the similarities and differences of everyday life in Spain, bringing to life the special events such as religious festivals that are celebrated there.
A revised scheme of work was created in 2020, which sets out to present elements of language in small steps, building on previous knowledge in a cumulative manner. The Long Term Plan has been tailored to provide topics through which key vocabulary, grammar and phonics can be explored in a logical sequence. There is a balanced progression across Key Stage 2 in the following five areas:
To provide for different learning styles, activities incorporate sight, sound and movement. This involves:
- Songs, rhymes and raps.
- Actions to represent feelings, numbers, months.
- Picture representation.
- Games to create an element of fun and competition.
- Collaborative learning which entails partner and small group activities, where mistakes can be made and language rehearsed freely without prolonged turn taking or fear of an audience. Active participation is a key element.
- Listening activities.
- Pattern seeking.
Lessons are delivered following a consistent sequence of:
- Revision to recall and practise familiar language. This may take the form of a short quiz.
- Introduction of new vocabulary/sound/grammar/sentence construction etc
- Consolidation through an activity eg. question and response work with a partner, sequencing, sorting, card game.
- Independent written task.
- Plenary to showcase learning, assess and gather evidence.
Children complete a short quiz at the beginning of each lesson to aid memorisation, and evidence of work, both written and spoken, is gathered and shared on the MFL blog. Class displays reflect current learning and are a reference point for children.
The skills acquired through learning a language are valuable and transferrable and will result in a positive impact on all areas of life. Learning a foreign language will give children a deeper understanding of how their own language works, as they explore the similarities and differences between vocabulary, grammar and phonics. We aim to prepare children and lay the foundations for further foreign language learning at Key Stage 3 or in later life.