The Intent, Implementation and Impact of our Curriculum –
Modern Foreign Languages
At Badsley, we intend to provide a modern foreign languages curriculum that is engaging and interactive and which inspires curiosity and respect towards other languages, countries and cultures. We aim to develop our children’s confidence in communication orally and in writing, developing their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in the target language.
Our teaching of modern foreign languages focuses primarily on Spanish, which is also the primary language taught at KS3 in the secondary schools in the area. This enables our children to have a good understanding of the basics of the language before continuing to develop their skills further in the next stage of their learning.
Our teaching of modern foreign languages will enable our children to progressively broaden their use of vocabulary and understanding of basic grammar specific to Spanish. The children will learn to communicate orally and in writing, developing their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills through a varied range of activities. This will include exposing the children to conversations, songs, rhymes, stories and games, both led by the teacher and through recordings of native speakers to help the children develop accurate pronunciation of key vocabulary and the ability to understand the native accent. Our curriculum breaks learning into key topics which focus on particular areas of vocabulary each term across KS2 and which progressively introduce new grammar rules to the children.
We use resources and teaching sequences taken from the Wakefield Jolie Ronde scheme for Spanish in KS2 but have adapted this to focus on key learning points, including grammar and pronunciation, to ensure a depth of understanding in key areas which meets the needs of our children. While teaching is usually led by non-specialist teachers, Spanish at Badsley is led by a primary MFL specialist, who supports teachers in planning, resourcing and delivering high-quality lessons where necessary.
Intercultural understanding is developed across KS1 and KS2 through exploiting opportunities to make language and culture links with topics being studied in other areas of the curriculum, including geography and history, and through the school-wide celebration of the National Festival of Spain, which aims to provide with cultural activities based around Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries. To prepare children for learning Spanish in KS2, year 2 children begin learning simple words and phrases in the summer term.
Our children will have developed the confidence to communicate in simple Spanish, orally and in writing, using the vocabulary taught and will be ready to continue to develop their linguistic skills in KS3. They will have a good understanding of the pronunciation of the Spanish alphabet. Our children will have an understanding of the practical use of modern foreign languages and will have developed an awareness of, and respect for, key cultural differences between countries.