Modern Foreign Languages
¡Nos encanta aprender español!
“Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures” (DfE, 2013)
At St Matthew's, we recognise the importance of teaching children a second language, to enable them to broaden their understanding of the world and foster pupil's curiosity. KS2 children take part in 1 hour per week Spanish lesson in years 3-5, taught by a HLTA. Children take part in both verbal and written Spanish tasks, incorporating the key objectives from the National Curriculum. Children are taught to;
- listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding.
- engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others.
- appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language.
- read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing.
- explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words.
- speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures.
- develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases.
- present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences.
- broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary.
- write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly.
- describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing.
Some of the key skills children learn are;
- to read and say numbers (1-31), to know the months of the year and be able to tell the time.
- to know colours, shapes, parts of the body.
- to use simple greetings and use these in a conversation.
- to talk about their family and where they live.
- talk about food and gives likes/dislikes.