Modern Foreign Languages
Our main objective in the teaching of a modern foreign language is to promote the early development of linguistic competence and an understanding of and interest in other cultures.
At Queensbridge Primary School our Modern Foreign Language is Spanish.
We aim to spark a love of languages in children through engaging, interactive lessons. The Spanish curriculum aims to ensure that all children:
• Familiarise themselves with the sounds and written form of Spanish.
• Begin to understand a new language, and communicate in it.
• Make comparisons and links between English and Spanish vocabulary and grammar.
• Learn about Hispanic countries.
• Develop a positive attitude towards the learning of foreign languages.
• Use their knowledge of Spanish with growing confidence, both to understand what they hear and read, and to express themselves through a balance of speaking and writing.
• Acquire, through all of the above, a sound linguistic foundation for further study of Modern Foreign Languages at Key Stage 3 and beyond.
The formal teaching of Spanish starts in Key Stage 2. We base the teaching of languages on the guidance material in the National Curriculum and the Hackney Scheme of work for Spanish at Key Stage 2. The scheme we follow ensures progression, as well as revisiting learning to foster confidence, fluency and a deep understanding in pupils.
We use a variety of techniques to encourage the children to engage actively in Spanish. These may include: games, role-play, mime, stories, songs and actions. We listen to native voices using recordings, videos and songs, in order to expose the children to more than one voice in Spanish.
We have a link school in Madrid called CEIP Cortes de Cadiz who we have fostered a strong partnership with. Numerous teachers have visited the school on Erasmus programmes and a group of pupils also visited the school in 2016.
Each year in the Summer Term we celebrate Hispanic Day across the whole school to motivate and inspire pupils. During this day children build up their intercultural understanding of Spanish speaking countries, as well as develop their linguistic skills.