Modern Foreign Language Lead
At Godfrey Ermen Primary School we teach Spanish in preparation for when our children leave to go to High School. We begin teaching Spanish from Year 3; however, foreign languages are introduced in KS1 during European Languages Day and through answering the register with different foreign greetings. We celebrate our links to our local community by ensuring we learn about the countries we are twinned with – Eccles is twinned with Narbonne, France. Although this is not our primary language we like to incorporate them into our European focused themed days and events.
Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.
The National Curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:
Language teaching will be taught throughout KS2 following detailed planning and guidance from the Salford Scheme.
Language teaching will be delivered by class teachers and HLTA weekly.
Each unit will be broken down into four components; Listening (Escuchar), Speaking (Hablar), Reading (Leer) and Writing (Escribir). The same symbols will be used in lessons and in documentation to ensure consistency across the subject.
Listening (Escuchar) – these lessons have the focus of children listening to a chunk of speech in Spanish and taking information from it. Evidence will be photographic or paper based (e.g. answering questions or scribing information).
Speaking (Hablar) – these lessons have the focus of children learning new language or conversing with others. They may also include presenting information, to either the class or a wider audience. Evidence will be photographic/talking postcards or QR codes.
Reading (Leer) – these lessons have the focus of children reading Spanish text, either that they or someone else has written. Children should answer questions about the text or take information from it. Evidence should be photographic.
Writing (Escribir) – these lessons have the focus of children producing a piece of writing. This can range from a sentence, to a paragraph focused on a certain topic or theme.
The primary language at Godfrey Ermen Primary School is Spanish however; other languages will be encouraged during European Languages Day (annually in September).
After school clubs may be offered celebrating additional European Languages.
We use a variety of techniques to encourage the children to have an active engagement in the modern foreign language: these include games, role-play and songs (particularly action songs).
When possible, invite native speakers into the classroom, in order to expose the children to more than one voice in the foreign language.
We also use a multi-sensory and kinaesthetic approach to teaching, i.e. when playing games; we try to introduce a physical element, as we believe that this serves to reinforce memory.
We make the lessons as entertaining and enjoyable as possible, as we realise that this approach serves to develop a positive attitude in the children to the learning of modern foreign languages.
We build children’s confidence through constant praise for any contribution they make in the foreign language, however tentative.
Learning a new language has a direct impact on our children’s learning. It gives them confidence in speaking, it develops their questioning skills and gives them a wider understanding of the world. It also develops their presentation skills. In an area of social deprivation, children often have low speech skills and fluency and we have found that learning a new language has developed this.