Modern Foreign Language
This academic year (2022-2023) is the first in which a Modern Foreign Language has been taught at Badbury Park as it is the first year the school has a Key Stage 2 class. As the school grows, as will the Spanish curriculum. Even though Spanish will be a part of the Key Stage 2 curriculum, a Spanish day, displays, greetings and other messages will be evident across the school to help create an inclusive approach to teaching Spanish across the school.
We offer a coherently planned sequence of lessons linked to the PlanIt Spanish scheme, ensuring progressive coverage of the skills required by the national curriculum. It aims to foster children’s curiosity and help deepen their understanding of the world. A linear curriculum has been chosen to allow an opportunity for children to gradually build on their skills. Our Spanish lessons enable children to express their ideas and thoughts in Spanish, providing opportunities for them to interact and communicate with others for practical purposes both in speech and in writing. We aim to expose children to authentic Spanish and offer regular opportunities to listen to native speakers. The intent in Lower KS2 is that children acquire basic skills and understanding in Spanish with a strong emphasis placed on developing their Speaking and Listening ability. These will be further developed in Upper KS2 alongside Reading and Writing skills, gradually progressing to more complex language concepts and greater learner autonomy. We aim to inspire pupils to develop a love of languages and to expand their horizons to other countries, cultures and people. We intend to help children grow into curious, confident and reflective language learners and to provide them with a foundation that will equip them for further language studies.
Lessons are sequenced so that prior learning is considered and opportunities for revision of language and grammatical concepts are built into lessons. Our lessons and resources help children to build on prior knowledge alongside the introduction of new skills. The introduction and revision of key vocabulary and grammatical structures is built into each lesson. This vocabulary is then included in display materials and additional resources so that children have opportunities to repeat and revise their learning. PlanIt Spanish has been designed by our language specialist teaching team, including Spanish native speakers, so that teachers feel confident and supported. In addition, Spanish greetings and messages will be present around the school from the Reception entrance to the Main Hall to enable all staff and children to integrate a whole school approach.
The learning environment will be consistent with key Spanish vocabulary displayed, spoken and used by all learners. Whole-school and parental engagement will improve through the use of language-specific home learning tasks and opportunities suggested in lessons and overviews for wider learning. We want to ensure that Spanish is loved by teachers and pupils across school, therefore encouraging them to embark on further language studies. Impact can also be measured through key questioning skills built into lessons, child-led assessment and summative assessments aimed at targeting next steps in learning. The profile of Spanish will be evident throughout the school with opportunities for all to take part.