The MFL curriculum at Beaconside is designed with three goals in mind:
to give pupils appropriate experiences to develop as confident, responsible citizens
pupils will develop as rounded citizens, curious and appreciative of cultural diversity.
to provide rich ‘cultural capital’
pupils will gain an insight into the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries
to provide a coherent, structured, academic curriculum that leads to sustained mastery for all and a greater depth of understanding for those who are capable
pupils will learn Spanish through a structured and progressive program across KS2, leading to mastery (and for those capable, greater depth) of linguistic skills and knowledge (listening, speaking, reading and writing). Curriculum design takes into account language requirements for entry into Key Stage 3, identified from involvement in primary/secondary hub meetings.
The curriculum is delivered through:
Dedicated weekly Spanish lessons (1 hour per class) delivered across all KS2 classes throughout the academic year.
Teaching and learning based on repetition; learning is revisited and built upon across terms and years.
Spanish specific content that at times is cross-curricular, drawing on skills learnt in other areas of the curriculum. In particular, regular reference is made to English learning, drawing contrasts and comparisons across the languages.
A ‘drip-feed’ approach to Spanish with class teachers incorporating Spanish into the school day through, for example, taking the register in Spanish and using Spanish team names.
Displays around school and the Spanish Scrap Book to reinforce Spanish learning.
An eTwinning project in Year 6 which allows language, computing, PSHE and citizenship skills to be strengthened through direct communication and collaboration with a Year 6 Spanish class at a school in northern Spain.
A yearly Spanish activity afternoon in KS2 that encourages children to consider aspects of the culture of Spanish-speaking countries, with pupils cooking traditional dishes, questioning Spanish citizens about their everyday lives, dancing and craft-making.