Modern Foreign Languages at Priestley
Raising Aspiration, Realising Ambition, Stimulating Curiosity.
At Priestley, we are keen to offer a coherently planned sequence of lessons, ensuring progressive coverage of the skills required by the national curriculum. Our external Spanish teacher teaches through themes such as ‘Meet and Greet’ ‘The Body’ ‘All About Me’ ‘My Town’ and ‘Shopping’, that introduce vocabulary as well as the culture of Spanish-speaking countries and communities.
The topics aim to foster children’s curiosity and help deepen their understanding of the world. It is a curriculum where the vocabulary is revisited each year to allow an opportunity for children to gradually build on their skills. It enables 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. The use of an external Spanish teacher allows us 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 whilst stimulating curiosity about another country. These will be further developed in Upper KS2 alongside Reading and Writing skills, gradually progressing to more complex language concepts and greater learner autonomy.
Through our Spanish scheme, we aim to raise pupil aspiration, encourage them to realise their ambition and inspire pupils to develop a love of languages and to expand their horizons to other countries, cultures, and people. We place learning at the heart of everything we do and 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.
Spikey remains a key member of Spanish lessons and our external Spanish teacher continues to follow our ‘Priestley Values’ which helps us all to learn like Spikey. Children are rewarded and praised for Having Respect for All, Giving Everything a Go, Cooperating, Taking Responsibility, Sharing Great Ideas, Staying Focused and Thinking Things Through.
Placing learning at the heart of everything we do.
Lessons are sequenced in our Priestley Pathway 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. A series of lessons are suggested, providing structure and context as well as offering an insight into the culture of Spanish-speaking countries and communities.
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. Throughout their learning children are reminded to ‘Learn like Spikey’ so they can fully maximise the benefits and time in their lessons.
Priestley and Proud
The impact of the school’s curriculum will be constantly evaluated as we place learning at the heart of everything we do. Using the full range of resources, including display materials, will increase the profile of languages across school. The learning environment will be consistent, with key Spanish vocabulary displayed during lessons, spoken and used by all learners. 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, pupil conferencing, lesson pop-ins, child-led assessment such as KWL grids and summative assessments aimed at targeting next steps in learning. These assessment activities will be reviewed against the subject area’s age-appropriate expectations shared in the ‘Priestley Pathway’ with Class Teachers reporting on those children achieving below, in-line or above expectations.