Mead Road, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL4 5YS
Ready for Life
At Abbeymead, we want our pupils to be empowered by having the knowledge of learning and speaking another language to live in an interdependent world. Learning a language, helps us to develop other key skills such as intercultural understanding, empathy and appreciation of diversity. It can develop our critical thinking skills and problem solving skills. We want our children at Abbeymead to not only be able to communicate in other languages, but as importantly, to explore different cultures in more depth in order to become a true global citizen and be ‘ready for life’.
Languages in KS2, will develop the 4 key skills of learning: listening, speaking, reading and writing, with a very large emphasis initially on listening and speaking. Children will progress from Year 3 by being able to say a few short phrases, to being able to take part in a conversation and clear enough for a native speaker to understand, by the end of year 6. We will be using 'Primary Languages Network' to implement our teaching, which is a complete online resource, with full planning, links to cross curricular events and activities and full tracking and assessment tools.
Not only will children learn through regular lessons, but also by a wider and more authentic way of learning. This year we will be introducing E -Twinnning, in order to establish a link with a partner school, to provide children with a native speaker and improve their skills in all 4 areas. Furthermore, there will be planned projects across the academic year, to enable children to investigate Spanish further.
Learning another language gives children a new and broader perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others.
As Spanish is new for 2020, we are currently implementing a 'rolling programme'. Please see details below and click on the overview to see the KS2 curriculum design.
2020-2021 - 1st year: all years at Stage 1(S1)
2nd year: Y3 at S1,Ys 4-6 at S2
3rd year: Y3 at S1, Y4 at S2, Ys 5+6 at S3
4th year: all years at appropriate stage
MFL supports Spiritual development by creating a deeper understanding of cultures, traditions and beliefs of other countries. In Abbeymead, this is by learning about a range of festivals that take place across Spain. Children have the opportunities to reflect upon these traditions and make links to our own traditions in the UK.
MFL supports Moral development by creating a curiosity of how other people in other countries and societies live. It enables pupils to appreciate our own law and country and reflect upon personal behaviour and behaviour of others.
MFL supports Social development by gaining insights into the way of life, cultural traditions, moral and social developments of other people. Pupils social skills are developed through group activities and communication exercises, along with listening skills which are improved through native speaker lessons.
MFL Supports Cultural development by gaining insights into cultural traditions, key figures and historical sights. It helps break down stereotypical views and discrimination against other races and cultures.
Home Learning Support
Please use these resources if your child is home isolating or if we are in a National Lockdown. This will compliment the work that would have been happening in class and gives pupils the opportunity to revisit the target language. (Please click on the blue link below)
The foreign language learning your child experiences at school should be more than enough to set them on their way. However, you might like to support their learning at home by trying some of the following:
Learn alongside them: find out the language they are learning and get them to teach you some key words and phrases. They might like to make a simple poster illustrating key words and phrases, or use sticky notes to label everyday objects in a foreign language. Another good idea is to create a ‘new words’ dictionary for them to record all the new things that they have been learning. You may want to invest in a bilingual dictionary for them to look up further words — there are a great many ‘child-friendly’ versions of these available.
Why not find books, films or songs in the language they’re learning? These can be a wonderful way to learn a language without even realising it. Early-readers or lift-the-flap books are brilliant for learning a new language. The Internet is perfect for bringing some cultural learning into your home, allowing as it does access to videos, radio/audio and images from all around the globe. It has never been easier to expand your child’s horizons. There are also many games accessible on line (many of which are free) to help engage your child at home as well as websites (listed below) that include games, eBooks and links to other foreign language sites too.
If you are lucky enough, perhaps you might like to plan a family holiday to a country where the language is spoken. This is not always possible for many families, but any way for your child to meet native speakers can be a wonderful experience. Alternatively, there’s always the good old-fashioned pen-friend option!
Above all, make any additional language learning you do at home fun, practical and supportive. Learning a new language can be a little daunting at first but with the help of parents and schools, it needn’t be the case. Even playing simple games (such as 'Snap', 'Guess Who', 'Snakes and Ladders') and adding an element of a foreign language (such as counting, colours or even just answering yes and no) could be a wonderful aid.
A good way to help your child is to use some of the online resources that are available.