Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)
At St John's CE Primary School, the learning of an additional language provides our children with a valuable educational, social and cultural experience. It helps them to develop communication skills, including the key skills of speaking and listening. It also supports and extends our children's knowledge of how language works. We aim to develop children's language skills to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and writing.
At St. John's, the chosen language taught is Spanish and provides our children with a strong foundation on which to continue language learning at secondary school. Learning another language deepens our children's understanding of the world and encourages them to seek "life in all its fullness" by igniting aspirations for future learning, experiences, and careers.
We aim to allow children to develop their skills and knowledge in Spanish through speaking, listening, reading, and writing from their starting point in Year 3. In EYFS and KS1, the intent is to introduce children to the key vocabulary and phrases in an active, fun, and engaging way.
Spanish is taught to all key stage 2 children through discrete, weekly Spanish lessons, which begin in Year 3. Spanish is taught using the Primary Languages Network programme of study, which meets the national curriculum requirements. It ensures progression throughout key stage 2 across the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.