Modern Foreign Languages
At St Mabyn school, through God’s love we learn, grow and flourish together.
St Mabyn Church of England Primary School
Our school is one part of a family of well-connected schools. It is a small, nurturing school packed full of love: love for one another; love for learning; love for our neighbours and community and love for God. It comfortably sits in the heart of a picturesque, small rural village being over looked by St Mabyn Church. In our school, adults and children collaborate to create a safe learning environment where everyone can flourish and achieve greatness, becoming curious imaginative life-long learners. St Mabyn School is the gateway through which the future possibility of the adult emerges.
1 John 3:18
"My little children, let us not love in word or tongue, but in deed and in truth,"
At St Mabyn Primary School, we recognise the importance of MFL in our pupils’ education. There are numerous personal, cultural, social and career benefits in being able to communicate with confidence in another language. We believe that every child at St Mabyn should be given the chance to develop their MFL skills to build a basis for future language learning.
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” - Nelson Mandela
Statement of Intent
Our MFL curriculum is shaped by our school vision, values and curriculum drivers CAN:-
Develop a Caring heart- Children will find out who they are, their place within the world, how they fit in and can aspire to make a difference.
Develop an Active mind and body- Children will have the wisdom to use their knowledge and skills to be the best learners now and for their future.
Develop a Nurturing character- Children will stand up for themselves and others; respect each other, be prepared for personal challenge and successfully collaborate.
At St Mabyn School, we intend to develop an interest in and thirst for learning foreign languages, in turn, developing a further understanding of our own languages. We want our pupils to be enthusiastic, engaged and challenged to develop their ability to use and understand another language. Our MFL Curriculum aims to encourage the awareness of our pupils as to what lies behind another language, enhancing the richness and diversity of different cultures. We hope to embed the essential skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing as well as gaining an insight and understanding of international culture. We hope to lay the foundations for future language learning.
At St Mabyn, for the delivery of our Spanish Curriculum, we have one mixed aged KS2 class and a mixed age KS1 class. Our teachers are supported with planning to ensure coverage of all national curriculum elements within the age groups in their classes. In KS1, MFL is not taught in lessons but referenced to within, to build a basis for KS2. Teaching in KS2 is delivered in whole classes, small groups and staggered tasks where appropriate.
Our curriculum coverage changes yearly, and is dependent on class structures for the year and prior knowledge. Our current coverage for the year following school closure is below
In KS2 at St Mabyn, we will be delivering the following curriculum for 2020-2021 -
Class 2/3 Coverage 2020-2021
To learn the key phonics vowel words
To learn basic greetings and giving your name
To understand and recall orally the numbers 1-10
To ask how old someone is and give own age
To know the remaining key phonics sounds words
To practise and embed the phonics knowledge
To use the question '¿Tienes? (Do you have?) in a game
To learn the nouns for items in a pencil case
To embed the pencil case nouns
To ask 'Do you have a..?' and respond
To ask 'What do you have in your pencil case?' and respond
To practise the sound-writing relationship
To learn some key facts about Christmas in Spain
To learn a Spanish Christmas song
To learn some key classroom language
To learn 9 new nouns - animals - (with the indefinite article)
To learn how to make nouns plural in Spanish
To learn how to say 'a' and 'some'
To learn the adjectives of colour
To listen and read along
To describe animals with colours
To join in with a song
To develop the ability to listen attentively to passages with a mixture of familiar and unfamiliar language
To learn nouns for different fruit
To learn the names of the days of the week
To learn food nouns from the Hungry Caterpillar story
To consolidate the new language from lessons 1,2,3
To listen to and understand a Spanish story
To develop confidence and memory by retelling the HC story
To use knowledge of colours to create a butterfly
To learn some words for snacks
To ask 'What do you want?' and respond 'I want'
To ask / answer from memory
To write individual words from memory
In our school, there is clear progression through our curriculum and teacher’s expectations in subject knowledge. Within their learning of Spanish grammar, our pupils are consolidating and strengthening their understanding of English grammar too. We encourage our pupils to develop a love for languages with the incorporation of teaching Spanish and intercultural understanding, in order to allow our children to have a deepened ability to show respect, and to celebrate and welcome differences in our world.
“El lenguaje nos ayuda a capturar el mundo, y cuanto menos lenguaje tengamos, menos mundo capturamos.” - Fernando Lázaro Carreter
If you would like to help further Spanish learning at home, some useful websites include -
BBC Schools Primary Language Website - vocabulary and games https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zxsvr82
Primary Games Arena - games - http://primarygamesarena.com/Subjects/Spanish
Rockalingua - songs - https://rockalingua.com/games
If you have any questions or queries about our Modern Foreign Languages provision, please come and speak to Mrs Redford-James in Class 2 or email email@example.com