MFL prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are often carried out in languages other than English.
Pupils need to learn new languages or improve their competence in an existing language in order to be equipped with the skills needed by the international workplace. Increased capability in the use of MFL promotes initiative, confidence and independent learning and encourages diversity within society.
The overall aim for Modern Foreign Languages is to enrich learning for all pupils and to ensure that they develop confidence and competence in MFL.
• To increase children’s linguistic competence through weekly MFL sessions.
• To exploit cultural links and experiences.
• To promote positive attitudes towards language learning through a range of learning activities.
• To develop listening skills and phonological awareness (with particular emphasis in Y7 to 8).
Spanish is taught regularly to ensure progression and skills development. Although MFL is a cross-curricular subject, children are taught specific skills, concepts and vocabulary in a weekly dedicated Spanish lesson. Alt Bridge aims to deliver the requirements of the MFL framework by linking, where appropriate, planning to the framework objectives. This ensures that particular language learning strategies are taught and appropriate skills are practised. The scheme of work for Spanish outlines which topics are covered in each year group. Each class teacher uses basic Spanish classroom vocabulary throughout the day and expects the pupils to do the same.
Spanish is taught to all year 7, 8 and 9 pupils. Pupils will study Spanish using the Zoom series of course books alongside additional resources including the opportunity to use ICT facilities to engage in independent and group tasks. The course has a cooperative learning approach which promotes communication and active engagement. All Spanish lessons are delivered to support and extend the individual pupil’s learning. They take an active role in the assessment of their work, setting and evaluating targets in all four skill areas; reading, writing, speaking and listening.
Tasks link in with the National Curriculum Programme of Study. The topics covered are planned so that they relate as much as possible to pupils own life experiences. Pupils will acquire knowledge and understanding of the target language, develop language skills, and develop cultural awareness.
Key Stage 3 Courses
Families play an important role in the success of pupils in school. There are many different ways that you can get involved and support your children’s learning. Whether you attend meetings, volunteer, or just read with your child at home each night, you are making a contribution that will help your child do well in school.
Educational research has shown that schools with strong parental involvement are more likely to improve pupil learning. You can help your child by thinking over these recommendations:
• Spend time or have dinner together with your child talking about education and future goals.
• Help your children with homework.
• Read every night together, tell stories to your child.
• Review spellings/new vocabulary.
• Communicate regularly with school.
Web Resources Links
FREE ONLINE SPANISH COURSE.
IMPORTANCE OF LEARNING A NEW LANGUAGE