Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement: Spanish (MfL)
At Northbury Primary School, we intend for all children to develop positive attitudes towards other languages and cultures. This interest is encouraged by delivering regular, stimulating and enjoyable lessons which build confidence and promote the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. It is our intention to ensure that by the end of our pupil’s primary education, they have acquired an understanding of both spoken and written Spanish, confidence to speak in Spanish with others and know how important other languages can be in their future.
The school’s overarching intent based on nurture and diversity is embedded into our overviews to ensure that the curriculum is reflective of our school community and all teaching is delivered using a nurturing approach.
The implementation of Spanish teaching is organised by a clear scheme of work which is in line with the National Curriculum and includes challenges for children working above age related expectations. Spanish is taught by a Specialist Spanish Teacher in KS2 and class teachers are present for the lessons to upskill their own teaching pedagogy and language development to allow them to deliver further incidental learning opportunities throughout the school day. The lessons are supported by the BCC Languages and Rockalingua scheme. In KS2, pupils are encouraged to develop their speaking and listening skills in every lesson through conversational work, songs, rhymes and stories. Grammar and sentence structure are also taught specifically. As knowledge and confidence grows, pupils record their learning through pictures and written recording. Opportunities are taken to supplement these lessons by using Spanish at other times during the school day, for example when greeting children, taking the register, giving instructions and playing games. Spanish is monitored by the subject leader throughout all year groups using a number of strategies including recorded learning monitoring, pupil voice, lesson observations and discussions with staff.
Pupils across the school are interested and excited by the diversity of language and cultures; this supports the development of many of our British values including individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance. Pupils learn to sing a number of songs and rhymes which they have learned by heart. They are able to speak a number of phrases with confidence and as they progress through the school can read and write some simple Spanish. They increasingly notice and understand basic grammar including feminine, masculine and plural forms and key features and patterns of Spanish, including accents and word order. They are beginning to conjugate and learn the key verbs which will help them progress their learning. They can discuss some similarities and differences between Spanish and English and talk about aspects of Spanish traditions and culture promoting an interest in and respect of differing cultures. There is clear progression within the Spanish curriculum. The pupils will develop a range of vocabulary and during subsequent years this vocabulary will be built upon and used within a wider range of conversational and written contexts. Learning is pitched to be inclusive of all learners for example SEND pupils may be given less vocabulary to learn or additional support from adults within class. Challenge tasks are also given to those pupils who require additional challenge; these may include using new vocabulary in conjunction with pre-existing knowledge or independent vocabulary investigations.