Modern Foreign Languages

Our aim

We believe that the learning of a modern foreign language provides children with a valuable educational, social and cultural experience. The aim of teaching and learning a foreign language is to introduce the children to other languages. Through this learning the children will develop an appreciation of the diversity of languages and an awareness of cultural differences in other countries. Our aim is to develop understanding and communication in a new language through speaking and listening skills.

Our approach

Foreign language is a compulsory part of the National Curriculum in Key Stage 2 and helps to “lay the foundations” for the foreign language learning at Key Stage 3. Children at Sea Mills Primary are taught Spanish as a foreign language throughout Key Stage 2. All pupils in Key Stage 2 receive an hour Spanish lesson weekly, taught by language teachers. Throughout these lessons children have the opportunities to ask and answer questions using correct pronunciation and grammar. Children are taught words and phrases through practical activities such as games and songs.  Children work in pairs or small groups to communicate in a modern foreign language allowing them to develop an understanding of basic grammar. Children’s confidence is increased by praise for contributions they make in class, as well as rewards such as ‘linguist of the lesson’ and certificates for achievements in assemblies.

Although not compulsory in EYFS and Key Stage 1, languages are prevalent in school from nursery. Simple greetings while taking the registers or learning basic colours are encouraged. We value the languages within our school. If families speak another language we would love for you to come in and share them with us.

How you can help at home

There are many ways you can support your child to progress in learning a foreign language, even if you don’t know a language yourself!

  • Learn with your child. Try picking up a few words in Spanish or a language of your choice and use them in daily conversations.
  • Practise vocabulary of everyday objects by asking your child to label items around the home in Spanish.
  • Explore the library for books and audio books in a foreign language.
  • Download an app. Most will enable your child to practise the use of new vocabulary by playing games, completing artwork, solving puzzles and singing.
  • Watch episodes of familiar programmes in a foreign language or listen to a popular song in a different language.

Useful links

http://www.newburyparkschool.net/langofmonth/index.html – This website has a fantastic interactive computer program that contains interactive video clips showing the children of the school teaching their home languages. There are also some fantastic resources on here to download and use to support language development at home.

https://agreenmouse.com/ – this website helps to make early French and Spanish listening and speaking practice available to any interested child, teacher, parent or student to use at beginner and intermediate level. 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primarylanguages/ – this website provides a range of activities for children to complete in Spanish, French and Mandarin.