MFL - Spanish
The approach taken at Woodlands is very much based on this Chinese proverb.
“To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world.”
Studying a language in primary school provides children with essential life skills. As well as giving them the opportunity to learn a second language, it helps to promote a broader intercultural understanding.
All pupils will be expected to achieve their full potential by encouraging high expectations and excellent standards in their foreign language learning - the ultimate aim being that pupils will feel willing and able to continue studying languages beyond Key Stage 2
At Woodlands, most children are taught Spanish following the ‘Language Angels’ Scheme. The foreign language learning targets for each year of Key Stage 2 are first broken down in to the speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar skills pupils should have developed by the end of the year. For each year there then follows a list of specific classroom topics which teachers can use as deliverable classroom realities to ensure all of the required skills are being developed to the right level and at the right pace.
Spanish is introduced formally in the second half of the summer term in Y2 and then delivered across KS2 using a scheme which endeavours to link to topic areas where possible, alongside discretely taught units. The lessons aim to be fun and develop children's confidence.
Children can access language learning outside school by making use of the Language Angels app. We also encourage our children to embed their learning of the Spanish language through playing games at home.