Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)
Modern Foreign Languages at Heamoor School
At Heamoor School we teach Spanish throughout the school. We believe that learning a foreign language provides an opening to other cultures; fostering pupils’ curiosity and deepening their understanding of the world. We have chosen to teach Spanish from Year 1, as we believe that the earlier you learn a different language the better. We aim to form a sound basis for further study at Key Stage 3 and beyond.
Through a high-quality, languages education we provide opportunities for pupils to be able express their ideas and thoughts in Spanish and to understand and respond to questions, both in speech and in writing. Our main objective in the teaching of a modern foreign language at primary school is to promote the early development of linguistic competence.
Spanish lessons at Heamoor are fun and interactive. Every lesson involves singing and often acting also takes place. Below are some of the different aspects to our learning of Spanish at Heamoor School.
The lessons allow pupils to engage in conversations in Spanish. Children ask and answer questions, using a variety of phrases and vocabulary. Pupils have covered different topics including greetings, feelings, descriptions and talking about likes and dislikes.
The pupils are learning to write phrases and sentences in Spanish. Key Stage 2 pupils have produced jigsaw pieces all about themselves.
Spanish lessons have provided the children the opportunity to learn and appreciate another culture. Pupils have learnt about Los Reyes Magos in Spain and el Día de Muertos in Mexico.
Tasting Spanish food
At the end of the Autumn term, pupils tried a variety of Spanish foods including: olives, manchego (cheese), chorizo (meat), picos (little breadsticks) and Kaki (a type of fruit). Pupils had to talk about whether they liked or disliked the foods, using the Spanish that they had learnt. A lot of the pupils tried foods which they said that they normally wouldn’t even consider.
European Day of Languages
Some pupils were selected to try their hand at cooking some different foods from around the world. These included foods not only from Spain, but also from France, the United Kingdom and Italy. Pupils were encouraged to follow the recipes and discuss why different ingredients might have been used.
Christmas Fair – European food
After such a successful cooking session on the European Day of Languages, the languages club decided to cook a selection of foreign foods to sell at the Christmas Fair. They chose Italian, French and Spanish foods, which were cooked, beautifully wrapped and sold.