Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) - Spanish
Modern Foreign Languages at Heamoor School
At Heamoor School we teach Spanish from Year 1 to Year 6. 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. The focus is not on producing a large amount of written work, as we believe a deeper understanding of languages comes from speaking the language.
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.
European Day of Languages
For the European Day of Languages every class focused on a Spanish speaking country and the pupils were set a set of questions which they had to find the answers to. This encouraged a whole school appreciation of Spanish and some fantastic flags were produced by the end of the day.