Modern Foreign Languages

At Kensington Primary the children in Key Stage 2 are learning Spanish. The teaching provides an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and will lay the foundations for further foreign language teaching at Key Stage 3. It will enable the children to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing, focusing on familiar and routine matters, using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary.

Mrs P Malone is the MFL Co-ordinator
Each term, every year group has a key question to answer, e.g. Are all great stories written? The children, along with their teacher will inquire and investigate their question. Below are the overviews for Art which tell you what questions the children will be investigating and give you a brief outline of their learning.

Throughout the school we promote the use of Spanish on a daily basis. Classrooms will have some key vocabulary displayed in Spanish and we take every opportunity to practise our language skills by answering the register in Spanish, counting in Spanish, exploring colours and giving out instructions.

Key Stage 1 have a Spanish after school club run by Mrs Malone on Wednesday

EYFS and Key Stage 1

The children in Key Stage 1 try to use some simple Spanish in lots of different ways. they practise the colours, numbers to 20 and some simple greetings when they answer the register. We make sure we have some of our displays linked to Spanish to embed the language in school. In Year 2 they explore the Spanish culture, food and language through Geography when they investigate Mexico as a topic. 

Key Stage 2

Spanish lessons are taught by Miss Pizzigoni across Key stage 2. She is a talented linguist who speaks several languages fluently.

We work closely with our Secondary schools and Year 6 had some transition sessions with The Academy of St Francis of Assisi. the children loved playing ‘Guess who!’ Estilo espanol!

We also try to embed Spanish into our daily routines with some cross curricular lessons, in particular, mathematics and daily use of some simple language such as greetings and feelings.

Year 3 explore Spain as part of their Geography topic and will explore the culture, food and traditions as well as the language. The topic ends with a fabulous Spanish day with food tasting and Flamenco dancing, Ole!

What we are doing to help us reach our end of year expectations:

The children in Year 3 have been practising to answer a simple question and give an appropriate response. They have been joining in with songs and rhymes and are learning to say them by themselves. We are working towards asking and answering simple questions with adult support and saying a rehearsed statement. We are practising reading simple words and then writing single words from memory. Our aim to is to do this without any adult support.
In Year 4 we are practising making simple statements about ourselves using a scaffold. We are building our confidence to say these statements independently.We are practising to read simple phrases as well as single words and we use that knowledge to help us answer questions in our Spanish books. We are practising writing these simple phrases using a scaffold. We are working towards building confidence and independence in writing. We are starting to name the gender of nouns and start to use the plural of nouns. We are aiming to use these with confidence by the end of the year.
In Year 5 we are building on the speaking and listening skills we have developed and are now trying to ask and answer a more complex phrase.

We are also trying to read and understand a more complex sentence and are working towards writing a familiar complex sentence from memory.

In Year 6 we are combining all of the skills we have learnt in Key Stage 2 and are now aiming to engage in a short conversation, expressing our own opinions.

We are also reading more complex phrases and some short stories, understanding their meaning in context. We are also practising writing these more complex phrases and descriptions in our Spanish books. We are aiming to write a short paragraph using familiar sentences from memory.

Grammar: in Year 5 and 6 we are developing our knowledge of the feminine and masculine and are becoming aware of the position of some adjectives, linking them to the similarities and differences within English.