White Rock Primary School

'Inspiring Learning Together'

White Rock Primary School

Languages

INTENT

 

It is our intent at White Rock Primary School to provide all our children with a high-quality education in Modern Foreign Languages (MFL), which develops their love of learning about other languages and cultures and fosters their curiosity and understanding of the world.

 

MFL teaching at White Rock provides excitement, enjoyment and challenge for children, helping to create enthusiastic learners and to develop positive attitudes to language learning.  The teaching enables children to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in writing and speech.

The natural links between languages and other areas of the curriculum can enrich the overall teaching and learning experience.

At White Rock we strongly believe in the importance of cultural capital and we provide the opportunities for our children to celebrate and embrace the difference backgrounds, heritage, language and traditions of all children living in this country.

We aim to prepare children for the KS3 language curriculum to enable them to transfer confidently and successfully and work towards becoming life-long language learners.

We have developed a working partnership with a local secondary school which will enable our children to meet and learn with KS3 children.

 

Our current MFL taught is Spanish, however we strive to provide children with opportunities to experience a range of other languages. For example, children have the opportunity to attend French and Mandarin clubs.  

 

IMPLEMENTATION

 

White Rock Primary School provides Spanish language learning from Nursery through to Year 6. KS2 Spanish is taught by Señorita Head, a Spanish Specialist Teacher on a weekly basis. In addition, class teachers deliver incidental Spanish during the week. For example: the target language is used to give simple classroom instructions, to ask questions and to take the register.

 

 Lessons across the Key Stages support the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. At White Rock, we use clear and comprehensive schemes of work which incorporate the three pillars of progression (vocabulary, grammar, phonics).

 

In EYFS and KS1, Spanish is introduced through topic related activities, focusing on practical games, stories with puppets and singing to develop an awareness of the language and vocabulary. In KS2, lessons are also active and highly focused, with children working as a whole class or in small groups.

 

A variety of language teaching methods are used by Señorita Head to match groups and individuals with different learning styles.  Activities include: -

  • Games- to develop vocabulary through repetition, reading, writing, speaking and listening.
  • Role-Play- these should relate to situations children may find themselves in the future.
  • Songs- to develop phonetical skills, memory skills and key vocabulary.
  • Authentic reading materials.
  • ICT- to develop communication skills. At White Rock we have subscriptions to the language programmes Babelzone and Linguascope.
  • Visual prompts are used to support children in translating new vocabulary.
  • Word mats are also available for the children to have out on desks to re-cap previous learning.

 

KS2 SPANISH

 

Our KS2 Spanish curriculum aims to ensure that all children develop key language learning skills, as set out by the National curriculum as well as a love of languages and learning about other cultures: These are as follows:

  • understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic resources.
  • speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including asking questions and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.
  • write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt.
  • discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.

 

Home Learning 

 

All children have access to the interactive language learning website Linguascope using the link below.

 The website can be used independently by children to consolidate what they have learned in class and get a head start learning new vocabulary, or even introduce themselves to a new language! All children have the username and password written in their diary.

MFL CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

 

Year 3 and their Spanish learning! mayo y junio

Wow! What a fantastic few weeks the children have had with their Spanish language learning! 

Year 3 have been busy learning a new Greetings song. The have learned that "estupendo" means amazing and "maravilloso" means incredible. We have also been looking at The Hungry Caterpillar story in Spanish. (La Oruga muy hambrienta).

 

17/06/2022

Year 6 were busy this week learning Daily routine phrases in Spanish. The children wrote sentences about Sergio Ramos, Rafa Nadal and Lionel Messi. All Spanish speakers! The  children also include frequency words in their sentences. iEstupendo! 

 

 

Mi rutina por la manana

Year 3 enjoyed writing las frutas in Spanish!

Year 4

Recently, Year 4 have  been so busy in their Spanish lessons The children have revisited months of the year in Spanish and numbers 1-31. We are working towards talking about birthdays in Spanish and making sentences like

Mi cumpleanos es el dos de junio! (My birthday is on the 2nd June) 

The children enjoyed making concertinas and using famous characters!

We are working really hard on our Spanish pronunication, especially the letter "j" 

 

 

Practice saying your birthday in Spanish? Can you challenge yourself and say someone else's birthday?

Over the past few weeks, Year 5 have been learning about countries and holiday destinations. The children have learnt transport, beach items and countries.They have also learnt how to formulate the verb "ir"= to go in the present tense. We made up a rhyme to this. The children loved learning some Groovy Grammar! 

voy

vas

va

vamos

vais

van

We put all the new vocabulary together to produce postcards  in the target language! 

Can you read this postcard? Tell someone at home what it all means! iBuen suerte!

Year 6 continue to work on their Spanish projects to give to their new MFL teacher at Secondary School. This week we have learnt daily routine phrases in Spanish and are the children have done so well to include connectives in their written work! iEstupendo! 

If you want to practice some of the phrases here they are: 

me despierto= I wake up

me levanto= I get up

Me ducho= I shower

Me visto= I get dressed

Me peino= I brush my hair

desayuno= I eat breakfast

voy al colegio= I go to school 

BREAKING NEWS FOR YEAR 6! 

We will be learning French during the last 4 Spanish lessons. This will help the children with Year 6-7 transition in MFL. We will learn numbers, colours, greetings and places! 

Tres Bien! 

 

06/04/22

Super effort this half term from Year 4. The children have been learning different foods and drink in Spanish. We have learnt about Tapas food and typical Spanish dishes such as tortilla espanola, gazpacho and paella! Senorita Head was so impressed with the Tapas menus the children produced. iEstupendo ano 4! 

 

 

El menu de tapas. iQue delicioso!

El menu de Tapas

31/03/2022

Fabulous effort by Year 6 this week! The children have started a Spanish project which they will take on to their Primary Schools in September. The project is called "Mi Colegio". We have been learning pencil case items (en mi estuche) and different school subjects in Spanish. (Las asignaturas) 

Here are the school subjects if you want to practise them at home! We learnt how to say we love/don't like + a school subject. Some children even added in an opinion phrase! iQue fantastico! 

el ingles

el espanol

la historia

la geografia

las ciencias

las matematicas

la educacion fisica 

me encanta = heart

detesto= I don't like/hate angry

 

Year 6's Spanish project work.

13/03/22

Year 5 have been learning the weather in Spanish this week! We have played some fun interactive games such as "Heads Down, Thumbs up" and the wordwall match the pairs activity to practise the key phrases. Here are the phrases to practise at home! Year 5 worked really hard on their pronunciation and the "ce" sound. iFantastico! The children also completed a super hard wordsearch about "el tiempo". 

hace sol= it's sunny

hace frio= it's cold

hace buen tiempo= it's nice weather

hace mal tiempo= it's bad weather

hace viento= it's windy

llueve= it's raining

nieva= it's snowing 

Frankie working super hard on her El tiempo wordearch. iEstupendo!

Year 5 weather report! Fantastic effort from Harvey and Dylan with their Spanish pronunciation. Senorita Head is so impressed! iFenomenal!

Still image for this video

18/02/22

Year 3 have had so much fun in Spanish this half term. The children have learnt how to say and write family members in Spanish. 

Here are the Spanish family words !

mi madre

mi padre

mi abuela

mi abuelo

mi tio

mi tia 

mi hermano

mi hermana

We also discussed the film ENCANTO. The children loved singing La familia Madrigal and picking out the Spanish names such as Luisa, Isabela, Antonio y Agustin. The children really enjoyed dressing up as Mirabel and presenting her family tree in Spanish! Senorita Head was very impressed. iBien hecho!

Have a look at some of the fabulous writing from Year 3 below. iFenomenal! smiley

Year 4 have enjoyed their Spanish learning this term based on La comida. The children have learnt breakfast foods, fruits and how to order food and drinks from a food menu in Spanish using key phrases and structures. 

We also discussed typical Spanish foods such as churros and tortilla espanola

The children did so well understanding a short reading text about the BFG and his food preferences. They were able to pick out key words and connectives! iMuy bien! 

BFG y la comida

08/10/21

 

This week in Year 3 the children have been learning how to answer the question ¿Qué tal? (How are you?) The children had lots of fun repeating these words with the help of Rosa, the Spanish puppet.

Here are the words if you would like to practise them at home

fenomenal smiley

muy bien yes

regular frown

mal sad

fatal crying

Have a look at some of the fabulous Spanish writing below. Señorita Head is very impressed.

Year 3 completed a writing task with the feeling words above. iMuy bien!

Year 4 filled in identification cards for Harry Potter - in Spanish! iEstupendo!

Year 5 produced some fabulous writing "Todo sobre mi". The children included connectives and key structures such as me llamo,tengo and vivo! iBien hecho!

Year 6 had a Groovy Grammar lesson and learned how to conjugate a verb in the present tense.  The children did so well with the different endings. iFenomenal!

 

Examples of Super Spanish Writing

22/10/21 Lots of fun was had today at Mandarin club. Meet the Giant Panda Team! Today we learnt how to say hello (Ni hao) and goodbye (Zaijian) in Mandarin Chinese. We greeted each other in Chinese and played a fun noodle and chopstick game. Have a look at our super Chinese plates. We even had a go at writing some Chinese characters.

Marvellous Mandarin Club 

 

This term, the children in Year 5 and 6 have the opportunity to attend Mandarin lunchtime club (1.30-2pm) with Mrs Head. (Lǎoshī Head).

We have already learned how to greet a teacher in China 老师 (Lǎoshī) and how to say hello and goodbye in Chinese.

Hello 你好 Nǐ hǎo

Goodbye见 Zàijiàn

The children enjoyed looking at photos of China, especially the pandas! 

We even had time for a fun game using chinese chopsticks and uncooked rice. 

At the end of the session, the children were excited to write 'hello' in Chinese characters. 

 

06/10/21

Year 5 and 6 have been having lots of fun in Mandarin club. We have be learning numbers 1-10 and the children have made some beautiful Chinese bookmarks! 

Have a go at singing the Chinese number song below.

 

 

Merlins making Chinese bookmarks

24/09/21

This week in Year 5 and 6 mandarin club the children learnt a song to practise Mandarin Greetings. 

We learnt how to say " How are you?" in Mandarin (Nĭ hăo ma?) 

你好吗

We also played a fun Chinese noodle game! 

 

Here are the lyrics for the Mandarin greeting song

Fabulous French club 

 

Salut! Year 6 had lots of fun at French club. Madame Head was very impressed by the super French accents! 

We learnt simple greetings in French (bonjour, salut, aurevoir ) and played French games to practise numbers 1-20  

The children were excited to receive a French name! smiley 

 

Pedro and Carlota

Super Spanish concertinas (name, alphabet, family and pets)

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