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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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= 再见 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.
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
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?)
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!