Modern Foreign Language (MFL)
Learning a modern foreign language (Spanish) is a valued part of the curriculum at Our Lady and St. Edward’s Catholic Primary School. A high-quality language education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world, providing an opening to other cultures.
The teaching should provide an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and should lay the foundations for further foreign language teaching at key stage 3.
At Our Lady and St. Edward’s Catholic Primary School, we encourage children to engage and embrace new learning opportunities and we believe in the importance of learning a modern foreign language to raise confidence and self-esteem and develop a true appreciation for languages. Learning a language should enable pupils to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing, focused on familiar and routine matters, using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary.
We believe that the skills, knowledge and understanding gained through learning a new language make a major contribution to the development of pupils’ oracy and literacy and to their understanding of their own culture and those of others.
Language also lies at the heart of ideas about identity and community, and learning another language helps to shape ideas and gives pupils a new perspective on their own language.
Pupils' confidence, knowledge and skills support their ability to learn and speak another language. They are able to use an increasing vocabulary to support their understanding and spoken language through a range of contexts .Pupils are able to develop different ways of communicating what they want to say, through discussion, questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.This enables pupils to apply their cultural understanding across society and other cultures.