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MFL

 At Panshanger, the pupils from Year 3 to Year 6 have a weekly Spanish lesson with a specialist language teacher and follow up additional activities with the KS2 class teachers .  The curriculum is based on the statutory guidelines for KS2, as outlined in the National Curriculum Framework, and is referenced to the learning objectives of the non-statutory KS2 Framework for Languages.  eTwinning Quality Label
At Panshanger we start our formal MFL teaching at KS2 with the aim of :
  • Learning a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for pupils, and prepares them to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly carried out in languages other than English.
  • fostering an interest in learning other languages
  • stimulating and encouraging children’s curiosity about language, in an enjoyable and engaging way
  • promoting intercultural understanding
  • laying the foundations for future study
 The children enjoy learning through the use of songs, games, stories, role play activities and films of native speakers, as well as practising their skills interactively on the Languagenut website. Every year, in September, we have a  day to celebrate  the European day of languages to highlight the range of languages spoken in our school as well as in the wider world.
In Key Stage 2, children have 45 minutes of discrete language teaching per week and additional follow-up activities, and will learn to:
  • develop the four language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing with the main focus on oracy
  • use the target language to communicate for practical purposes, through projects such as eTwinning
  • develop Language Learning Strategies to improve their ability to memorise new words; identify techniques to help improve pronunciation and apply prior knowledge when attempting to understand unknown words or phrases
  • investigate the links between languages, and recognise some basic aspects of grammar in the target language e.g. verb forms, gender of nouns and the need for agreement when appropriate.
  • investigate life in other cultures 
These skills will be achieved individually, in pairs and through large and small group work, via a range of themed activities incorporating: songs, games, interactive stories, role play and use of relevant writing and computer exercises, to consolidate learning.
ICT is used in language lessons to motivate pupils, by providing examples of model pronunciation and offering the opportunity to practise new language skills interactively. The school strives to use community and other links to expose pupils to native speakers, whenever possible.

More information can be found in the class pages and the termly curriculum overviews