Modern Foreign Languages
Spanish is our chosen modern foreign language at Whiteheath Junior School. Lessons take place weekly and are planned with the guidelines set out in the Key Stage 2 Framework for Languages in mind. The school’s Scheme of Work ensures that there is continuity and progression in both skills and content across all classes.
Our weekly classes are taught by class teachers who receive support and professional development from our MFL leader who is fluent in Spanish. Year 4 children also receive lessons from our main feeder secondary school specialists.
The intention of the Spanish curriculum at Whiteheath Junior School is that children are assisted in developing an interest in learning other languages in a way that is enjoyable and stimulating. We strive to embed the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing necessary to enable children to use and apply their Spanish learning in a variety of contexts. This, we hope, will inspire them to learn further languages, thereby equipping them with the means to broaden their horizons.
We use a variety of techniques to encourage children to engage actively in learning Spanish. These include games, role-play, songs and rhymes. We may use videos, sound recordings and songs to demonstrate the language and for the pupils to hear more than one voice speaking the language. We use mime to accompany new vocabulary in the foreign language as this teaches the language without the need for translation.