Modern Foreign Languages
Our Curriculum Plan
At Grayshott, we follow the statutory National Curriculum for Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) which states that “A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world.” Our aim is to fulfil the National Curriculum requirement to “enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers.”
Weekly Spanish lessons are taught to all KS2 classes. This is overseen by Mrs Falshaw, a modern foreign languages specialist teacher. MFL listening, speaking, reading and writing skills are established through learning activities which are multi-sensory and active and serve to reinforce memory. Lessons also incorporate elements of intercultural understanding such as identifying countries where Spanish is spoken and by talking about the similarities and differences of social conventions such as religious festivals between different cultures. Language learning allows children to explore and discover other ways of living, of thinking and of communicating.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) education
This is a natural focus of MFL as exploration of culture and society is key to language learning. We also encourage extension and enrichment to the children's experiences with languages by encouraging after school clubs. So far we have introduced Spanish for Key Stage 1 and a Romanian language club run by a generous parent.
MFL supports Spiritual development by fostering an enthusiasm in our pupils to learn about the wider world.
MFL supports Moral development of our pupils. By providing our pupils with the experience of learning a new language, they are able to respect how it might be difficult for those visiting the United Kingdom to try to speak a new language.
MFL supports Social development by allowing our pupils to work with groups and partners where they take turns in speaking and listening to each other.
MFL Supports Cultural development by encouraging our pupils to appreciate the similarities and differences between Spanish speaking countries and the United Kingdom.