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Spanish will be delivered by Merchants’ Academy MFL department for high functioning students and other students will be offered theme days to suit individual needs.
Students are not given direct MFL teaching, but they are exposed to other cultures and stories from around the world. Students will have some involvement in themed days such as ‘European day of Languages’. Students are assessed against the early learning outcomes and specifically about knowledge and understanding of the World.
Years 1 and 2
In Years 1 & 2, although there is no direct teaching of Spanish, students get involved in themed days such as ‘European Day of Languages’ and have been included in Spanish activities such as Flamenco dancing. There is no statutory requirement to teach a language in Years 1 and 2.
Years 3 to 6
In Years 3 to 6, students learn Spanish meeting the statutory requirement to teach a foreign language. Spanish lessons are delivered by a qualified MFL specialist teacher / co-ordinator. The lessons are based around the requirements of the Primary MFL programme of study (2013) which states that all students should have made ‘substantial progress’ in their learning by the end of KS2 (or four years of language learning). The scheme of learning is bespoke and written by the MFL
co-ordinator, taking into consideration the various sensory issues and learning requirements of students at Venturers’ Academy. As well as materials written ‘in-house’, the MFL co-ordinator consults published resources, for example from Lightbulb Languages and the Primary Languages Network and adapts these as necessary.
Lessons in KS2 are cross-curricular and planned in conjunction with class teachers to complement topic work students are completing, for example, ‘All about Space’ or ‘Traditional Fairytales’. Students are assessed using Classroom Monitor incorporating smaller learning steps that have been written specifically for the students at Venturers’ Academy.
We are currently working towards the Primary Languages Development Award.
In Years 7,8,9 Spanish is centred on embedding the skills that students have started to develop in KS2. Students are able to participate in a range of learning activities that give them opportunities to interact with each other and help them to develop their social, communication and memory skills, as well as their linguistic knowledge. Teaching Assistants work dynamically to encourage and respond to students’ needs, and we aim to increase students’ independence in lessons as well.
The MFL teacher/co-ordinator draws upon a range of resources to deliver sessions which allow students to practise their listening, speaking, speaking and writing skills in a fun and meaningful way. There are also numerous opportunities for cross-curricular links with Literacy, Numeracy and SMSC; for example, learning about adjectives and adjectival agreements through the medium of a bi-lingual story or celebrating ‘la feria de abril’. Providing opportunities to promote intercultural understanding to students at Venturers’ Academy is a vital element of their language learning.
Students are assessed using Classroom Monitor with smaller learning steps that have been specifically written for Venturers’ Academy learners.
The MFL co-ordinator is currently researching suitable nationally recognised accreditations that may be suitable for some students as they move into KS4.
In the Nursery and Reception classes, students are not given direct MFL teaching, but they are exposed to other cultures and stories from around the world. When there is a Spanish themed day, they will have some involvement. Students are assessed against the early learning outcomes and specifically about knowledge and understanding of the World.
Year 1 and 2
In Year 1 and 2, although there is no direct teaching of Spanish, students get very involved in any Spanish themed days and have been included in Spanish activities such as flamenco dancing, Spanish stories read by Spanish speakers and Spanish music. There is no statutory requirement to teach a language in Years 1 and 2.
Years 3 to 6
In Years 3 to 6, students learn Spanish meeting the statutory requirement to teach a foreign language. Spanish has been chosen as the secondary aged students at the Academy study Spanish and students will gain an advantage in our all-age academy to be exposed to this early. The scheme of learning followed is one based upon the LCP programme and the Jolie Ronde Spanish programme. We are also involved in the Erasmus project where Primary staff get opportunities to make links with other countries for their own development and also travel to Spain to study Spanish during the Summer holiday period.
Students with ASC and particularly those with Asperger’s can excel at languages as they enjoy the highly structured teaching and rules upon which the language is based. This can be of great help in developing a students’ social understanding of different cultures, permitting them to interact more confidently as independent adults. Students who are non-verbal and/or have difficulty with understanding the English spoken word (at less than a 4-word level), will study Spanish culture without a language element. This will be determined on an individual basis.
Years 7, 8 and 9
In Years 7, 8 & 9 Spanish is centered on developing student’s skills in each of the four assessment areas: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Students will be expected to participate in a range of class activities focused on developing these key skills in preparation for the GCSE course. Examples may include: performing a role play in Spanish, listening to conversations from a variety of situations and noting down key pieces of information, or reading Spanish texts and responding to comprehension questions.
The aim is to build up the student’s vocabulary and understanding of grammar in the past, present and future, in order to support their written work. This could be in the form of translation between English and Spanish, or writing extended paragraphs in Spanish.
Topics studied and content covered include:
Mi Tiempo Libre
Mi Familia y mis Amigos
Jóvenes en acción
Una Aventura en Madrid
For further information:
Students can revise vocabulary for any topic on revision sites including www.linguascope.com (username and password to be issues by the school), www.123teachme.com, http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zfckjxs