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Downsview

Primary and Nursery School

Modern Foreign Language

"Every language is like an open window that shows a new view of the world and expands your attitude towards life”.

Frank Harris

Why we teach a second language?

There are many good reasons for learning a second language; research has proven the cognitive benefits, such as memory improvement and longer attention span. The world is changing quickly and learning a second language could potentially improve an individual's employment prospects. More companies than ever are managing business in several – often dozens of – countries around the world, but they are unable to do this without hiring globally-minded people able to speak at least one foreign language. If an individual makes the effort to learn another language, rather than expecting the world to accommodate their own language, then it shows the ability of that individual to adapt and cope to different situations as well as to have a wider interest about things. At Downsview, children have the chance to learn Italian from Reception to Year 2 and Spanish through KS2. Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world which makes it extremely relevant in today’s context and will allow them to have a head start in Secondary School.

What we teach?

The Modern Foreign Languages taught at Downsview are Spanish, delivered by a specialist teacher in KS2, and Italian in KS1, delivered by specialist teachers provided by the Italian Consulate as part of a programme to promote the Italian language. Languages at Downsview are taught covering the 5 main language skills: Speaking, Reading, Comprehension, Writing and Grammar.

Students have an early introduction to Italian to prepare them for KS2 through songs, games and story reading. Students will start learning Italian phonics, basic vocabulary and syntactical structures, which will give them a head start in KS2 and will develop the right attitude and frame of mind for languages. The similarities between Spanish and Italian make possible the combination of both languages, and Italian as an introduction to Spanish.

 

In KS2 the knowledge and understanding of this subject is taught in a way that engages children imagination and curiosity about the Spanish and South American culture, and that allows them to use and develop all the 5 linguistic skills. 

 

Year 3

 

Spanish phonics / writing 

Gender and number

Talking about myself

Likes and dislikes

Numbers 1-100

Gender and number agreement

Year 4

 

 

Transport and going to places

Describing people

Numbers 100-1000

Telling the time

Daily routines

High frequency verbs

Year 5

 

Asking for permission (Can I? / I can)

 

W questions (Qué, cuándo, cómo, dónde, cómo?)

Conjugation of regular verbs

 

Reflexive verbs

House chores/ prepositions

Jobs / What do I want to be when I am old?

Year 6

 

 

Following directions in a city

Clothing

Reflexive verbs

Foods  / Conjugation of irregular verbs

Secondary transition:

Revision of all subjects

Expectation of Modern Foreign Language (Impact)

Children will enjoy learning languages and be prepared to excel in Secondary School thanks to a solid MFL base. 

Children to become more aware and comfortable and acceptant of other cultures

Children will be able to use the language in different contexts and see the purpose of learning a language.

Children being aware of their level

Exposed to a second language and use transferable skills to make children flexible to learn other languages.

Children to become more employable.

 
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