MFL (Modern Foreign Language) at Ashbourne Primary School lays the foundations for a life-long love of language learning.
Our work is underpinned by our vision and aims: ‘Nurturing aspiration through happy, creative learning’. Our PRAISE aims are at the heart of every lesson and our focus on the removal of barriers to learning is firmly embedded into all areas of the MFL curriculum.
At Ashbourne Primary School children will develop their curiosity and understanding of the world and its people through learning Spanish. Whilst learning a foreign language, children will gain an appreciation of different cultures and communities around the world. This will build upon our whole-school focus on diversity. Our children are lucky enough to deepen their understanding through lessons delivered by a Spanish speaker which provides them with an authentic experience both linguistically and culturally. Over their time at Ashbourne Primary all children will develop confidence, fluency and spontaneity in Spanish.
Learning Spanish at Ashbourne Primary School
We have been busy learning practical communication skills in our chosen language of Spanish. We love working practically to help us remember important vocabulary such as days of the week and months of the year!
What do you think these children have been learning? Do you know what comes next?
We have also been working hard learning the Spanish names for different types of clothing. This helps us too when we are learning about the weather – but I think we would be a bit hot wearing all this in Spain!
As well as learning to speak in Spanish, it is important that we learn to read carefully and show understanding of what is being read. We have also been working on reading the names of Spanish colours, and showing understanding by matching them.
Our favourite way to learn Spanish and to learn more about Spanish culture – by eating delicious Spanish food!
As part of our remote learning, children in 4C really enjoyed taking part in a ‘meet and greet’ with a Spanish person, Lucas. Thank you Lucas for coming to meet us, teach us some Spanish and telling us more about Spain!
All of KS2 also took part in online Spanish lessons with Mr Clark, which kept up our (and our parents!) Spanish learning, even when we weren’t at school during the lockdown.
We also really enjoyed our Spanish assemblies with Mr Clark when we could return to school. Here, Year 3 and 4 were learning how to ask and answer questions.
…especially when we can join in and be active learners.
Year 6 have been working on reading and writing about their family members. They have been reading carefully, making sure they understand words, phrases and simple paragraphs. They have also been writing phrases from memory and adapting these to create new sentences which express their own ideas.