At Merton Bank Primary School we teach Spanish as our foreign language. We want children to discover that learning a foreign language links them to the wider world and provides an opening to other cultures. We aim to foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. We support them to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. We hope that our language teaching will provide the foundation for learning further languages, ultimately equipping children to travel, study and work in other countries.
We provide targeted support for children learning English as an additional language and we value the other languages spoken by children in our school including Arabic, Mandarin and Tamil.
We use the Primary Languages Network to support our languages learning in school and for our home learning. Click on the link below to access their YouTube channel to find more information:
Assessing languages at Merton Bank
Feedback about learning Spanish is usually given verbally by teachers, teaching assistants and sometimes by peers. Written work in books is marked to correct spelling and grammar errors and also provide some next steps where appropriate. Assessments are made each half term by class teachers and monitored by the subject leader.
The Primary Languages Network that we use for our work in school has produced a scheme to support the languages work that is being completed at home. Click on the links on the document below to see activities for Year 3 (Stage 1), Year 4 (Stage 2), Year 5 (Stage 3) and Year 6 (Stage 4).
Languages Subject Leader – Mrs K Clay