Ancient and modern foreign languages
We aim to equip children with the tools and enthusiasm to learn languages – both during their primary education and beyond. Through the teaching of Spanish across KS2, by our specialist MFL teacher, children are encouraged to develop a curiosity in and deepen their understanding of the world around them. The Spanish curriculum has been designed to engage children through their participation in practical spoken activities. These are linked to study of Hispanic culture, such as key festivals, by exposing them to authentic sources e.g. video clips and local literature. Combining these elements brings the language to life, as well as modelling accurate pronunciation and ensuring children are not merely memorising disconnected facts. A continued focus on accuracy as children move up through the school ensures the children gain oral fluency and retain what has been learnt. By the time they leave Year 6, children have a solid foundation in the mechanics of language, which they will be able to apply to language learning in KS3. Moreover, their speaking and comprehension skills will assist when interacting with Hispanic people in Reading’s multilingual and multicultural community or travelling further afield.