Modern Foreign Languages at St Austin's
MFL at St Austin's...
At St Austin’s School we want all children to be enthusiastic learners of Spanish and to be eager to achieve their very best in order to fulfil their God-given talents. We firmly believe that the recipe for success is high quality first-wave teaching in Spanish, which is central to the life of our happy, caring school.
-Children in KS2 receive 1 hour of Spanish teaching every fortnight.
-We use the 'lightbulb languages' scheme and linguascope to support the children's learning.
-We are lucky to have a native Spanish speaking volunteer who comes in to help in lessons!
What do our pupils say about their MFL learning?
"I enjoy learning different languages. So far in Spanish I've learnt lots of greetings- Hola, Buenas Tardes, Buenas Noches and Buenas Dias."
"I like learning about the different meanings of words in Spanish, for example different body parts and numbers. I really enjoyed singing 'heads, shoulders, knees and toes' in Spanish for our vehicle showcase."
"I like doing Spanish because it's fun and when I went on holiday I was able to use what I had learnt. It was great because I could tell people my name and say please and thank you."
"I enjoy learning about different languages and seeing how people live in Spain. I've enjoyed learning about numbers because I know that if I ever visit Spain then I will be able to use my knowledge in the shops."
Opportunities for Cultural Capital:
At St Austin's children learn about traditions and life in Spain as well as other Spanish speaking countries. They also get chance to try Spanish food and listen to traditional Spanish music.
Children have the opportunity to study the work of the well-known Spanish artist Picasso in Art and the famous architect Gaudi in D&T lessons.
In Year 3 children are learning about the Rainforests. When researching these countries they found out that a lot of the countries in South America speak Spanish!
In Year 6, children have been learning about the Stone Age and they were amazed that the first cave paintings were found in Spain. The children then created their own inspired by the work they had studied.