At Grayshott we follow the statutory National Curriculum for Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) which states that “A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world.” Our aim is to fulfil the National Curriculum requirement to “enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers.”
Weekly Spanish lessons are taught to all KS2 classes by Mrs Falshaw, a modern foreign languages specialist teacher. MFL listening, speaking, reading and writing skills are established through learning activities which are multi-sensory and active and serve to reinforce memory. Lessons also incorporate elements of intercultural understanding such as identifying countries where Spanish is spoken and by talking about the similarities and differences of social conventions such as religious festivals between different cultures. Language learning allows children to explore and discover other ways of living, of thinking and of communicating.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) education is a natural focus of MFL as exploration of culture and society is key to language learning.