Together Everyone Achieves More
‘One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way’- Frank Smith (psycholinguist)
Modern Foreign Language's Expectations and what our children think about leaning Spanish
"It is really useful to learn Spanish. It helps you to understand other peopleand see life differently."
"Languages are important. You can make friends with many more people and can travel to other countries!"
“I like learning languages. I like the different sounds and I like to read books too and write stories.”
“I used to think it was funny when I heard people in the street speaking different languages. Now I listen to see if can understand!”
• Enjoy listening to and speaking in the language
• Listen and respond to familiar spoken words, phrases and sentences
• Communicate with others using simple words and phrases and short sentences
• Understand conventions such as taking turns to speak, valuing the contribution of others
• Use correct pronunciation in spoken work.
• Recognise and understand some familiar words and phrases in written form
• Read aloud in chorus, with confidence and enjoyment, from a known text
• Write some familiar simple words using a model
• Write some familiar words from memory.
• Appreciate the diversity of languages spoken within their school
• Talk about the similarities and differences of social conventions between different cultures
• Identify the country or countries where the language is spoken
• Have some contact with the country/countries
• Recognise a children’s song, rhyme or poem well known to native speakers.
By the end of Year 4, most children should be able to:
• Listen to and identify words and short phrases
• Communicate by asking and answering a wider range of questions
• Memorise and present a short text.
• Read and understand familiar written phrases
• Follow a short text while listening and reading, saying some of the text
• Read a wider range of words, phrases and sentences aloud
• Write some familiar words and phrases without help.
• Talk about celebrations of which they have experience
• Know about similar celebrations in other cultures
• Compare aspects of everyday life at home and abroad
• Identify similarities in traditional stories, building on relevant Y2/3 NLS framework objectives.
By the end of Year 5, most children should be able to:
• Pick out some of the detail from short spoken passages
• Enjoy interacting even when they hear unfamiliar language
• Join in a short conversation
• Make a short presentation using a model.
• Read and understand some of the main points from a text
• Understand how a simple sentence is written
• Write words, phrases and a few sentences using a model.
• Identify similarities and differences in everyday life
• List some similarities and differences between contrasting localities
• Recognise how symbols, products, objects can represent the culture/cultures of a country
• Recognise how aspects of the culture of different countries become incorporated into the daily life of others.
By the end of Year 6, most children should be able to:
• Listen to and understand the main points and some detail from a short spoken passage
• Give a presentation in a clear audible voice
• Converse briefly without prompts
• Enjoy listening and speaking confidently.
• Read aloud with confidence, enjoyment and expression, in chorus or individually
• Read and understand the main points and some detail from a short written passage
• Write several sentences from memory
• Develop a short text using a model.
• Demonstrate understanding of and respect for cultural diversity
• Present information about an aspect of another country.