Modern Foreign Languages at Wickersley Northfield
At Wickersley Northfield we are committed to embedding a positive attitude to language learning amongst our pupils and develop an awareness and appreciation of cultural similarities and differences. Our aims are to foster an interest in language learning and develop children’s confidence in speaking by encouraging them to join in with songs, rhymes, short stories and games in order to practise the language in an enjoyable way.
Spanish Games Zone
Practise your Spanish at home by clicking on the links below:
Spanish Video Links and songs
In Autumn 1 children have been focusing on the sounds the letters "z, ll, y and j" make in Spanish. They have also been learning classroom instructions (challenge them to play noughts and crosses with you in the games zone to practise!) and writing about their classroom using the different words for "the" in Spanish and making nouns plural. Their written work was fantastic! Here are some examples (click on image to enlarge):
In Autumn 1 children have learnt how to greet each other in Spanish, ask how someone is feeling, say how they are feeling and say what they are called. We begin each Spanish lesson with our "start of the lesson poem" and 2 children are chosen from the class to lead this poem. This builds helps to build their confidence in speaking whilst practising pronunciation.
Long Term Planning
Click here to see the MFL Long Term Planning for each year group:
French Games Zone
Practise your French at home by clicking on the links below:
Alain le Lait French Video Links
Spanish is being taught in Year 5 for the first time (they have been learning Spanish since Year 2). In Autumn 1 children have been learning places in a town (look for a quiz to practise the vocabulary in the game zone!) and in Autumn 2 children are writing extending sentences about their town and comparing their town with a town near Valencia.
Year 6 have really impressed me during Autumn 1 with demonstrating their understanding of adjective agreements. They have been learning colours, items of clothing and using these to describe their school uniform. This half term they are learning to say who is in their family and describe them.
World Book Day
Each year in Modern Foreign Languages we have linked our learning to this whole school event. We have read The Gruffalo and The Jolly Postman in Spanish and French. Last year, Year 3 read "Book Fiesta". It is a bilingual book about book day in Mexico. After reading the book, children wrote sentences about who they read with and where they read.