Modern Foreign Languages
Learning a foreign language is a necessary part of being a member of a multicultural society and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster children's curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world.
Dorchester Primary School follows the 'Plan It' Spanish scheme of work.
All classes from Year 3 to Year 6 will have a weekly MFL lesson following the 'Plan It' scheme. The lessons are as interactive and conversational as possible to develop the pupils' linguistic skills. As this is the second year of the children learning Spanish at Dorchester, Years 4-6 are currently following the same programme of study.
Children are encouraged to listen and respond to certain words, structures and phrases. They play games that require concentration on listening to Spanish being spoken. Children join in with songs, poems and rhymes and then learn them by heart. This integrates previously learnt language with newly learnt language. Children take part in pair and group work as a way to encourage each other in the acquisition of a new language. Once secure in their beginnings of spoken Spanish, children move onto more formal recording and writing in Spanish.