At Ainsdale St John’s Primary, we are linguists. We want our children to love their MFL lessons, embrace the opportunities given to them and enjoy the thrill of learning a language.
It is our aim to foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world by learning Spanish and words from other languages.
Through high quality teaching we aim to give all our children the fundamental skills, knowledge and confidence to listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding. We want children to collaborate and engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others.
We believe that our whole school family can ‘Grow, Develop and Achieve in ALL that we do’. Teachers use stories, songs, poems and rhymes to help children learn the language and it is our aim that our teaching enables the children to speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures.
As they progress children are encouraged to develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases. We want to broaden children’s vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words and phrases. We aim to teach the children to communicate clearly, to describe people, places and things and act out every day scenes such as going shopping.
Our aim is to provide children with the foundations for further foreign language teaching at secondary school and so we provide opportunities for our older children to write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly.