Modern Foreign Languages
Modern Languages make an important contribution to a broad and balanced curriculum for all students. Our MFL course is designed to develop the practical aspects of communication. These practical skills are very useful when travelling abroad, whether on holiday or for work. Students will also learn about the structure of language. This will strengthen and improve their knowledge of their native language as well as provide the foundations to learn other languages later in life. Studying a foreign language, such as Spanish, also helps students to understand and appreciate different countries and cultures. This is essential in the modern world, with its emphasis on international trade and communication.
As a part of lessons, students studying Spanish can expect to take part in a broad range of speaking, writing, reading and listening activities. These include activities using a variety of authentic texts, recordings and video clips from native speakers.
Students are encouraged to make use of online interactive materials to complement their independent learning. Programmes such as Kahoot and the Language Magician enable students to undertake practice of key verb forms and vocabulary in order to commit them to long-term memory.
At Oakfield Primary School, we organise a range of cultural events including the European Day of Languages in September and in December we will be hosting a day of flamenco dancing, run by Maria Vega, a Flamenco dancer and choreographer based in London. We are currently in the process of securing a partner school in a Spanish speaking country for a pen pal programme. In July the school hosts EF in our Creation Station and we organise football matches and speaking practice sessions with the Spanish students. These enable our students to experience fully both the language and the culture of the country.
Key Stage 3
Students study Spanish at Oakfield CE Primary School, as all of the high schools on the Isle of Wight offer Spanish at Key Stage 3.