At Lanesborough it is our aim that children are proficient in the four skills, reading, writing, speaking and listening by the time they leave. The majority of the children will be only a year or so away from GCSE when they leave in Year 8.
The boys’ language journey begins in Shell with one twenty minute session of French per week and this is then continued in Years 1-8. Year 8s are taught three twenty minute lessons per week. In Year 5 Spanish is introduced and continued in Years 6, 7 and 8.
We focus not only on the language but also the culture of French and Spanish speaking countries. We look at the national holidays and the history of France and Spain. We also look into how language is acquired where there is now a greater link with English, grammar is very important to us and children need to have a good grounding. Fortunately there is not too much of a jump between each year, so that there is steady progression.
Children in the MFL classroom are active and free from the constraints that they would normally find in other subjects. The emphasis in lessons is on fun and the children are not stuck behind a desk all the time. They are often taking part in role-plays in front of the rest of the class and singing songs. The ability for the children to express themselves is very important. Indeed in the lesson, they are encouraged to talk as much as they like, as long as it is in French and Spanish of course! In June there is a five day trip to France for Year 7 pupils which gives pupils the opportunity to put their knowledge into practice.
Furthermore, in Year 8 the boys take part in a language immersion trip to Spain, providing essential speaking practice ahead of Common Entrance.
Mr Moore Head of French and Mrs Mendoza Head of Spanish