MFL Spring

Children in Year 3 this term, have been learning to name colours in Spanish using repetition, games, colouring, wordsearches etc. They have been able to say and write sentences about which colours they like and don’t like and which is their favourite. To extend intercultural understanding the pupils also learned about the myths and traditions surrounding Chinese New Year.

In Year 4, the children have revised numbers, days and months in Spanish to be able to say and write dates. To extend intercultural understanding the pupils also learned about the myths and traditions surrounding Chinese New Year. Pupils have also begun to be able to recognise and recall the Spanish words for parts of the face. They drew some monster faces and labelled them with descriptive sentences such as ‘El tiene tres ojos rojos’ (He has three red eyes!)

Year 5 in Spring have been exploring a range of topics in Spanish. Firstly, we reviewed our key conversation vocabulary and unscrambled a conversation that had been put in the wrong order! We then practiced our Spanish pronunciation skills and had the same conversation with our learning partner as if we were music shop owners. In our following lesson, we reviewed our Spanish musical instrument vocabulary in order to sing a song in Spanish. We have also looked and located Spanish speaking countries on a map this half term. Finally, we received our Pen Pal letters back from Spain and have used our conversation vocabulary to begin to write our own responses back in Spanish.

Year 6 have been focusing on ‘then and now’ as a link to our previous learning on places in town. We have been using adjectives to describe different places in town and have developed our descriptions at sentence level to explain what our local area was like ‘then’ in the past and what it looks like ‘now’.

MFL Autumn 2023

The Year 3, the children have been learning numbers, how to ask someone’s age and tell someone how old they are. They have added this to their knowledge of greetings and introductions to build up a simple conversation.

In Spanish in Year 4, the children have been learning the days of the week, months of the year and how to ask and answer about birthdays.

In Year 5, We have discussed diversity and created some posters displaying the importance of diversity and what it brings to our lives.  

We have also been continuing to refine our memory on talking about the weather in Spanish as well as using dictionaries to look at the gender of Spanish words. 

This half term in Year 6 we have been building on our knowledge of places in town by learning new vocabulary about methods of transport. We have applied this new vocabulary to forming sentences to describe how we can get around town. 

Toftwood has just made friends with a Spanish school in Madrid and every child wrote a letter to the pupils there, telling them about Christmas here and asking the Spanish children about the holidays in Spain (In English) The children were really excited about this and asked some great questions! They are looking forward to translating letters from their new pen pals and finding out their responses.

MFL Summer 1

Year 3

In Year 3, the children have been learning the names for a range of fruit and vegetables. Using games, word searches and puzzles they practised the vocabulary and tried to come up with mnemonic devices such as ‘Las fresas’ – ‘Get the strawberries from the freezer.’ The children then revised ‘Me gusta/gustan, No me gusta/gustan’ to express their preferences.

Year 4

In Spanish, we have been using the website Language Nut to support us with the topic of ‘family’. We began by learning the vocabulary for different family members. We learnt how to say which family members live with us, what our family members are called and how old they are. We developed our skills as language detectives and tried to translate words and phrases containing the new vocabulary we had learnt. We have worked hard to be able to write whole sentences in Spanish about our family!

Year 5

We started this half-term by recapping the vocabulary for different types of weather and months of the year.

We challenged ourselves as a class to complete these loop cards to practise our Spanish speaking.

We learnt new vocabulary relating to the four seasons. We then moved on to telling the time and the children practised telling times o’clock and half-past. We then progressed on to telling the time using quarter past and quarter to. We put our new knowledge to the test by working in groups to complete this puzzle. It was a challenge!

Year 6

The children have consolidated their knowledge of one of our autumn term units – ‘en mi pueblo’ (in my town). They produced a knowledge organiser to display the key phrases and vocabulary learnt. The children enjoyed decorating their knowledge organisers once they had recorded the key information.

Modern Foreign languages Spring 2

Year 3

In Spanish this term, Year 3 children have been learning to name different classroom equipment, eg. un lapiz, (a pencil), una regla (a ruler), un boligrafo (a biro) and, my favourite, un sacapuntas (a pencil sharpener). We have been learning to spot masculine and feminine nouns and started to see how that affects the adjectives we use. Un lapiz rojo (a red pencil)/Una regla roja (a red ruler). 

The children have looked at different ways of translating text – using dictionaries and apps on tablets.  

Year 4

In Spanish, we have been looking at how to say different parts of the body and even how to put our new vocabulary into full sentences. The children loved singing heads, shoulders, knees and toes in Spanish and trying to keep up with the song, as it got faster and faster! We have also looked at masculine and feminine nouns and how you know whether to use la or el in front of them.

Year 5

In Spring 2, Year 5 re-visited the theme of music. The children re-ordered sentences to create a conversation using their musical styles vocabulary. Some children were also able to substitute selected words to alter the conversation a little. Those that felt confident read the conversation aloud.

Each class learnt to sing I am the Music Man in Spanish and this enabled the children to learn the names of some musical instruments. It was a catchy song!

Towards the end of the half term, we re-visited and developed our knowledge and understanding of numbers to 1000.

Year 6

This half term, Year 6 have been learning about Spanish speaking countries and how to say where we live and what nationality we are. We have had to use our translation skills a lot this half term to interpret what Spanish speakers are saying. We have learnt three new verb forms this half term: ‘ser – to be’ ‘hablar – to speak’ and ‘vivir – to live’. 

Modern Foreign Languages Spring 1

Year 3

In Year 3 we have been learning to say the names of common colours in Spanish. We then used these colours to write sentences that describe the colours of some world flags. For Chinese New Year we learnt about the origins of the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac, that this is the Year of the Rabbit and how to write Happy New Year in Mandarin script.

Year 4

Year 4 have been having fun with dates and Maths. We are able to ask the question, when is your birthday?’ and answer with the day and month.

We have also learned the Spanish words for parts of the head and face and labelled diagrams to show this.

Year 5

Year 5 have been learning new vocabulary for a variety of sports. The children used this vocabulary to write sentences to express their opinion about a variety of sports. Some children were able to extend their sentences by using y (and) and pero (but).

The children celebrated Chinese New Year by listening to a story that explained how

the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac were selected through a race.

Tangrams were invented in China approximately 200 years ago, a tangram is a two-dimensional re-arrangement puzzle created by cutting a square into seven pieces — seven geometric shapes called “tans”. The children then cut out the seven shapes to create animals from the zodiac.

Year 5 finished the half-term by learning new vocabulary associated with different styles of music. The children were able to revisit the skill of writing sentences to express their opinions.

Year 6

This term, Year 6 have been focusing on ‘then and now’ in relation to our previous learning on places in town. We have been using adjectives to describe different places in town and have developed our descriptions at sentence level to explain what our local area was like ‘then’ in the past and what it looks like ‘now’. As part of our intercultural understanding, we learnt about Chinese New Year and how these traditions are recognised and celebrated around the world. 

Modern Foreign Languages Autumn 2

Year 3

In Year 3, children have been learning how to count to 20 in Spanish, to ask how old someone is and to answer with their age. They have continued to practise holding simple conversations using the vocabulary they have learned. As part of our MFL programme, Year 3 discussed how diverse the world’s population is in terms of culture, language and identity.  We talked about how much diversity there was within the year group and created a huge jigsaw to celebrate different beliefs and practices. Our jigsaw pieces fitted together beautifully and formed a perfect jigsaw puzzle.  We wanted to show how celebration of diversity allows people to develop an understanding of each other, widens our knowledge of different cultures and beliefs and helps us to have a better choice of food, music entertainment and clothing. The children looked at some Spanish Christmas traditions and compared this with their own celebrations. Feliz Navidad! 

Year 4

The children have built on their Spanish knowledge from year 3 by applying their knowledge of numbers and months to be able to converse about their birthdays. They created a pretend invitation to their birthdays and made Christmas cards to their friends in school. 

Year 5

We started the half-term learning the vocabulary associated with weather. This included learning types of weather and saying the temperature, which allowed us to recap numbers too.

Each class discussed the meaning of diversity and discovered why it is important that there is diversity in each classroom. Each member of the class designed a jigsaw piece that represented themselves, once complete all the jigsaw pieces were placed together demonstrating that although we are all individual we all belong within the class and school community.

We finished the autumn term learning about the gender of nouns associated with clothing worn during sports. This also linked with developing our understanding of whether nouns are singular or plural.

Year 6

This term in Spanish, year 6 have been learning to describe our town using Spanish vocabulary. We are also able to use adjectives to describe the places in our locality. We also learnt how to use infinite verbs and can write sentences explaining where we go and what we like to do there in Spanish.

During the second half term, we learnt how to talk about different modes of transport in Spanish and learnt how Christmas is celebrated in other countries.