“One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.”

Frank Smith

What do we believe at Badger Hill?

Spanish is the official language in the following countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Columbia. Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela. There are 425,000,000 Spanish speakers in the world and it is the fourth most widely spoken language. Here at Badger Hill Primary School, we are one of the most culturally diverse schools in the city of York, a fact that we are extremely proud of. We wish to celebrate this diversity by providing a rich, engaging and vibrant MFL curriculum together with whole school events such as Languages Day and holding a ‘Festival of Culture’ week.

We believe children leaving Badger Hill Primary School should have high self-esteem as well as an understanding and respect for people from different cultures, lifestyles and customs. We want to expand their personal horizons, instill in them a love of culture and to foster inquisitive minds, self-discipline and self-motivation. We wish for our children to leave with a wide range of happy and rich memories from their language learning thus ensuring that children see learning a foreign language as an ongoing process and not a one-off event.

How do we achieve in MFL at Badger Hill?

Children of all abilities and backgrounds have the ability to achieve in MFL. Through wider opportunities and experiences in MFL, children will gain an appreciation of the country and some of its historical links to other parts of the world. In Spanish, children will develop the skills to appropriately understand, speak, read, write and transcribe phrases, as well as use and manipulate a variety of key grammatical structures. In order to support the delivery of Spanish at Badger Hill, we utilise various online resource banks such as Lightbulb Languages. Exposure to Spanish vocabulary and everyday phrases is actively encouraged in Key Stage 1 throughout the day. Children achieve the objectives in KS2 through oracy, literacy, intercultural understanding, knowledge about language and language learning strategies.

We create lots of opportunities to enjoy and share our MFL skills and learning

We create by sharing our knowledge, cultures and own expertise with each other and our wider school community. This is achieved through community events, parents evenings and our ABC sharing days! We create displays in our classrooms and around our school to showcase and celebrate the subject. Such learning and experiences are also featured on our school Twitter feeds.

We create children who are citizens of a plurilingual world. Children who understand that they have a right, and perhaps a responsibility, to learn about other cultures and sample other languages. We create children who accept and value people from backgrounds different from their own.

We create diverse citizens of the 21st century who are ready to explore the wonderful world which is waiting for them!