Since 2016, Vale Languages has also provided a consultancy service to Y Pant Comprehensive offering Spanish and French intensive courses to all 9 of their feeder schools.
Using Light Bulb Languages material which has been developed along the QCA guidelines, children were given an introduction to both languages over a nine week period. Pupils also spent alternate weeks with the school's visiting language assistant, offering an opportunity to further oral skills and confidence.
Y Pant also purchased access to Languagenut allowing pupils the chance to consolidate work done in the sessions and enjoy MFL through this successful digital language resource.
Global Futures is the exciting 5 year plan for the development of MFL in Wales. The response from primary schools has been most encouraging. Click here for access to the government report and strategy for implementation.
At the end of each academic year all 9 schools are invited to Y Pant for a celebration of languages. Children attend workshops in Spanish, French, German, Italian & Mandarin and older secondary pupils act as language ambassadors introducing the youngsters to the department. Each year primary schools win awards for Language Champions and Use of IT in MFL.
Since 2008 I have taught French to Year 6 at Pendoylan Church in Wales Primary School. Children are taught for 45 minutes per week and given a sound introduction to the language before starting at secondary school.