Mrs Cork, our specialist in MFL (Modern Foreign Languages), teaches all classes in key stage 1 and 2 once a week. Mrs Cork was brought up bilingual (English and French) and learnt Spanish and Dutch whilst at school in The Netherlands. She is also able to have simple conversations in Albanian. She is an avid traveller, fascinated by and passionate about the world’s rich and diverse cultures and languages. She harnesses these interests, along with her knowledge of the children at St John’s Meads, to celebrate the diversity within our community. Her lessons focus on Spanish culture and language, but are also used to invite family members into school to teach us and help raise awareness of the many other languages and cultures represented by the children within our classes.

In key stage 1, pupils focus on speaking and listening through music, songs and games. In key stage 2, pupils continue to develop their speaking and listening skills and gradually develop skills in reading and writing in Spanish. All pupils at St John’s Meads are encouraged to be good ‘language detectives’ who are unafraid to have a go at speaking a foreign language and to use their knowledge of English and other languages to help them learn new words. Each year, children learn about the culture and traditions of Spain and Spanish speaking countries, culminating in a day dedicated to the whole school exploration of Spanish and Hispanic cultures.

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