Pupil Voice

 
Modern Foreign Languages Subject Council
 
Our Modern Foreign Languages Subject Council, established in the 2020 /  2021 academic year, meets every half term to talk about Spanish teaching and learning at Blakehill Primary School and what we can do to make it even better. Each class in Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6) chooses a Modern Foreign Languages Subject Councillor who represents their class in meetings with Mr. Sidebottom. Subject leaders take children's view points and opinions very seriously - they are central to what we do. We always listen to our pupils and, where possible, adapt our approaches to suit their needs. These meetings take place regularly so that we can always gauging pupil responses. 
 

 
Here is what our Subject Councillors and pupils in Year 5 had to say when Mr. Sidebottom spoke to them about Modern Foreign Languages at Blakehill Primary School during the Spring term (2021):

Pupils could explain the importance of learning a language, including moving to a different country or going on holiday.

“It is important to learn languages if you travel the world.”

Pupils were able to discuss their language learning so far including counting from 1 to 10; identifying colours; stating feelings and emotions; and the phrase ‘My name is…’ They could explain the different tasks they have completed including crosswords, word searches and sentence builders.  
 
Some pupils explained that they found pronunciation of different Spanish words and phrases difficult. This is something we will focus on during the Spring term. 
 
Here is what our Subject Councillors and pupils in Year 6 had to say when Mr. Sidebottom spoke to them about Modern Foreign Languages at Blakehill Primary School during the Spring term (2021):
 
Pupils could explain the importance of learning a language, including moving to a different country or going on holiday.
 
Pupils explained that they sometimes found learning a new language ‘challenging’, particularly remembering things. Children commented that they found looking at images and listening to songs the easiest way to remember what they have learnt. This has become a focus of language teaching in the Spring term.
 
Pupils could explain their learning including saying and writing different verbs; pet names, including how to say 'I have a...'; and being able to say and write the date. Pupils could explain the different activities they have completed including matching, sorting and sentence level work. 
 

 
Here is what our Subject Councillors had to say when Mr. Sidebottom spoke to them about Modern Foreign Languages at Blakehill Primary School during the Autumn term (2020):
 
‘When you go to Spain you can speak to people in their own language. It's really good!’ 
Ben 3Ro
 
‘I go to Spain a lot and would like to speak to people in their language rather than English.’ 
Kayden 5L

‘One of my best friends is Spanish and I would like to write to her in her language.’ 
Amber 5R

‘When you take trips to different countries, it’s nice to speak to speak to people in their own language.’ 
Alfie 4H


‘If people come to this country and they can’t speak English, it’s good to speak to them in their own language.’ 
Harris 4P

‘I know lots of languages because my family is from all over the world.’ 
Lilly 4H 

‘Me and my grandad are learning Spanish together.’ 
Angel 3Ro 

‘Spanish Club is really fun.’ 
Ben 3Ro