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Implementation of 'A 1+2 approach to modern languages'
Start date: Jun 1, 2016, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

2 members of the St Francis Xavier's Primary School senior management team, along with 3 members of teaching staff and our nursery's senior early years officer will attend training in language and methodology to embed Spanish into our establishment. These members of staff will disseminate their learning to their 34 colleagues (teaching and support staff) over the course of the next academic session. This will have an immediate impact on the 507 learners within our establishment. Resources and teaching metholdolgies will be shared a regional level at cluster events and also through the use of ICT (Falkirk Council's MFL GLOW page). In line with the Scottish government's policy 'Language Learning in Scotland: A 1+2 Approach', our Establishment teaches French throughout the school, from Primary 1 onwards. We hope to meet the Scottish government's target of children learning a second modern language from Primary 5 onward before the government's proposed deadline of 2020. To better support the links between ourselves and our feeder high school, St Mungo's, we plan to deliver Spanish from nursery level, and introduce French to P5 pupils. This will continue to be a part of our School Improvement Plan This will not be a 'once-a-week' approach. the language will be embedded throughout the school and its daily routines. We have a proven track record of accomplishing this with French. Staff and pupils will develop together as global citizens as they communicate, through the use of ICT, with Spanish schools and contacts met at the course and through the eTwinnings resource. Results will be measured in an ongoing basis through professional dialogue at tracking and planning meetings, classroom observations, and the views and opinions of all stakeholders (pupils, parents, staff, the wider community). Results will be shared with our stakeholders through Parent Council meetings, school evaluations and social media. The aim of this project is to have a lasting legacy. A school in which the Spanish language is embedded, so that it will survive and flourish irrespective of staff changes, changes of management and new intakes of children (whilst taking account and adapting to suit the circumstances of our local community and the needs of the children). We hope that all children who come through St Francis Xavier's Primary School will leave as true global citizens with skills and knowledge to allow them be the best they can be on a global scale.

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