We teach children how to communicate in Spanish by providing them with a range of vocabulary and grammatical structures that they need to express themselves in both written and spoken Spanish. We also aim to prepare children for the Key Stage 3 language curriculum to enable them to transfer to secondary school confidently and successfully.
We teach Spanish from Reception to Year 6. The school has developed its own scheme of work to embed the teaching and learning of Spanish. This provides clear progression for the development of the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing in the different year groups. In Reception and Key Stage 1, the children learn relevant vocabulary through songs and games and acquire basic grammatical structures. In Key Stage 2, the children expand their range of vocabulary and focus on reading and writing.
Some of the strategies used to teach a new language include:
Games – through repetition, children develop their listening skills, as well and their speaking, reading and writing
Role play – children are able to act out every day situations
Action songs and rhymes – these help to develop phonetic skills, memory skills and increase vocabulary
Writing activities – to develop word recognition and grammatical structures
Technology – websites and videos are used to embed vocabulary and grammar
We aim for children to be able to use simple structures to communicate in Spanish, with a focus on speaking, listening, reading and writing. Pupil’s become aware that different languages have different structures and their learning is enriched through an understanding of Spanish and Latin American cultures.