❝If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.❞
Why do we choose to learn Spanish as our Modern Foreign Language subject?
Spanish is the official language in the following countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
There are 425,000,000 Spanish speakers in the world. It is the fourth most widely spoken language.
At Alwoodley Primary School, it is our intent that Spanish is an inspiring, exciting, meaningful and memorable subject. Using spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources, children will achieve their full potential in their foreign language learning. This will include: developing an appreciation of language, speaking with increasing confidence and fluency, and being able to write for different purposes. Utimately, our pupils will feel willing and able to continue studying and using languages beyond Key Stage 2.
Our intent is that all content will be continuously updated and reviewed annually, creating a dynamic programme of study that will be clearly outlined in both long-term and short-term planning. This will ensure that the foreign language knowledge of our pupils progresses within each academic year and is extended year upon year throughout the primary phase and, in so doing, will always be relevant and in line with meeting or exceeding national DfE requirements.
We intend that all pupils will develop a genuine interest and positive curiosity about foreign languages, finding them enjoyable and stimulating. Learning Spanish will also offer pupils the opportunity to explore relationships between language and identity, develop a deeper understanding of other cultures and the world around them with a better awareness of self, others and cultural differences. The intention is that they will be working towards becoming life-long language learners.
In Key Stage 2, children will be explicitely taught Spanish for at least 30 mins per week through the Language Angels scheme of work and resources. Each lesson will begin with three core questions: one to review learning from the last lesson and two from previous units. This will enable children to remember previous learning and their core vocabulary will be retained. Each lesson will involve a mixture of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills and work is recorded in Spanish books most weeks. Alongside the units, children will sing songs and play games which link to the lesson's objective. This will ensure that Spanish lessons are meaningful and memorable. Also, through pupil voice, children have identified that this is how they learn best. Each unit will be finished with a small project or 'end product' to make their learning more meaningful eg Year 5 write and perform a weather report that is recorded, Year 5 created a chatterbox to practise questions and vocabulary related to 'Que Fecha Es Hoy?' and then played these games with parents during a parents visit. At the end of each unit, the children complete a short informal assessment of their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Any areas of weakness are identified and fed into the three questions at the start of each lesson. In addition to formal Spanish lessons in KeyStage 2, core vocabulary will be visited outside of the lesson, through other means eg taking the register in Spanish, practisong key questions while lining up for assembly, singing a song at the end of the day, classroom commands to focus children's attention and reference to Spanish displays in class eg changing the class calendar.
In Early Years and Key Stage one, the teaching of Spanish is not statutory but children do follow a basic long term plan which provides the foundations for the Key Stage Two curriculum. This plan is delivered to the children in an informal and fun way through songs and games. In EYFS, the children learn three short songs a year and practise Spanish through calling the register. In Key Stage 1, they are
In addition to following our long term plan, we will also include some of the following in to our teaching and learning:
Foreign language celebration assemblies.
Cookery sessions of traditional foods from the country of the language being studied.
School celebrations of national feast days.
Please take a look below at all the wonderful work that the children have created. The photos and videos below showcase the children's end of unit finished product. Some of these include weather reports, short scripts and games.
Year 3 created a branching tree relating to the their unit 'Los Instrumentos'.
Year 6 have written a short script about their school subjects and how they feel about them.
Year 5 have written and performed a short weather report, predicting the weather in Spain.
Year 5 created a display in their classroom as their final piece for 'La Ropa'. Each suit case lists what they would put in - in Spanish of course.
The photos below show the children taking part in games and activities that enable them to learn, practise and rehearse their new Spanish vocabulary.
Year 5 practising vocabulary related to 'Que tiempo hace?'
Year 4 are taking part in role play to practise the vocabulary related to 'El Cafe'.
'Tienes una Mascota?' Year 5 children practising talking about their pets at home.
We use a range of strategies to assess what skills and knowledge the children have attained each term including the following:
End of unit assessments in Key Stage 2
- Book looks
- Use of Súper tres (revision of core questions at the start of the lesson)
- Pupil Voice
- Regular feedback each lesson
- A well maintained benchmarking folder
Year 5 Pupil Voice - What do you like about learning Spanish?
What helps you learn Spanish?
How do you know you're making progress?
What work are you most proud of?
What do you do if your work is too easy or too hard?