Intent, Implementation and Impact
Our vision for Spanish is that all children are involved through enjoying, speaking, listening, reading and writing.
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. Ultimately, our pupils will feel willing and able to continue studying and using languages beyond Key Stage 2.
Our intent is that the golden threads of Alwoodley are woven through the Spanish curriculum and that over time these will provide our linguists with the experiences and skills that will enable them to deploy their Spanish language knowledge in the next stages of their education. Golden thread one – cognitive education will be promoted so that children develop problem solving skills, memory and can make connections in their learning of Spanish. Golden thread two – a love of reading will be evident as pupils gain fluency and enjoy reading in a foreign language. Finally, by listening and speaking in Spanish, it is our intent that our linguists flourish and display a confidence that is reflective of our Golden thread three – PSHE.
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.
Our intent is also to celebrate and be proud of all the other languages spoken by our children and their families at home.
At Alwoodley Primary School, we place great emphasis on how speaking different languages has a positive impact for our children when making choices about education and employment opportunities and thinking about their future careers.
We follow the National Curriculum for Modern Foreign Languages and in doing so our curriculum ensures opportunities for students to listen, speak, read and write in Spanish. In Key Stage 2, children will be explicitly taught Spanish for at least 30 mins per week through the Language Angels scheme of work. Each lesson will involve a mixture of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills and work is recorded in Spanish books most weeks. These key skills will also be assessed in end of unit assessments which will test children's retention of the information they have learned throughout the Language Angels units, enabling us to track the progress of individual children and identify any gaps in learning that need to be filled. 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. In addition to formal Spanish lessons in Key Stage 2, core vocabulary will be visited outside of the lesson, through other means eg taking the register in Spanish, practising 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 e.g. changing the class calendar.
We use a range of strategies to assess what skills and knowledge the children have attained each term including the following:
- Language Angels end of unit assessments in Key Stage 2
- Book looks
- Use of Súper seis (revision of core questions at the end of the lesson)
- Pupil Voice
- Regular feedback each lesson
- A well maintained benchmarking folder
If you have any questions regarding the curriculum we teach please contact the school directly.