At Holy Family, Spanish is taught in order to encourage a love of learning languages. Our aim is for children to develop the skills and knowledge they will need to become confident linguists who appreciate the value of communication in a multilingual society. We ensure that children are supported in developing skills across listening, speaking, reading, writing and grammar. This broad approach will enable children to apply their Spanish learning in a variety of contexts and lay the foundations for future language learning.
Children are taught Spanish for half an hour a week from years 1-6, following a progressive, skills based approach. Learning is organised into topics that allows children to build upon their prior learning. Children within the EYFS are introduced to Spanish in an informal way through singing and games.
Most content is delivered through our 'Language Angels' scheme. However, teachers use their skills to adapt and organise lessons to meet the needs of the children in their class.
All children in Key Stage 2 have Spanish exercise books to record the work and show the progress of their skills of writing in Spanish as well as recording the tasks that they have been set. Almost all work is completed orally initially, chanting words and phrases along with learning songs to help with understanding and to improve pronunciation.
In Key Stage 1, each class has a ‘floor book’ which is completed by the teachers, sharing photographs and evidence of all Spanish learning that has taken place.
All children are encouraged to practice speaking Spanish as part of their daily routine, e.g. when answering the register, naming objects in the classrooms, counting different items or simply greeting each other at the start of the day.
To complement the above lessons each year the whole school holds a ‘Culture Week’ which could include any country of the world!
The week enables children who are from differing cultures to have the opportunity to bring in food, clothes or artefacts to share and celebrate their heritage with the class. Everybody gets the chance to speak about their own culture and to also learn about other cultures from around the world. Some of their parents are also kind enough to come in with their children to share information about their culture, from an adult’s point of view. Often they will read and share their unique knowledge and understanding of their country’s history and traditions. Perhaps showing how they are the same or how they are different. Some parents have also read to the children in their native language.
This is a very informative week, enjoyed by all.
The children are also encouraged to learn simple phrases from the languages of the children that are in their classes, such as answering the register, counting to 10 and greeting each other. In doing this, children have value for each other’s home languages and cultures.