The National Curriculum states that pupils should be taught to:
§ listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
§ explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
§ engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help
§ speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
§ develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases
§ present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences
§ read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
§ appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
§ broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary
§ write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly
§ describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing
At Holy Family, Spanish is taught from Year 1 to Year 6. We follow a scheme of work which is in line with the National Curriculum, as stated above. It covers many aspects of studying the language of Spain, together with learning about the culture and traditions of the Spanish people.
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. Unlike KS2 all of their learning is through repetition of phrases and songs, therefore, everything linked to the Spanish language and culture is learnt orally.
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.