Modern Foreign Language – Spanish
"To learn a foreign language is an act of friendship"
John Le Carré
At St Martin’s we believe that learning a modern foreign language is a vital part of children’s learning, helping to develop their confidence and raise cultural understanding, whilst deepening their curiosity about the world around them. Our aim is to develop the confidence, competence and sense of identity of each child in the foreign language they are learning. We want our children to be passionate, curious and confident about their own abilities in Spanish and we want to provide solid foundations in speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar to properly prepare them for the next stage of their language learning journey.
Spanish in primary schools is taught in key stage 2 (years 3-6). We use Language Angels scheme as a strong foundation for Spanish at St Martin’s. Lessons are well resourced and show a clear progression across the four years. Topics increase in their level of challenge as children move from Early Learning topics through Intermediate topics and into the most challenging Progressive topics. Early Learning topics start at basic noun and article level and teach children how to formulate short phrases. By the time children reach progressive topics they will be exposed to much longer texts and will be encouraged to formulate their own, more personalised responses, based on a much wider bank of vocabulary, linguistic structures and grammatical knowledge. They will be able to create longer pieces of spoken and written language and are encouraged to use a variety of conjunctions, adverbs, adjectives, opinions and justifications. Children continuously build on their previous knowledge as they progress in their foreign language-learning journey, as previous language is recycled, revised, recalled and consolidated, where appropriate.
Each lesson offers a range of activities, which cover the four key skills in language learning: reading, writing, speaking and listening, whilst using grammar points relevant to Spanish and the age of the children.
Children are aware of their own learning goals and progression as each unit offers a pupil friendly self-assessment tool, so that all children can review their own learning at the end of each unit.
Throughout the Spanish curriculum at St Martin’s we hope to develop a love of languages. Our children will not fear making mistakes, but will love the challenge of developing a ‘have a go’ attitude.
Spanish Year Group Resources
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