Subject Leader: Mrs Hoyle
“Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.” Flora Lewis
The strands of the Spanish National Curriculum
- understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
- speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
- can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
- discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.
Our Vision for Spanish…
At Eaves, we believe that learning a modern foreign language provides the opportunity to develop the whole child. Children develop their curiosity by learning about life in another country and learning to speak, read and write in another language. We want our children to enjoy learning Spanish and use their natural inquisitiveness to confidently embrace the language.
Why is Spanish important?
By developing their knowledge of languages our pupils will have an increased understanding of other cultures and the importance of linguistic diversity.
Through increasing their capabilities in the uses of language our pupils will be more confident, independent learners and more well rounded global citizens.
What Spanish looks like…
Spanish is taught weekly throughout KS2 through an interactive programme that builds the key skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The children learn new vocabulary and phrases by listening, repeating and practising. They are given opportunities to practice and apply their language skills in different contexts, through songs, stories, games, conversations and even mindfulness meditation.
The children study a variety of progressive topics such as greetings, numbers and colours to sports, hobbies and everyday culture.
We incorporate our language skills across school by greeting each other in Spanish and using Spanish for basic classroom instructions such as the register.
Our pupils are encouraged to embrace their role as ’language detectives’ and foster a ’Can Do’ attitude to language learning.
We celebrate European Languages Day annually on the 26th September. We hold a Spanish Day during the Summer Term, when we celebrate Spanish culture as a whole school. We have close links with The Sutton Academy and their MFL Ambassadors who support our pupils and act as role models on visits between our schools.