The National Curriculum states that learning a foreign languages is now compulsory at KS2 and it should “lay the foundations” for foreign language learning at KS3. In order to meet these requirements, Vicarage Primary School has a specialist language teacher, Miss Jensen.
At Vicarage, Spanish is taught as a modern foreign language throughout Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Our aim is to ensure that children develop a good basic understanding and a love of Spanish and of learning languages. Therefore, in order for the children to build up their skills and to make good progress across the two Key stages, pupils at Vicarage learn Spanish from Year 1. They greatly benefit from starting to learn a new foreign language at an early age.
Spanish lessons in year 1 and 2 are based on developing communication skills and are taught through fun and engaging songs, videos, games, and interactive activities.
It is our aim that KS2 pupils will be taught to:
- Listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
- Engage in conversations, ask and answer questions, express opinions and respond to those of others, and seek clarification and help
- Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
- 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, expressing their ideas clearly
- Describe people, places, things and actions in speech and in writing
Learning a foreign language provides an opening to other cultures, deepens their curiosity and develops their understanding of the world. All children regardless of their background and ability are encouraged to reach their full potential in Spanish. All children at Vicarage enjoy Spanish because we create a safe, relaxed and respectful environment that encourages active participation and team spirit. Our stimulating curriculum aims to provide the children with a real love and appreciation of languages. The children become life-long lovers of language learning, as they can enjoy playing with language, whilst also maintaining high educational expectations.
Help at home
In order to support and extend your child’s language learning, it would be of huge benefit if you could discuss their learning and the topics covered and encourage them to show-off their new language skills. There are many fantastic, interactive websites that have been designed especially for children, which not only meet the curriculum expectations, but are also really great fun! Please encourage your child to practise skills learnt and to extend themselves.
Useful Spanish websites
We had such a great term in Spanish club!
We started by thinking about our place in the world and made visual representations to show how we fit into the universe in Spanish. We thought about where in the world Spanish is spoken and thought of some Spanish questions to ask someone about life in South America. Then a special visitor from Ecuador came. We asked him our questions and discussed the differences and similarities between life in Ecuador, life in the UK and other countries we knew.
We looked at lots of Spanish books, some fiction and some non-fiction and had a go at reading them. Some were easier that others! We also played lots of games: board games, team games and online games. We had lots of fun learning how to use lots of different websites to practise our Spanish skills. We also listened to Spanish music, including a rap to practise our greetings language.
The children in our club are from year 3 to year 5 and they are all extremely supportive and appreciative of everyone’s varying understanding and skills in Spanish. As a result, everyone was very proud to show off their knowledge in conversations, both with their peers and with children from other year groups.
Year 3 – greetings
Year 4 – asking questions
Year 5 and a year 4 – te gusta
Towards the end of term, we started researching what Spanish people do when they have parties (fiestas). We used the laptops to find out about traditional food, costumes, music, dances and games and then we planned our own end-of-term fiesta. Everyone made or brought traditional Spanish dishes. We had; paella, jamon, aceitunas, queso, patatas bravas, tortillas and salsa and even churros con chocolate.
The food was so good that lots of teachers came by to try it! After our feast and music, we went outside to have a go at smashing the piñata that was full of sweets! IT WAS GREAT FUN!
More able work
In Spanish, the children get really stuck in and some really strive to extend themselves.
Habib from 3C decided to show that he was able to have a simple conversation using Spanish questions and that he could answer in a variety of ways.
Gael in 4B showed that she is able to use the verb ‘tener’ (to have) in questions and sentences and then she extended herself to apply her knowledge in different ways.
Daniella from 4IB was able to show that she can both ask and answer a range of questions in Spanish now.
Dasani in 5C wrote about different sporting activities that she likes and dislikes and extended herself when writing about the various emotions people feel, using the appropriate gender agreements.