Our Spanish curriculum ensures that children are taught to develop an interest in other languages in a way that is stimulating and enjoyable. We are very fortunate to have a specialist Spanish teacher, Mrs McCormack who plans for and delivers a curriculum that progressively develops children’s skills in languages through regular taught lessons all the way through from Nursery to Year 6.
It is intended that when children leave Sandilands Primary School, they will have a natural curiosity and confidence to explore other countries, cultures and languages and an acceptance that in a multi-lingual society, it is a valuable skill to be able to communicate effectively with others in a different language.
Children progressively acquire a growing bank of vocabulary organised around topics. Topics include: numbers, colours, animals, house and home, food and drink, the classroom, clothes and hobbies. Knowledge organisers are also used to teach children key vocabulary, making links to existing topics within the classroom. This ensures that the meaning of the word and the context in which it is to be used is fully embedded. Lessons are sequenced so that prior learning is considered and opportunities for revision of language and grammatical concepts are built into lessons.
Children are encouraged and supported to develop their speaking and listening skills through conversational work, singing activities and games. As confidence grows, children record their work through pictures, captions and sentences. Where possible, language is regularly revisited throughout the day through instructions being given or answering the register in Spanish for example.
The children’s learning is further consolidated through the use of Linguascope, a language learning platform. The children are encouraged to use this to access games, quizzes and other purposeful engaging activities.
Mrs McCormack has also developed a fun, interactive after school club to develop and consolidate the learning of children in KS2.
Annually, we hold a Spanish Day to raise engagement across the community and provide children with an immersive experience within which they can practise using the Spanish Language.