"To speak a language is to take on a world, a culture."
Children at St. Mary's Primary learn Spanish! This is done through embedding speaking the Spanish language into our daily routines; you will find children greeting each other, answering the register and responding to simple questions. Lessons are designed to help our children learn in a fun and inspiring way and teach skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing in Spanish, so the children can use this when visiting other countries and demonstrate cultural respect.
Once a year we hold a Spanish Day. Expect to be emerged the Spanish language, try new exciting Spanish food and even learn to dance flamenco. With lots going on, it's going to be muy bien!
The government states that the national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:
- 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
- Teaching may be of any modern or ancient foreign language and should focus on enabling pupils to make substantial progress in one language. The teaching should provide an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and should lay the foundations for further foreign language teaching at key stage 3. It should enable pupils to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing, focused on familiar and routine matters, using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary.
Pupils in KS1 are taught short whole class and group lessons based on introducing basic language skills through songs, games, poems and stories. This is aimed at providing them with a foundation for learning languages at KS2 as well as fostering an enjoyment of language learning and knowledge of other cultures and traditions.
Pupils in KS2 are 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
- understand basic Spanish grammar for example: feminine, masculine and plural forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English
There is lots of opportunity for the children to continue their learning of a language whilst at home.
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