Spanish at Our Lady Star of the Sea
Spanish is taught from Year 3 onwards. We follow the guidance in the National Curriculum programme of study for Languages but use the Primary Languages Network scheme of work. Each class in Key Stage 2 has one thirty minute Spanish lesson per week and children are encouraged to use Spanish in other ‘5 minute parcels’ throughout the week (doing the register, making their lunch choices, simple instructions etc.)
We believe that language learning helps children develop creativity; that it supports oracy and literacy in English; that it helps children develop a greater understanding and appreciation of the rest of the world and in learning a foreign language, children can learn how to learn. Through Spanish lessons, we hope to engender a lifelong love of language learning.
Lessons are lively and interactive and, although during Years 3 and 4 the focus is on developing speaking and listening skills, children develop language learning strategies, their knowledge about language and their intercultural understanding as well as reading and writing skills.
Spanish lessons involve lots of games and songs and children are encouraged to speak to one another in Spanish during lessons. More emphasis is put on being able to hold a conversation than on knowing lots of vocabulary; children are given access to, and taught how to use, Spanish-English dictionaries to this end. Spanish is taught through stories and rhymes and children are encouraged to practise with one another.
Whole school celebration days such as the European Day of Languages give children the opportunity to learn other languages or find out about other cultures.
There is a wide range of topics taught during Spanish lessons:
A New Start (greetings, numbers and colours)
The Calendar and Celebrations (days of the week, months of the year, classroom instructions)
Animals I like and don’t like (animals, likes/dislikes, animal sounds)
Carnival, Colours and Playground Games (games, colours and songs)
Breakfast, Fruits and a Hungry Giant (foods, breakfast, fruits)
Going On A Picnic (geography of Spain, food, numbers)
My School, Your School (Signage around school; similarities/differences)
My Local Area, Your Local Area (shops, directions, transactional vocabulary)
A Family Tree (family members, descriptions)
Celebrating Carnival – Parts of the Body (parts of the body)
Feeling Well / Unwell – Jungle Animals and Descriptions (jungle animals and descriptions/ at the doctor’s)
Summer Time (weather/ ordering an ice-cream)
My School, Your School (describing a friend, subjects)
Where I Live, Where You Live (locating major cities / landmarks; places around town)
Healthy Eating (fruit and veg; favourites)
Carnival, Colours and Clothes Descriptions (clothes, colours and sizes)
Weather and Countries (weather, transport, countries)
Going to the Beach (phrases for at the beach)
Everyday Life (Routines, time)
Where I Live, Where You Live (House and home; similarities and differences)
Playing and Enjoying Sport (Sports; likes / dislikes)
This is Me - All The Fun Of The Fair (My Favourite Things)
Café Culture (Ordering in a café / opinions)
All children have home access to the excellent Espresso@Home, which is a great resources for language learning. Details of how to access this website are available in school (We’re not allowed to publish them on our school website!).