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Spanish

Intent, Implementation and Impact

Our Vision

Our school is one family, united in love and deeply rooted in our Christian values, where together on life’s journey we flourish, striving for excellence in all that we do. Inspired by the transformation of St Paul, and enlightened by the glory of God, we will shine like stars to make the world a better place.

Our Curriculum Drivers

Our three curriculum drivers, Growth, Spirituality and Possibility shape our curriculum breadth. They are used to ensure we give our children appropriate and ambitious curriculum opportunities.

Intent

Intent 

The 2014 National Curriculum for Modern Foreign Languages aims to ensure that all children:

  • Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources.
  • Are able to speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and that they are 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.

St Paul’s CE Primary School intends to use a scheme that offers a relevant, broad, vibrant and ambitious Spanish curriculum. This curriculum that will inspire and excite our pupils using a wide variety of topics and themes. All pupils will be expected to achieve their full potential by encouraging high expectations and excellent standards in their foreign language learning - the ultimate aim being that pupils will feel willing and able to continue studying languages beyond key stage 2.

We are committed to ensuring that teaching enables pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. We recognise that competence in another language enables children to interpret, create and exchange meaning within and across cultures.

The four key language learning skills; listening, speaking, reading and writing will be taught and all necessary grammar will be covered in an age-appropriate way across the primary phase. This will enable pupils to use and apply their learning in a variety of contexts, laying down solid foundations for future language learning.

The intent is that all pupils will develop a genuine interest and positive curiosity about foreign languages, finding them enjoyable and stimulating. Learning a second language will also offer pupils the opportunity to explore relationships between language and identity, develop a deeper understanding of other cultures and the world around them with a better awareness of self, others and cultural differences. The intention is that they will be working towards becoming life-long language learners

Implementation

Implementation

Children are introduced to Spanish in Year 3.  They will progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary, language skills and grammatical knowledge organised around age-appropriate topics and themes - building blocks of language into more complex, fluent and authentic language.

Lessons offering appropriate levels of challenge and stretch will be taught to ensure pupils learn effectively, continuously building their knowledge of and enthusiasm for the language.

Lessons across the Key Stages support the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Children will build on previous knowledge gradually as Spanish lessons continue to recycle, revise and consolidate previously learnt language whilst building on all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

To achieved that, in speaking, children have been engaged in conversations; they have asked and answered questions using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures. They have also practised their oral and listening skills through songs and storytelling. In reading, they have shown understanding of words and phrases previously learnt in class and they have developed further their ability to understand new words through using dictionaries and vocabulary booklets. In writing, children have shown the understanding of the language learnt in class by writing vocabulary and grammatical structures in simple phrases. All the activities carried out in class have been taught in real contexts where children have used the language in a meaningful and fun way.  We have used their Spanish books to record all the topics covered in class.

  • Children show understanding of words and phrases previously learnt in class and they develop further their ability to understand new words through using dictionaries and vocabulary booklets.
  • Children present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences.
  • Children develop an appreciation of a variety of stories, songs and rhymes in Spanish that are delivered through the curriculum content.
  • Hispanic Day enables the whole school to be immersed in the inclusion of the culture and use the language meaningfully in context.
  • Children develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases.
  • Children engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others.

Impact

Impact

Pupils will continuously build on their previous knowledge as they progress in their foreign language learning journey through the primary phase. Previous language will be recycled, revised, recalled and consolidated whenever possible and appropriate.

  • Pupils develop a love of language learning and are beginning to understand that there are different cultures around the world.
  • All pupils are able to succeed in Spanish lessons.
  • Pupils have a bank of Spanish knowledge and vocabulary.
  • Pupils have developed a strong understanding of the four skills of language learning.
  • Pupils are able to speak confidently and maintain a conversation in Spanish in front of an audience or their peers.
  • Pupils can recognise and understand some of the grammar rules of Spanish and can apply these in their written and spoken work.

 

St. Paul's C of E Primary School, Ringwood Way, London N21 2RA

020 8360 3137