Children will learn a wide variety of Spanish vocabulary to be used in different contexts, as well as gain a basic understanding of Spanish grammar in areas such as verb endings and adjectival agreement. They will not only focus on speaking skills, but also develop reading, listening and writing skills. Furthermore, we aim to broaden horizons and raise aspirations through our Spanish curriculum, inspiring a love of learning foreign languages and a desire to travel and experience new cultures. The Spanish scheme of work has been designed to build on learning as the children move through KS2. Our aim is to make learning a foreign language enjoyable and as inclusive as possible for all learners.
KS2 children at Findern will receive one term of Spanish lessons each year. These will happen every week and last for an hour each. Mr Helliwell, who studied Spanish at university and trained as a secondary school Spanish teacher, will deliver these Spanish lessons to all KS2 year groups. Lessons will develop from simple question and answer in Year 3 to full sentence and paragraph construction by Year 6, with children learning to give opinions, talk about themselves and others and to say what they would like for the future. Five topic areas will be covered each year, with each including a new set of key vocabulary as well as constantly revisiting and building upon existing knowledge of grammar and pronunciation etc.
Reading, speaking, listening and writing activities will all be recorded in Spanish books meaning that children have resources in their books to refer back to in the future. It is important to us that children not only learn Spanish during their time at Findern, but that they also learn skills and techniques that are applicable for the future learning of any language. Children will also build their understanding of their place within the world and develop confidence in communication, particularly with those who speak a different language. We will measure this through formative assessment, feedback from children in lessons, peer review and summative assessments by sharing book work, displays and lesson overviews or observations. We will also use questioning with the children to gain an understanding of what they have learnt and how past learning enabled them to tackle each topic.