Languages: Spanish (Español)
The National Curriculum:
Purpose of study
Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.
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.
At St Michael's First School we have taken the bold step to include Spanish on our curriculum.
We include it in our curriculum as we know that it is an important skill for the children to have. Learning a new language opens many doors. It provides an insight into the wider world and enables us to appreciate the lives of others around the world. Did you know that Spanish is the third most spoken language in the world after Mandarin Chinese and English? Not only does learning Spanish help the children understand their own language better, but it also provides the children with the ability to learn any language which is very important for the future.
The teaching of Spanish is carried out formally in Key Stage 2 with a lesson of 1 hour per week, but it permeates the learning in our school in a much wider sense. Children encounter Spanish on special event days including Spanish Day which happens each summer, and Spanish Artist Day - both of which are whole school events and provide a chance for all children to engage with Spanish and the Spanish-speaking world.
We are proud to have a well-established linked with Colegio Torrente Ballester in Parla, Madrid which we have maintained since 2008. This partnership has enabled children in both countries flourish as they learn about the lives of others in a different part of the world and make learning the language real. (School website)
Much of the learning in Spanish is through the use of story. Children learn through their own discovery and through a 'Thinking Skills' approach. The skills children use are cross curricular.