Spanish

Spanish Curriculum Statement

In St Oswald's we want to provide many opportunities for our children to widen their experiences. Children from Year 3 to Year 6 all partake in a Spanish session each week. We have a Spanish teacher  called Mrs Lees who works with Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 on a Thursday afternoon. Year 3 are taught in two smaller sesssion on a Monday and Thursday morning. She follows a comprehensive scheme of work called Language Angels which provides opportunities for both oral and written outcomes. It also provides children with the opportunities to hear native Spanish speakers and model their pronunciation. 

 

Curriculum Intent

We aim to use the Language Angels scheme of work and resources to ensure we offer a relevant, broad, vibrant and ambitious foreign languages 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.

The intent is that all content will be continuously updated and reviewed annually, creating a dynamic programme of study that will be clearly outlined in both long-term and short-term planning. This will ensure that the foreign language knowledge of our pupils progresses within each academic year and is extended year upon year throughout the primary phase and, in so doing, will always be relevant and in line with meeting or exceeding national DfE requirements. 

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 and also helping the children improve overall attainment in other subject areas.

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.

Spanish is taught weekly in years 3 – 6. All classes have access to a very high-quality foreign languages curriculum using the Language Angels scheme of work and resources. This will progressively develop pupil skills in foreign languages through regularly taught and well-planned weekly lessons in Key Stage 2 which will be taught by both class teachers and a language specialist teacher.

Children 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.

The planning of different levels of challenge (as demonstrated in the various Language Angels Teaching Type categories) and which units to teach at each stage of the academic year will be addressed dynamically and will be reviewed in detail annually as units are updated and added to the scheme. Lessons offering appropriate levels of challenge and stretch will be taught at all times to ensure pupils learn effectively, continuously building their knowledge of and enthusiasm for the language(s) they are learning.

Early Language units are entry level units and are most appropriate for KS1 and Year 3 pupils or pupils with little or no previous foreign language learning. Intermediate units increase the level of challenge by increasing the amount and complexity (including foreign language grammar concepts) of the foreign language presented to pupils. Intermediate units are suitable for Year 4-5 pupils or pupils with embedded basic knowledge of the foreign language. Progressive and Creative Curriculum units are the most challenging units and are suitable for Year 6 pupils or pupils with a good understanding of the basics of the language they are learning. Grouping units into these Teaching Type categories ensures that the language taught is appropriate to the level of the class and introduced when the children are ready. Children will be taught how to listen and read longer pieces of text gradually in the foreign language and they will have ample opportunities to speak, listen to, read and write the language being taught with and without scaffolds, frames and varying levels of support.

Units, where possible and appropriate, will be linked to class topics and cross curricular themes. Children will build on previous knowledge gradually as their foreign language lessons continue to recycle, revise and consolidate previously learnt language whilst building on all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Knowledge and awareness of required and appropriate grammar concepts will be taught throughout all units at all levels of challenge. Teachers are provided with a Progression Map and Grammar Grid (downloadable from the “Curriculum Guidance” area of the Language Angels website) to ensure all children are progressing their foreign language learning skills and are taught the appropriate grammar at the right time in their foreign language learning journey. Grammar rules and patterns will be taught by level of challenge:

  • We start with nouns and articles and 1st person singular of high frequency verbs in Early Learning units.
  • We move on to the use of the possessive, the concept of adjectives, use of the negative form, conjunctions/connectives and introduce the concept of whole regular verb conjugation in Intermediate units.
  • We end with opinions and introduce the concept of whole high frequency irregular verb conjugation in Progressive units.

Grammar is integrated and taught discreetly throughout all appropriate units. Teachers can also use the specific Grammar Explained units to ensure pupils are exposed to all of the appropriate grammar so they are able to create their own accurate and personalised responses to complex authentic foreign language questions by the end of the primary phase.

Planning and Assessment

Each class in each year group will have an overview of units to be taught during the academic year to ensure substantial progress and learning is achieved. Each teaching unit is divided into 6 fully planned lessons.

  • Each unit and lesson will have clearly defined objectives and aims.
  • Each lesson will incorporate interactive whiteboard materials to include ample speaking and listening tasks within a lesson.
  • Lessons will incorporate challenge sections and desk-based activities that will be offered will three levels of stretch and differentiation. These may be sent home as homework if not completed in class.
  • Reading and writing activities will be offered in all units. Some extended reading and writing activities are provided so that native speakers can also be catered for.
  • Every unit will include a grammar concept which will increase in complexity as pupils move from Early Language units, through Intermediate units and into Progressive units.
  • Extending writing activities are provided to ensure that pupils are recalling previously learnt language and, by reusing it, will be able to recall it and use it with greater ease and accuracy. These tasks will help to link units together and show that pupils are retaining and recalling the language taught with increased fluency and ease.

Pupil learning and progression will be assessed at the end of each unit.

Impact

Children are expected to make good or better than good progress in their foreign language learning and their individual progress is tracked and reported to pupils and parents / carers in line with school recommendations.

The bible teaches us that: there are a great many languages within the world and no kind is without meaning. Corinthians 14:10

If pupils are not progressing in line with expectations, this will be identified in the End of Unit Skills Assessments provided in the Language Angels Tracking & Progression Tool. This will enable teachers to put in place an early intervention programme to address any areas that require attention in any of the language learning skills.

 

European Languages Day 2020

For European Langauges Day 2020, each class explored a differnet country in Europe. 

 

This is what we all did:

Nursery/ Reception: Learnt how to say hello in Spanish, talked about Spain and if anyone has been there, they also experienced some foods which came from Spain 

Year 1: Learnt the numbers 1- 10 in Gaelic. They also looked at where Europe is on the World map and some different langugaes whcih are spoken in Europe. 

Year 2: Researched the four countries within the United Kingdom and their capital cities. We practised saying hello and goodbye in English, Welsh and Celtic. One of the children also explained that her family is from Romania and taught us how to say some phrases in Romanian!

Year 3: Learnt about Spain. They found out lots of interesting facts about the landmarks, famous people and 

Year 4: Researched Italy. 

Year 5: researched Italy, focusing on: famous people, landmarks, food, football, opera and art.

Year 6:Learnt about Germany. 

Some of the work from each year group was then displayed in the corridor for everyone to see. 

Spanish Spelling Bee

In July 2019,  4 children from Year 5 were lucky enough to take part in the annual Spanish Spelling Bee at Litherland High School. The children had to learn how to spell 20 words in Spanish, some examples were colours, numbers and basic greetings. They children were very professional in thier approach and made sure that they practised every day. Luckily their hard work paid off and they came away with 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th place. Well done children we are all extremely proud of you. 

We are looking forward to being able to take part in the Spanish Spelling Bee this year. Hopefully we will be able to retain the crown of being the best primary Spanish Spellers!

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