To offer a broad, vibrant and ambitious foreign languages curriculum that will inspire and excite our pupils. To spark interest in and positive curiosity about foreign languages, offering the opportunity to explore relationships with language and identity, develop a deeper understanding of other culture and the world around them, with a better awareness of self, others and cultural differences. The intention is that they will become life- long language learners.
“A new initiative, involving a school in northern Spain, is enabling pupils to practise their Spanish, while also learning about another community in Europe.” Ofsted 2018
Modern Foreign Language learning enables children to widen their horizons and be able to travel confidently now and in later life. It also helps children to understand the diversity of cultures around the world. We aim to develop children’s experience of language acquisition and encourage curiosity about languages. To develop their understanding of what they hear and read, and have an ability to express themselves in speech and writing, extend their knowledge of how language works and explore differences between Spanish and English. Pupils will strengthen their sense of identity through learning about culture in Spanish countries and comparing it with their own culture.
We recognise that our children have limited experiences of cultures different to their own. Therefore as a consequence, we;
• Invest in quality Spanish resources that challenges children
• Train all teachers in Spanish to ensure lessons are authentic
• Teach Spanish culture through themed days and through our curriculum
• Use engaging learning opportunities that encourage a love of languages, through songs, raps and role play
• Provide Spanish dictionaries to encourage independent studies
• Make links between Spanish and opportunities in later life
• Encourage children to ask questions about culture and tradition, to understand their place in the world as a global citizen
• Foster debates into global issues through class debates and philosophy friday
• Self regulate their learning through metacognition
• Use a range of independent learning strategies to perfect pronunciation, vocabulary acquisition, sentence structure and conversations
Our Spanish curriculum enables our pupils to develop into confident learners who are able to work cooperatively with others. Most children come to Spanish in Year 3 with no prior knowledge of the language and so this enables children considerable opportunity to develop their resilience as they encounter new vocabulary and pronunciation. An introduction to the culture of Spain and Spanish speaking countries provides opportunities to develop an understanding of cultural difference and hence respect and kindness towards others. Learning Spanish at KS2 provides pupils with a firm foundation upon which to build as they move to KS3 as most of our feeder secondary school teach Spanish. Pupils will develop the confidence and ambition to continue their studies in Spanish, in order to open up further opportunities in the ever-changing world where a second language is hugely advantageous for work and travel.
When children leave our school, they will:
• Develop a genuine interest in Spanish culture and use it to explore other cultures different to their own
• Engage in relevant conversations in Spanish about topics that are familiar to them
• Identity and contrast similarities and differences between communities and lives
• Use their curiosity to explore the wider world and its communities
• A love of languages and link it to grammatical structures across other languages that they may know, such as Portuguese
• Appreciate the foundations that language learning forms for later life, such as secondary school, careers, leisure activities and as global citizens
• Foster a sense of belonging to the global community and how language learning contributes with that goal
• Engage with global issues beyond language learning
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