Spanish at St Peter’s
At St Peter's we believe in the importance of introducing a foreign language into the primary school curriculum. Language education enriches children’s educational experience and provides an excellent opportunity to develop their intercultural understanding while promoting values based on respect, tolerance and equality.
Each week, the children from year 3 to year 6 have a lesson with our specialist Spanish teacher, Mrs Jordan.
A high-quality languages education should foster children’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. St Peter’s uses the Language Angels scheme of work and resources to ensure we offer a relevant, broad, vibrant and ambitious Spanish language curriculum that will inspire and excite our pupils. At St Peter’s, we aim for all children to be able to:
- develop a genuine interest and positive curiosity about foreign languages, finding them enjoyable and stimulating.
- 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
- 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, continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
- write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt.
- feel willing and able to continue studying languages beyond key stage 2, becoming life-long language learners
The four key language learning skills; listening, speaking, reading and writing are taught and all necessary grammar is 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. Each year group has 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 lessons.
- Each unit and lesson has clearly defined objectives and aims.
- Lessons will incorporate challenge sections and scaffold prompts are used when required for specific pupils
- Reading and writing activities are completed in all units.
- Every unit includes a grammar concept which increases 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.
Units are progressive within themselves as subsequent lessons within a unit build on the language and knowledge taught in previous lessons. As pupils progress though the lessons in a unit they will build their knowledge and develop the complexity of the language they use.
We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- Assessing children’s understanding of a topic, including key vocabulary, after the unit is taught
- Questioning children during lesson time and having plenty of opportunities for speaking, listening, reading and writing activities
- Marking of written work in books
Interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice)
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