Modern Foreign Languages
In Spanish we teach children in Key Stage 2 to communicate through meaningful contexts that are relevant to them, such as school, sports and activities, food and animals. Children are taught to express opinions and justify this with explanations. We provide a Modern Foreign Language curriculum that enables children to learn Spanish in a creative way while promoting enjoyment and love of languages. We seek to develop their understanding not only of the Spanish language, but also the country itself. We believe that children should learn to listen, speak, read and write in Spanish in Key Stage Two through exciting and engaging lessons.
At St Wilfrid's, Spanish is taught from Year 3-6 through weekly discrete lessons. We follow the Primary Languages scheme and the topics begin with basic greetings and progress to extended writing and speaking. In Key Stage 2, the lessons are taught by two specialist class teachers: Miss Cornall in LKS2 and Mr Goodwin in UKS2. Much of the same grammar and vocabulary is covered as children move from Lower Key Stage 2 to Upper Key Stage 2 as repetition is key to learning a foreign language. However as children move into Year 5 and 6, they will expand on what they have learnt previously. For example, children in Upper Key Stage 2 will learn more verbs to go with food and how these conjugate whereas in Lower Key Stage 2, lessons on food will focus mostly on the vocabulary. Likewise when learning the names of sports and activities in Spanish, younger children will focus on the vocabulary but older children in Year 5 and 6 will study the verbs that go with these activities (eg. practico – I practise and juego – I play).
The impact of this Spanish curriculum is that children will begin their lives as foreign language speakers with confidence, which will lay the foundations for further foreign language teaching at Key Stage 3. Pupils will have experience of communicating ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing, focusing on familiar and routine matters, using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary. The children’s learning journey is evidenced in a class book and the children's Spanish is assessed each term using a multiple choice quiz