At Drighlington Primary School we believe that learning a second language offers children the chance to really appreciate another country, culture and people and develops their sense of being part of a global community. We believe that the ability to communicate in another language fosters aspiration and confidence and is a life-long skill for education, future employment and leisure in this country and throughout the world. Our curriculum gives children the skills they need to be successful in future language learning, encouraging them to use the skills and knowledge that they have developed in English lessons to be a ‘language detective’. Growth mindset skills are integral to this problem-solving way of working. We believe in the power of oracy, and as such Spanish lessons have a key focus on developing speaking and listening skills and upon Castillian pronunciation. Each unit focuses on phonics, key vocabulary and upon developing the ability of learners to effectively use core verbs in order that pupils are able to express themselves fluently in another language. Opportunities to develop cultural capital are planned for with a restaurant visit and writing letters to Spanish speakers. We learn Spanish because it is the fourth most spoken language in the world, offering children a wealth of opportunities to use their language in real life; this was agreed through consultation with families.
‘You live a new life for every new language you speak. If you only know one language, you live only once’ (Czech Proverb).
‘Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning a different way to think about things’ (Flora Lewis, Journalist specialising in international affairs).
Learning a foreign language provides an opening to other cultures, fosters children´s curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world. All children regardless of their background and ability are encouraged to develop their full potential in Spanish.
Our MFL curriculum is designed to develop not only our children’s language skills, but also their love of learning a language. It progressively develops language skills across Key Stage Two. This allows the children to acquire new language then use and apply it in a range of different scenarios and topics. Children are encouraged and supported to develop their speaking and listening skills through conversational work, singing activities and games. As their confidence and skill grows, children record their work through pictures, captions and sentences.
Lessons are sequenced so that prior learning is considered and opportunities for revision of language and grammatical concepts are built into lessons. Lessons help children to build on prior knowledge alongside the introduction of new skills.
All pupils feel engaged and enjoy learning Spanish within the context of the culture of the Hispanic world. Formal lessons in Spanish start in Y3; however we offer wider Spanish cultural experiences throughout school. Every year, we celebrate European Day of Languages by having a Spanish cultural day. We have our very own Spanish Champions who support the work of learning languages and promote the subject across school.
Have a look at our twitter feeds to see our children learning Spanish flamenco dancing.
Our MFL curriculum will ensure all children develop key language learning skills set out by the national curriculum, as well as a love of languages and learning about other cultures. By the end of year six, our children understand and respond to spoken and written language. They 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. They can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt.
How you can help your child at home
Partnerships with parents and carers is an important part of Drighlington Primary School. Working closely with parents enables us to ensure parents feel confident that their child is safe, well looked and is receiving a high quality education during their school hours. The links below offer a range of resources that may also be useful to families.
Y4 Telling the time https://www.euroclub-schools.org/telling-the-time-spanish-song
Y4 Christmas https://www.euroclub-schools.org/christmas-songs
Y6 Food and Revision https://www.digitaldialects.com/Spanish.htm
General games https://www.pandatree.com/FreeLearningSpanishResources
Word reference dictionary https://www.wordreference.com/es/translation.asp?tranword=
Play some games https://www.lightbulblanguages.co.uk/resources-sp-pz.htm
Places to visit
Going to visit Spain is the best way to practise Spanish but is not an option for most people. Why not visit a local Spanish Restaurant and ask if you can have a take-away menu? Reading the options in Spanish can be good practise and also give you some ideas for cooking Spanish meals at home!. Here is a link to a Spanish restaurant guide, which you could use for a Spanish themed night at home or with friends.
Further support and useful weblinks
Spanish stories to enjoy:
Play some Spanish word games:
Duolingo https://www.duolingo.com - Learn languages for free. Web or app.