SPANISH FOR ALL AT WHITE ROCK 'ESPANOL PARA TODOS'
We believe that learning a foreign language provides a fantastic opportunity for children to discover other cultures; fostering their curiosity and understanding of the world. It is our aim to ensure that by the end of our children’s primary education, they have acquired an understanding of both spoken and written Spanish, confidence to speak in Spanish with others and know how important other languages can be in their future. The natural links between languages and other areas of the curriculum can enrich the overall teaching and learning experiences.
White Rock Primary School provides Spanish language learning from Nursery through to Year 6. Spanish is taught by Señorita Head, a Spanish specialist teacher and Señorita Pearson on a weekly basis. Year 5 and Year 6 have two timetabled lessons per week. Class teachers remain in lessons to observe and upskill themselves in the teaching of Spanish. Lessons across the Key Stages support the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. At Whiterock, we use clear and comprehensive schemes of work which have been developed by the Spanish specialist teacher.
In EYFS and KS1, Spanish is introduced through topic related activities, focusing on practical games, stories with puppets and singing to develop an awareness of the language and vocabulary. In KS2, lessons are also active and highly focused, with children working as a whole class or in small groups. A variety of language teaching methods are used to match groups and individuals with different learning styles. Activities include games, phonics, sentence-building activities, rhymes and role play which are used to help improve memory and recall. Lessons are made as entertaining and enjoyable as possible, as we realise that this approach serves to develop a positive attitude to the learning of Spanish.
In the classroom instructions for learning and the date are given in Spanish to expose children to the language as much as possible. Visual prompts are used to support children in translating new vocabulary. Word mats are also available for the children to have out on desks to support their learning and re-cap previous learning. A Key Stage 2 word mat with topic vocabulary will be uploaded onto the website.
EYFS & KS1
The children have met Pedro and Carlota who have been teaching them greetings, numbers and colours!
Pedro and Carlota
As part of the National Curriculum , all Key Stage 2 pupils must now learn another language in school time. It is the intention that at Whiterock all children in KS2 will access first quality teaching in Spanish in order to adequately prepare them for their language learning journeys at secondary school.
Our KS2 Spanish curriculum aims to ensure that all children develop key language learning skills, as set out by the National curriculum as well as a love of languages and learning about other cultures: These are as follows:
- understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic resources.
- speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including asking questions and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.
- can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt.
- discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.
The learning challenges and progression grids used to plan and teach Spanish at White Rock, ensure that children are accessing work at age–related expectations with regular opportunities to be challenged through higher level objectives. Children’s learning will be assessed through questioning, work in learning journals, peer assessment and oral recordings.
SPEAKING SPANISH AT HOME
Please find below some useful websites and apps for your language learning. Please check with your parents or carers before using these sites. The more Spanish you hear and read, the better you will become and the more Spanish you will remember.
Practice makes perfect!