All Things Are Possible
As part of our MFL curriculum, students in Key Stage 2 have the opportunity to learn Spanish. The school made the decision to move from French to Spanish to better support continuity with our main feeder secondary school [Venerable Bede C.E. Academy], and not to disadvantage pupils against pupils from other feeder primary schools.
The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:
- 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, 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.
In Key Stage 2, our pupils start Spanish lessons.
the National Curriculum states that primary schools can teach only modern or ancient foreign languages, school have chosen to deliver Spanish, to support continuity to our main feeder secondary school [Venerable Bede] along with other feeder primaries. Our children are therefore well placed to continue their journey in langauges, building on the well established foundations.
Our Curriculum has been carefully designed in partnership with Clare Seccombe [Light Bulb Languages], a specialist consultant who also helped develop Oak National Academy’s original online primary languages curriculum.
We are very fortunate to also provide years 3-6 specialist teaching from Clare. Spanish lessons are 45 minutes long, once a week.
“Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world”
The 3 Pillars of Language
The pillars of language learning are vocabulary, grammar and phonics. these are taught through the four modalities of listening, speaking,readign and writing alongside Spanish and Hispanic culture.
To be able to read, write and speak we need to recognise and understand the phonemes and graphemes of the language. We learn to read and write in English using our Little Wandle phonics scheme in Early Years and Year 1.
When we learn another language, such as Spanish, it is equally as important to learn the new phonemes and graphemes of that language. For example, in Spanish the grapheme “e” makes a sound (phoneme) similar to the sound that in English we represent with the grapheme “ay”. The grapheme “ll” makes the sound “y” as in yellow. Phonics is taught using the Physical Spanish Phonics scheme.
Children are taught the pronunciation of castellano, the variation of Spanish that is spoken on mainland Spain. The pronunciation and vocabulary of the Spanish spoken in the Americas can often be significantly different.
Please see below for each grapheme and its corresponding phoneme. Your child will tell you all about it. They can use it to practise their sounds at home.
Pupils learn a range of common vocabulary in order to be able to communicate effectively about a range of everyday topics. For example, to be able to describe people, places and things and to be able to ask and answer simple questions. Vocabulary, such as key verbs, size, colours and numbers is revisited throughout KS2 in different contexts in order to secure it in the long-term memory. They will also broaden their vocabulary by using a bilingual dictionary.
Pupils are taught to understand and use basic grammatical structures including feminine and masculine forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs. Children learn key features and patterns of the language and how to apply these. For instance, they learn that the position of the adjective in Spanish is usually different to that of English (after the noun) and different ways to structure questions. They learn that some words that are capitalised in English are not capitalised in Spanish such as days and months. The level and complexity of the language that children are expected to produce ranges from single words and short phrases in Year 3 to paragraphs in Year 6.
Please see below for an summary scheme of work and progression linked to the 3 key pillars:
Assessment & Transition
Children are assessed on an ongoing basis via a series of “I can” statements which are linked directly to the scheme of work.
Towards the end of year 6, transition information is sent to the destination secondary schools, to ensure a smooth beginninng to children’s Key Stage 3 learning journey.
Benedict Biscop promotes a curriculum that puts all pupils, regardless of their needs, at the heart of what we do. By building mutual respect, we accept others for their differences believing that everyone is special and everyone has something to offer. Our inclusive and enriching curriculum, written for all children, provides pupils with meaningful and aspirational experiences as well as promoting personal growth for life-long learning. When the curriculum needs adapting, to suit the needs of individual children, appropriate modifications are made by the class teacher with support of the SENDCo and the Curriculum Subject Lead.
Interested in finding out more?
If you would like to find out more about our curriculum. Please contact the school office by emailing BBinfo@nllt.co.uk and we will ask a member of staff to get back in touch a.s.a.p.