At St Bridget’s we believe that the learning of another language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. It helps them to develop communication skills including key skills of speaking and listening and extends their knowledge of how language works. Learning another language gives children a new perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others.
Awaken curiosity and deepen pupil’s understanding of the world around them.
Help children develop their awareness of cultural similarities and differences.
Foster an interest in language learning by introducing children to other languages in a way that is enjoyable and accessible to all pupils.
Stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language and creativity.
Support oracy and literacy (with a strong emphasis on speaking and listening skills).
Lay the foundations for future language study.
Communicate for practical purposes, learning to understand and respond to speakers and communicate facts, feelings and ideas confidently.
The focus language at St Bridget’s is Spanish and is taught throughout Key Stage 2. Lessons are sequenced so that prior learning is considered and opportunities for revision of language and grammatical concepts are built into lessons.
Speaking and Listening
The children will learn to:
- listen carefully and recognise sounds and combinations of sounds which are similar to, or different from, those of English
- understand and respond with increasing competence, accuracy and confidence in a range of situations
- join in songs, rhymes, raps and stories which enable them to practise the sounds of the language in an enjoyable way
- take part in conversations at an appropriate level, reacting to instructions and questions and expressing opinions and feelings
- memorise and recite short texts, and prepare and give a talk on a familiar subject confidently and with regard for the audience
Reading and Writing
Children will learn to:
- remember grapheme-phoneme correspondences and vocabulary directly taught and reinforced through word games and similar activities
- read stories and rhymes for enjoyment and to gain awareness of the structure of the written language
- read, copy and write independently familiar words and simple phrases in context e.g. greetings, the date, family members, animals, etc.
- write sentences and short texts independently and from memory.
At St Bridget’s the teaching and learning of the language Spanish is enriched with opportunities to learn about the cultures and customs of Spanish-Speaking countries. We do this, for example, by studying artists such as Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró and Salvador Dalí; tasting traditional Hispanic cuisine such as Tortilla, Patatas Bravas, Empanada and Paella and listen to and appraise Hispanic music. We also have links with a small Spanish school in Spain, giving children the opportunity to communicate with Spanish-Speaking children in a meaningful way. Fiestas play a major role in many Hispanic cultures so throughout the year a range of fiestas are studied and celebrated, such as Dia de Santiago, La Tomatina and Las Fallas de Valencia.