Learning a language enriches the curriculum. It provides excitement, enjoyment and challenge for children and teachers, helping to create enthusiastic learners and to develop positive attitudes to language learning throughout life. The natural links between languages and other areas of the curriculum can enhance the overall teaching and learning experience. The skills, knowledge and understanding gained can make a major contribution to the development of children’s oracy and literacy and to their understanding of their own culture/s and those of others.” The Key Stage 2 Framework for Languages (DfES 2005)
At Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School we believe that the learning of a foreign 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.
Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School are very lucky to have our very own Spanish Teacher who provides age-appropriate learning opportunities for all children in ks1 and Ks2, although the Government’s statutory requirement only refers to Key Stage 2.
The aim of teaching Spanish at Holy Spirit:
- 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.
At the end of KS2 pupils should be able to:
pupils to make substantial progress in one language. The teaching should provide an
appropriate balance of spoken and written language and should lay the foundations for
further foreign language teaching at key stage 3. It should enable pupils to understand and
communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing, focused on familiar and
routine matters, using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and
The focus of study in modern languages will be on practical communication. If an ancient
language is chosen the focus will be to provide a linguistic foundation for reading
comprehension and an appreciation of classical civilisation. Pupils studying ancient
languages may take part in simple oral exchanges, while discussion of what they read will
be conducted in English. A linguistic foundation in ancient languages may support the
study of modern languages at key stage 3.
Pupils should be taught to:
listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and
explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the
spelling, sound and meaning of words
engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to
those of others; seek clarification and help*
speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are
reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases*
present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences*
read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are
introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary
write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express
describe people, places, things and actions orally* and in writing
This year all children in Key Stage Two have been learning Spanish and are getting really good with their pronunciations. They have been learning lots of fantastic new words and phrases and are counting up to 40.
In line with The National Curriculum, the children can now do the following:
Listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
Explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
Engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help
Speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
Develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases
Present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences
Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
As well as learning how to speak Spanish, we have also looked at different Spanish artists too. Here is a sample of work that Year 5 did recently, based on the artist Fransisco Goya
To help with your learning, the following websites are a great way of improving your understanding of the Spanish language.