The teaching of languages to young children is now widely recognised as having an impact on improving literacy, building self-confidence and widening cultural horizons. Schools are seeing benefits in terms of gains in listening and speaking skills, appreciation of other cultures and enthusiasm for new forms of learning, which is deep, meaningful and empowers children to be aspirational.
Two underlying principles underpin our Spanish curriculum:
- Children should enjoy their early years of learning Spanish and to enjoy the sights and sounds of Spanish speaking countries, the rhythm of the language and the real pleasure that can be gained from contact with the written word.
- Children should make real and measurable progress in their learning through innovative activities, challenging tasks and the desire to understand more and more as they listen to, speak and read Spanish. This ensures that all children develop a strength of character and resilience that promotes positive physical and mental health.
At Button Lane Primary, our KS2 pupils study Spanish.
We plan our teaching using the Catherine Cheeter Scheme of Work under the following headings:
- Oracy - speaking and listening
- Literacy - reading and writing
- Intercultural Understanding
Teachers look for ways in which Spanish can be incorporated in to daily routines, for example, during the register, and through cross-curricular links such as in the Year 5 learning project 'Hola Mexico'.