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Eastbury Community School

Spanish

BIENVENIDOS A CLASE DE ESPAÑOL

OUR GOALS

A warm welcome to our Spanish page! Here you will find the latest Spanish updates - including pictures and videos - to see the amazing work taking place in our lessons.

At Eastbury Community School, we believe in helping students develop their communicative competence in Spanish to understand the world around them, cooperate with other people, travel around the world and overcome prejudice and discrimination.

We will use activities where students produce meaningful and authentic language to communicate with others. They will be involved in real communication, allowing them to use language naturally through games, songs, videos and role.

 

Intent

At Eastbury Community School we equip pupils with the linguistic skills to communicate, write and understand Spanish. We give pupils the very best opportunities, so they are able to excel within Modern Foreign Languages to broaden their horizons. We encourage our pupils to become global citizens who are able thrive within other cultures and communities. We understand the importance of learning and mastering a new language to enhance future career opportunities and personal aspirations. Our Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) curriculum is taught by a native Spanish teacher who delivers exciting lessons which brings learning to life.

We provide the best opportunities for our pupils to be able to speak and write Spanish with confidence and fluency. The children continue to embed accurate grammar and pronunciation and spelling skills. They are able independently apply these skills within their Spanish lessons and beyond the classroom. We have high expectations of our pupils and we ensure that they are able to and interpret spoken and written Spanish with accuracy, and to know how to respond appropriately through applying the knowledge and skills of Spanish which have been developed through our curriculum.

 

Our final goal is for children to be able to communicate in real-life situations using their Spanish skills, and to be able to immerse themselves in another culture and language.

 

“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.”

Department for Education.

 

 

Implementation

 

At Eastbury Community School we focus on four different skills which help to develop categories of language: listening, speaking, reading and writing by giving pupils opportunities to practice each skills throughout every lesson. To ensure that we give our pupils the very best opportunity to succeed within Spanish we teach weekly Spanish lessons for 30 minutes a week to all KS2 pupils. During their weekly lessons, the pupils enjoy exciting and engaging lessons which follow our Spanish Curriculum which has been carefully sequenced to ensure that all pupils acquire the skills and knowledge within Spanish, as well as plenty of opportunities for rehearsal and practise. Our pupils are provided with the opportunity to learn conversational Spanish, phrases, greetings, grammar and many more exciting topics.

We are very proud to offer additional Spanish enrichment to all of our pupils as we value the importance of learning a new language. Therefore, we provide our KS1 pupils with the opportunity to learn Spanish within our after-school club where pupils sing songs, playing games and have fun! Our native Spanish teacher also records weekly videos to be watched during assembly time, where children learn new words and practice them by reading fairy tales and singing songs. These videos help to engage and encourage our pupils in EYFS and KS1 to learn Spanish! Pupils are also provided with additional opportunities for practise and rehearsal through Spanish home learning.

 

 

“The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.”

Department for Education

 

 

How is the curriculum sequenced?

Our curriculum is carefully sequenced to ensure that our pupils develop a greater understanding of Spanish as a whole language. Our Year 3 pupils begin by the basics of the language through learning greetings and conversational Spanish including personal information about them and family members. Additionally, they begin learning to count in Spanish, build sentences with the correct verbs and tense. Pupils then develop the knowledge of days of the week, months of the year and focus on their pronunciation.  Pupils build on this knowledge in Year 4 when they learn body parts, colours, feminine and masculine nouns, animals, Spanish sounds, adjectives, possessive pronouns, vegetables and fruits, clothing, question words and more. In Year 5, our pupils learn about the weather, foods, adverbs of place, likes and dislikes, money, negatives, fairy-tale vocabulary, times and more! In Year 6, we focus on sports, further numbers, further verbs, texts, further animals, descriptions, more complex sentences and more!

How are you building on prior knowledge and skills?

 

Pupils learn best when they are provided with opportunity to practice within weekly lessons; through each topic and beyond. We ensure that our pupils deepen their understanding of the language throughout their time at Eastbury Community School. Previous content is recapped at the beginning of every lesson and pupils have plenty of opportunities to rehearse their skills and knowledge within each lesson and throughout each topic. Prior learning is revisited to ensure that pupils strengthen their memory and that they are able to make further connections within other topics within the curriculum. New content is carefully planned and provided within context to ensure that pupils develop the next steps within their Spanish learning.

 

How are we implementing the recovery curriculum?

 

Due to the disruption of the school closures over the last two years, we understand that are pupils need additional time to practise the content that they have already covered. We ensure that content is revisited in a fun and engaging way using songs, role play and activities; this helps our pupils secure the knowledge within their memory. Our curriculum enables time to rehearse key knowledge and skills before moving on to more challenging concepts. Each lesson provides plenty of opportunities for assessment for learning and identifying gaps in learning. These gaps are addressed immediately before our pupils move on.

 

Impact

 

Eastbury Community School students will have developed listening, speaking, reading and writing skills for a language that is widely spoken across the world. This will enable them the best opportunities for work within a global context. Our pupils will be at an advantage of other as they will be fluent, confident and ambitious citizens who are able to apply their linguistic knowledge of Spanish to help them succeed within all areas of life.

 

They will have a better understanding of different cultures across the world, which will as well support other subjects like Geography, History and Religious Education and thus will help them to value diversity and motivate them to learn from other cultures and beliefs.

 

They will have enjoyed a variety of learning experiences that will have not only improved their academic skills but as well provided them with a more open-minded view of the world we live in.

 

 

“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.”

Department for Education.

 

Spanish Curriculum