“If you talk to a man in the language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.”
As a school we are very new to Spanish, this plan will be deployed as a rolling programme to ensure a firm foundation of knowledge for future success.
The Spanish Curriculum at Stansfield Hall Church of England/Methodist Church Primary School is designed so that it enables our children to express their ideas and thoughts in another language, and to understand and respond to its speakers. It is the development of practical, useful knowledge for our children which can continue to be built upon as they move into secondary school, giving them additional opportunities for their future career opportunities. Students recognise their role as global citizens who are the future of a 21st-century multi-lingual Britain. They will leave us able to confidently ask and answer questions about themselves, their lives, their ideas; and their likes and dislikes. They will build a firm foundation for their acquisition that serves them well into KS3 and beyond!
Topics are carefully chosen in a way that ensures progression within our unique context. From Year 3 onwards, children have a formal weekly Spanish lesson underpinned by the Primary Languages Network scheme of work. We have adapted the PLN Long term plans to fit our school context. We have arranged our topics in an engaging way to develop pupils’ listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
Our curriculum is underpinned by the pillars of languages progression. At our school, we refer to the Five Pillars' of progression which form the core of what we do. The five pillars of progression are: grammar, phonics, vocabulary and culture.
Learning is most effective with spaced repetition; each year progresses on the previous, enabling children to build on their language learning by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts. Retrieval of previously learnt content is a frequent and regular feature of all Spanish lessons.