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 Curriculum Intent

“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. 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.

Primary National Curriculum for Languages 2014

 

With these aspirations, our INTENT for the Languages curriculum is for all children at Gateway Academy to be able to communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing in Spanish.

 

We want children to:

  • 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
  • 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 Spanish.


The Curriculum

Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6)

All children in Key Stage 2 learn how to:

  • communicate orally
  • share their ideas and feelings using speech
  • compare their use of English grammar and spelling to another language
  • express some ideas in writing

 

The National Curriculum outlines what children should be taught under more general headings. Some of these include:

  • Listening to a language and joining in to learn everyday words and phrases
  • Learning how to have conversations in another language to share ideas and opinions as well as being able to ask and answer questions
  • Reading texts and stories in another language, carrying out basic comprehension tasks
  • Learning songs, poems, rhymes and stories in another language to help with vocabulary but also with cultural understanding
  • Writing some words and phrases from memory as well as describing people and places with basic sentences a range of everyday and routine topics such as numbers, colours, greetings, family, animals, school, travel, or other similar subjects that seem appropriate.
  • In Year 3 children might just use speech and limited written tasks to learn the basics. As they move up from Year 3, children will see much more of the written language and build on their early skills, allowing them to speak, write and listen with much more skill.

 

 

The curriculum overview for the school is as follows:

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Year 3

Content

Introduction to Spanish language and culture

Greetings

Animals

Content

Numbers and plurals

Conjunctions and simple sentences

Noun gender

Content

Introductions

Using ‘ser’ - to be

Colours

Opinions

Adjectival word order

 

Content

Word order and opinions

Story-telling

Numbers 1-10

Using ‘tener’ - to have

Age

 

 

Content

Definite and indefinite articles

Using ‘quisiera’ - I would like

Using connectives

Extending sentences

 

Content

Numbers 1 – 15

Days of the week

Revision

Assessment

Barcelona

Year 4

Content

Animals

Classroom instructions

Spanish poetry

Parts of the body

 

Content

Colours

Monster descriptions

Adjective agreements

Food

 

Content

Food and opinions

Traditional stories

Shopping

Months

 

Content

Numbers 1-31

Months

Spanish maths

Dates, birthdays

Personal descriptions

Content

Traditional stories

Family

Possessive adjectives

Dictionary skills and pronunciation

Content

Clothes and colours

Talk4Writing

Revision

Assessments

San Fermin Festival

Year 5

Content

Classroom instructions and opinions

Sports

Clothing

Revise ‘tener’ - to have

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Content

Masculine/feminine adjectival agreement

Weather

Hobbies

Pets

Content

Traditional story-telling

Revise ‘ser’ - to be

Revision of numbers 1-31

Maths in Spanish

Revision of dates and months

 

Content

School subjects

Preferences

Using ‘ir’ - to go

Transport

Content

Classroom items

Possessive adjectives

Prepositions

Pronunciation

Content

Simple future tense

Revision of ‘ir’

Speaking practise

Assessments

The Day of the Dead Festival

 

Year 6

Content

Revision of ‘Ser’ and ‘Tener’

Time

Content

Daily routine

Daily routine in Spain

Houses

Comparatives and preferences

Content

Traditional stories

Rooms in the house

My bedroom

Bedrooms around the world

Content

Places in town

Revision of ‘ir’ – to go

Directions

Buying food

Content

Numbers 1-100

Café conversations

Spanish food and menus

Content

The simple past – preterite

Revision of simple future tense

Revision of numbers, time

Assessments

 

Recent Projects

Language exchange

Each year pupils in Year 4 take part in a series of language exchange video conferences with children at Colegio Santa Maria in Valencia, Spain. To prepare for the conferences children learn the vocabulary required to maintain a conversation with a native speaker in which they introduce themselves to one another and discuss their various likes and dislikes.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pupil outcomes

In accordance with National Curriculum guidance, children complete a series of structured activities in their Spanish cuadernos (workbooks). Pupils carry out word and sentence level tasks that develop their reading, writing and listening skills. 

 

How Parents Can Help

Support your child’s learning at home by trying some of the following:

 

1. Take an interest, and learn with your child

Learn alongside them: find out the language they are learning and get them to teach you some key words and phrases. They might like to make a simple poster illustrating key words and phrases or use sticky notes to label everyday objects in a foreign language. Another good idea is to create a ‘new words’ dictionary for them to record all the new things that they have been learning.

 

2. Make it multimedia

Why not find books, films or songs in Spanish? These can be a wonderful way to learn a language without even realising it. Early-readers or lift-the-flap books are brilliant for learning a new language. The Internet is perfect for bringing some cultural learning into your home, allowing as it does access to videos, radio/audio and images from all around the globe.

 

3. Make it fun

Above all, make any additional language learning you do at home fun, practical and supportive. Learning a new language can be a little daunting at first but with the help of parents and schools, it needn’t be the case. Even playing simple games (such as 'Snap', 'Guess Who', 'Snakes and Ladders') and adding an element of Spanish (such as counting, colours or even just answering yes and no) could be a wonderful aid.

 

Further Support And Useful Weblinks

A good way to help your child is to use some of the online resources that are available. ‘Free’ places to look include:

  • The Government’s languages curriculum booklet
  • Languages pages from the BBC
  • Little Red Languages (free languages resources and activities)
  • Duolingo — a fun and effective way to learn languages