Modern Foreign Languages – Spanish
Spanish is taught in all classes from Kindergarten through to Year 6 at Provo Primary School. Our teaching approach is, of course, is adapted to suit the age of the children, with an emphasis on communication throughout.
In accordance with the British National Curriculum guidelines, our primary focus is on ensuring pupils gain confidence in Speaking and Listening in Spanish. This enables all children to access and participate in learning right from the start, helping them to become used to, and confident in using the new sounds and vocabulary quickly. Children learn through games, role plays, speaking projects, songs and cultural studies to gain skills that can be used in real life contexts. New language is presented in many different ways to appeal to all learning styles and to help facilitate recall.
In the younger years, children learn mainly through the use of Spanish in context, as well as games and songs, rather than formal lessons. This approach works in harmony with, and supports the communication and language acquisition skills they are already gaining in English.
The written word is introduced in Year 1 alongside pictures, real objects and other prompts, in order to facilitate vocabulary recall for children who prefer visual cues. However, reading and writing as foreign language skills are introduced very gradually as an aid to pronunciation, spotting and applying patterns, and gaining independence. Using written forms is also extremely valuable when learning and applying grammatical rules in later years.
Grammar is taught in context, rather than discretely as an abstract concept. There is no chanting of verb conjugation tables here! Children will learn to use and apply grammatical rules across a variety of different topics. Using grammatical knowledge as a connecting thread throughout different topics gives children the “building blocks” for language, even when learning brand new vocabulary. This method of learning is much more appropriate and motivating for younger children, as it replicates the way they acquired their first language. They are learning grammar almost without realising it!
The earlier children learn a foreign language, the more successful and motivated they will be, because their brains are still “plastic” enough to adapt to the learning. At Provo Primary School we make language learning fun and accessible for all children, to help them develop an interest in, an openness to, and enjoyment of language learning that will hopefully continue for life.
Further information on the topics and learning objectives for each year group is available by following the links below: