Spanish – Intent, Implementation and Impact
At Stanhope Primary, we believe that a high quality and enjoyable modern foreign language curriculum, delivered in a safe, caring and supportive environment, is fundamental in promoting the skills needed to speak an additional language with confidence. We aim to provide opportunities for our children to both safely and confidently experience a range of activities that are fun, engaging and above all are memorable. Through teaching a broad and balanced modern foreign language curriculum, we aim to teach children the four fundamental skills involved in learning a language (listening, speaking, reading and writing). This is carried out by following the three pillars of progression, where children must first of all understand phonics and the relationship between sounds and spellings, followed by understanding vocabulary and the meaning of words and the correct use of them and finally pupils’ must have an understanding of how words are put together to create fluent sentences.
Spanish at Stanhope Primary School aims to motivate and inspire children with a high-quality modern foreign language education and allows children to develop an understanding that languages are both diverse and fascinating throughout the world. It teaches children to become responsible, global citizens who appreciate what they have, show empathy for others and celebrate diversity.
A first-class modern foreign language education should foster children’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. At Stanhope Primary School, we are dedicated to ensuring that teaching a new and exciting language enables pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language with confidence and understand, respond and share skills with other speakers, both in speech and in writing. We value that by enabling children to be confident in another language, this enables children to interpret, create and exchange meaning within and across cultures.
Here at Stanhope Primary School, we are exceptionally proud to have a diverse and varied cohort. We have families from twelve different countries, each bringing with them a multitude of language skills and speaking a total of twelve different languages at home. We are extremely privileged to have many of our children already able to speak their home language, along with English, and in some instances a third language being spoken due to time that has been spent within another country. By concentrating on language and communication, our children see first-hand the significance of speaking an additional language in order to learn and engage within the local and wider community.
At Stanhope Primary School, it is our aim to enable our pupils to meet and exceed national curriculum expectations with confidence and fluency. We strive to develop creative, critical and divergent thinkers who approach problems across all subjects with a positive and resilient attitude. By delivering a high-quality modern foreign language curriculum, children develop skills that allow them to become emotionally intelligent, have a strong set of core values and an understanding of the world around them.
Above all, at Stanhope Primary School we wholeheartedly believe the importance of equipping children with the skills needed to speak an additional language with confidence. Together, we recognise the strengths of our children and celebrate their achievements knowing that every one of us has something special to offer.
‘Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures’. (National Curriculum 2014)
At Stanhope Primary School, it is our intent that all pupils, regardless of background and ability, have access to a broad, balanced and exciting modern foreign language curriculum. Through the delivery of learning opportunities that inspire all children to succeed, it is our intent that:
- Children will improve their resilience in learning a new language as well as securing an enjoyment of it through a challenging scheme of work, The Complete Course in Primary Spanish (North Tyneside).
- Have opportunities to share their own individual experiences of Spanish life and culture.
- Foster a pleasure and appreciation of both Spanish and Latin culture.
- Secure language-learning approaches for memory and retrieval as well as for listening, reading and understanding.
- Develop an awareness of how to use a bi-lingual dictionary to decode unfamiliar Spanish vocabulary.
- Be able to use the Spanish language to speak or write sentences imaginatively utilising prior knowledge of grammar and key features; with and without a dictionary.
- Understand the significance of the Spanish language and where the Spanish language is spoken throughout the world.
- Have a solid understanding of the key sounds of the Spanish language and their corresponding graphemes and be able to apply this knowledge when speaking, listening and reading aloud.
- Appreciate and be able to copy the sound of the language through the delivery of songs, stories and rhymes.
- Create a deeper understanding of cultural differences and similarities.
- Exhibit significant development in learning Spanish and work towards or meet the targets of the KS2 Programme of Study of modern foreign languages.
- Enjoy exploring language through a range of different activities.
- Develop the ability to use language for their own purpose.
- Develop increasing confidence in speaking Spanish.
At Stanhope Primary School, all children within Key Stage 2 have access to high-quality modern foreign language teaching, delivered by a Spanish-speaking specialist teacher. The teaching of Spanish at Stanhope Primary School is implemented in the following ways:
- The fortnightly lessons are 60 minutes long.
- Lessons are progressive and utilise prior learning, moving from single word knowledge to sentence level over the four years.
- Lesson plans include concepts of support for less able children and to additionally extend and challenge more able children.
- Lesson activities are challenging, exciting, varied, and interactive and help deepen the listening, reading, speaking and writing skills of children.
- A multitude of vocabulary guarantees coverage of all the key phonetic sounds and enables children to build sentences using grammatical knowledge gained during the lessons.
- Throughout Year 6, the content of the modern foreign language curriculum allows revisiting and consolidating of prior knowledge to take place.
- A specialist language teacher teaches the lessons.
- It is an expectation that formative assessment from lessons guides the planning and teaching of successive lesson plans.
- Spoken Spanish within the classroom will include the use of Spanish to give praise, completion of the daily register and to refer to familiar objects around both the classroom and school.
At Stanhope Primary School, we endeavour to inspire children to use all the skills learnt in Spanish lessons in an independent manner in order to develop an appreciation for speaking a foreign language. Our aim is to create positive and confident learners who can share their language skills within class and within the wider community. We determine and monitor the progress of modern foreign language in our school in the following ways:
- Children will become aware that language has structure, and that the structure differs from one language to another.
- Children will develop their language through development of the four key skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing.
- Children will learn that language skills can be utilised across many different languages from across the globe.
- Children will enhance their language learning by developing a deeper understanding of the Spanish culture.
- Children will have opportunities to communicate with each other in Spanish.
- Children will be given the opportunity to look at other languages, particularly if children are bi-lingual
- Lesson plans specify which activity is an opportunity to assess progress and are linked to the KS2 targets.
- The finished activities in the pupils’ Spanish workbooks collate evidence of the listening, reading and writing targets.
- Based on the evidence of the above records of achievement and progress, teachers can inform parents/guardians of this, using report statements which relate to the expected targets of each year group under the headings ‘emerging, expected and exceeding’.
Curriculum end points
The modern foreign language curriculum is designed with clear key knowledge and skills end points at the end of each year, throughout Key Stage 2.The curriculum that is taught in each year group is designed to build to these end points, for example it is essential that pupils develop the four fundamental skills involved in learning a language (listening, speaking, reading and writing). Key aspects from cross-curricular subjects, history, geography and art are weaved into our modern foreign language curriculum and links established with children. By delivering a modern foreign language at Stanhope Primary School, our aim is to ensure children develop their knowledge of an additional language and build upon their understanding of where different languages, including the many languages spoken at home are spoken across the world. A wide range of learning experiences including ‘word of the month’ and ‘Spanish Day’ ensures that within our school we all celebrate languages throughout the school and within the wider community, whilst supporting the development of understanding different cultures within our community and wider world.
It is currently not a statutory requirement for modern foreign languages to be delivered as part of the Early Years curriculum.
Key Stage 1
It is currently not a statutory requirement for modern foreign languages to be delivered as part of the Key Stage 1 curriculum.
Key Stage 2
In Key Stage 2, a specialist language teacher teaches lessons and children learn how to continue to apply and develop their broad range of skills such as;
- Engage in conversations, express opinions and respond to those of others.
- Speak in sentences using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures.
- Present information and ideas orally to a range of audiences.
- Understand basic grammar including gender of nouns, definite and indefinite articles, singular and plural forms of noun, and conjugation of key verbs.
- Write words and phrases from memory.
- Use a dictionary.
- Adapt phrases to create new sentences describing people, places things and actions orally and in writing.
- Broaden their vocabulary and develop ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material.
- Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing.
- Explore the patterns and sounds of language and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words.
- Evaluate and recognising their own success.