Here at St Paul’s, our intent is that Spanish is accessible for everyone regardless of ability. We hope to equip our young learners with a firm grounding and love for the language which will set the foundations and the necessary skills to progress beyond our school. It is our intent that our curriculum is inspiring and challenging in all the four modalities, speaking, reading, writing, and listening. It will also include the 3 pillars, vocabulary, grammar, and phonics. Our priority is the progression of knowledge through the years in KS2.
In KS2, progression has been mapped out across the four skills for each year group based on the Key Stage 2 Languages Programme of Study which states that children should be taught to:
- Listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
- Explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of word
- Engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help
- Speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures § develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrase
- Present ideas and information orally to a range of audience
- Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
- Appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
- Broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary
- Write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly
- Describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing
- Understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English
In language lessons, we employ a varied, engaging and effective range of teaching strategies and resources in order to motivate and challenge our language learners. Students develop their knowledge and understanding of Spanish through listening, speaking, reading and writing at an appropriate level, with a focus on practical communication. This language learning experience will lay the foundations for further language study at KS3 and beyond.