Why do we teach what we teach? (Our intent)
At St Mary’s we teach Spanish as part of the KS2 curriculum. We believe that children benefit from learning a foreign language from an early age; the earlier a child is exposed to the language, the easier and faster it is to learn it. Furthermore, the children also acquire a set of skills that go beyond the language, such as an awareness of other cultures, improved listening and reading skills, memorisation techniques and an increased confidence in oral communication and enjoyment.
How do we teach it? (Our implementation)
Children in KS2 take part in weekly lessons of 35 min. (45min. in Year 6) imparted by a native speaker. There is also a Spanish Club aimed at Year 2 children.
We teach the language primarily through stories, rhymes, songs and games. The emphasis is on communication and confidence, but not at the expense of grammatical accuracy or written work. We strive to give the children a varied and realistic experience of the language to make it fun, but also relevant to their lives. There is also a strong emphasis on cultural aspects and traditions of countries across the world where Spanish is spoken.
What is the difference that this makes? (Our impact)
We are part of a global community and, more than ever, languages are a way to connect people in the most personal and influential way possible. Our language reflects our thoughts, ideas and feelings. Building a sound base from this early age will allow our students to gain in confidence throughout their future years of language study.
Young children enjoy the challenge of learning a language. St Mary’s is a vibrant multicultural school, where the values of respect for other cultures, ideologies and faiths is enhanced by learning about the Hispanic world through language.