At Hadley Wood Primary School we teach Spanish to all classes in Years 3 – 6. We believe that learning a foreign language provides a fantastic opportunity for pupils to discover other cultures; fostering their curiosity and understanding of the world.
Through our languages education, we provide opportunities for pupils to learn, understand and respond to Spanish speakers, both in speech and writing.
‘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’ DfE: September 2013
At Hadley Wood, our aim is to develop the confidence and competence of each child in the foreign language they are learning.
We will help them develop and demonstrate substantial progress in the 5 key language skills necessary for learning Spanish:
How is Spanish taught at Hadley Wood?
Spanish is taught in a whole-class setting by the class teacher or MFL Subject Leader. Each class has a timetabled lesson of thirty minutes per week. The lessons are divided into units around a set theme where pupils learn to speak and write confidently in Spanish through a range of engaging resources. Each unit begins with the Success Criteria being shared by the teacher which is revisited at the end of the unit for children to self-assess their achievements.
Spanish lessons include:
- PowerPoints and interactive whiteboard materials
- Interactive games (which pupils can access from home to consolidate their learning)
- Songs & raps
- Differentiated activities
Each lesson will focus on a combination of the 5 key language learning skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar). The last lesson in each unit focuses on the key language skills and is used to support the teacher assessment (and self-assessment from the child) of the Success Criteria for each unit of work.
At Hadley Wood, we use the Language Angels programme to support our Spanish teaching. We have adopted the scheme of work to meet the needs of our cohort.
Spanish Knowledge Organisers