We will aim, through teaching Spanish, to help everyone gain a greater understanding of the Spanish language and culture by developing basic vocabulary and grammar in the context of common situations and events.
In the Spanish lessons children will encounter Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing, and Spanish Life and Culture.
Speaking and Listening
Fundamental to all language teaching, this first strand is clearly key to children's understanding and development of Spanish. It therefore will be central to all the units of work studied throughout the year.
Through developing their oral vocabulary and spoken language children will begin to internalise the structure of conversational Spanish and become more confident in how to use their learning in practical situations.
Reading and Writing
This strand of language learning follows logically from speaking and being able to interpret Spanish words and phrases. The children, as in English, will learn to read and spell basic vocabulary before using this to construct simple sentences.
As these skills are developmental there will be more emphasis on reading and writing for those children who have developed a more complete understanding of basic vocabulary and grammar.
Spanish Life and Culture
This will be an opportunity for children to investigate how Spanish life varies from our own. Studies will look at themes that help our children build their understanding of how children grow up in Spain and the lifestyles that they are able to lead.
It is these aspects that will provide the best context for the children's language learning.