MFL - Spanish
Here at St Jude’s, our intent is that Spanish is accessible for everyone regardless of ability. We hope to equip our children with a firm grounding and love for the language which will set the foundations and the necessary skills to progress beyond our school and enable children to reach their full potential. It is our intent that our curriculum is inspiring and challenging in all skill areas. We also aim to provide enrichment opportunities that build a cultural awareness amongst our children, this will create a respect and openness to learn not only about the Spanish culture but other cultures around the world. We want our children to not only have the language skills, but the enjoyment of the subject to ensure they persevere and build on their skills as they progress into high school.
Spanish is delivered and adapted in accordance with the requirements of the latest Primary Languages Curriculum. 13 units have been chosen which are taught appropriately within each year group. Pupils at KS2 are taught using the 4 skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Each child is 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 videos and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words.
- 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 phrases.
- present ideas and information orally
- read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases, and simple writing.
- appreciate stories and songs 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 and masculine 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.
The children’s work is documented in a Spanish book which stays with them throughout the whole of KS2.After each unit, the children are assessed and are graded in accordance with age related expectations.
Our MFL curriculum develops a sound knowledge of basic grammar and vocabulary which acts as a building block to a more secure understanding of the language at KS3. The units are designed to provide the children with the necessary skills to make a successful transition into High School.
The Spanish alphabet is taught throughout KS2 and is re-enforced at the start of every lesson. It is embedded in images and words and the sounds are drilled which helps fix them in long-term memory.
Our approach and intended outcome to phonics is also similar to the one adopted by Rachel Hawkes who over the key stages, believes “the intended outcome of learning phonics in this way is so that a learner can be ‘trusted’ with the written text in the foreign language without the teacher having to present and pronounce the new language first, lest they should ‘manglicise’ (that is to say, mangle the pronunciation of a foreign language word by applying English patterns of pronunciation to it!) its pronunciation.
The consequence is also a learner who can understand more text containing unfamiliar language, a learner who is more confident in speaking and reading out loud in the foreign language, and a more autonomous learner who is able to make links between words and apply patterns.”
To find our more details about how we help our children on this journey please see refer to our Spanish knowledge organisers.
Spanish Progression at St. Jude's
Websites to support your child with Spanish at home, click on each website to explore.
These websites are fun, free to use and include interactive games.
- OnlineFreeSpanish https://onlinefreespanish.com/
There are 3 levels of difficulty from beginner to intermediate or advanced. Colouring pages can also be printed off which relate to each of the lessons. Topics range from farm animals, the seasons, emotions, schools supplies and more.
- Digital Dialects https://digitaldialects.com/Spanish.htm
On Digital Dialects, students can practise greetings, verb conjugations, units of time, and more with fun and interactive games.
- BBC Bitesize Spanish https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zxsvr82
- YouTube https://www.youtube.com/
YouTube has lots of songs and videos to help with the learning of Spanish vocabulary.
How to help your child at home...
Here are some suggestions for ways you can help your child:
1. Celebrate Spanish holidays
Celebrating important Spanish holidays, will teach your child about Spanish history. Celebrate by making some fun crafts or taking part in holiday traditions.
2. Cook a Spanish meal
Familiarize your child with Spanish cuisine by having him or her help you whip up a traditional Spanish meal.
3. Listen to Spanish music
Do you have a Pandora or Spotify account? Download some Spanish songs to listen to while at home or on the road. Listening to Spanish music will help familiarize your child with Spanish accents and pronunciations.
You can download and print dozens of free Spanish crosswords and word searches for your child. He or she will have fun playing, while simultaneously learning Spanish vocabulary and simple sentences. Keep a stack in the car for long road trips.
5. Memory game
Create some Spanish flashcards and place them face down on a table. Your child will flip over two cards. If the pictures match, your child will flip over two more cards. The point of the game is to match all of the cards from memory.
6. Coloring books
Purchase a Spanish coloring book for. These coloring books will spark your child’s creativity, while helping him or her learn various vocabulary words and themes.
This Spanish activity is played exactly like the original Hangman version, except you are using Spanish vocabulary words and phrases instead of English.