Subject Leader - Señora Belinda Dean
Link Governor - Mrs Michele Tayler
“To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world.” Chinese Proverb
Spanish is taught in every class across the school from reception to year 6 weekly by Spanish specialist, Señora Dean. This is delivered through carefully crafted lessons that engage and challenge learners in line with our two-year rolling programme across the school. We have a focus on the whole of the Spanish-speaking world and making strong links to other curriculum areas eg. geography, art, science, global learning. Through our language learning we engender values of respect and intercultural understanding, reinforce links with our wider community and help our children to develop as global citizens.
Every child at St John's has a weekly Spanish lesson; 30 minutes in Early Years and KS1 and 60 minutes in KS2. Topics are carefully planned to make links to other curriculum areas, whilst also ensuring maximum opportunities to revisit key Spanish vocabulary and core structures in a range of different contexts. In Early Years, children begin to encounter Spanish using songs, rhymes and games and meet Pepe the Sheep, who will introduce them to life in Spain. From Year 1, activities are designed to challenge children to develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar and phonics. Opportunities are taken throughout the year for developing authentic intercultural understanding by looking at cultural aspects of the Spanish speaking world such as landmarks, festivals, music and food.
Units are organised on the same 2 year rolling topic plan as the rest of the school so that children are encouraged to use and apply their knowledge from other subject areas eg. science as they encounter new vocabulary in a variety of formats. Details of the Spanish topic plan can be found using the link.
Skills are developed over each year of learning as shown via the links below:
|Cycle A||Term 1||Term 2||Term 3||Term 4||Term 5||Term 6|
|Year 1/2||Vikings||Dinosaurs||Happy New Year!||Ten seeds||Gaudi art||Walking through the jungle|
|Year 3/4||In my pencil case||The weather||My pets||Seasons & festivals||
|Big numbers||The solar system||My family||The Amazon||I love art!||Sports & opinions|
|Cycle B||Term 1||Term 2||Term 3||Term 4||Term 5||Term 6|
|Year 1/2||On the farm||Castles||Playground games||Transport||Creepy crawlies||Ice creams|
|Year 3/4||Where do you live?||Days of the week||Let's go!||Fruit fiesta||Spanish cafe|
|Year 5/6||In my room||Bath & Barcelona||Do you like music?||¡Hola Peru!||Nature detectives||Fashion designers|
In Year 3/4 this term we are continuing to use the verbs we looked at last term, and beginning to build sentences to express our opinions about doing different things.
Use the following activity codes at https://www.educandy.com/ to practise vocabulary if you'd like to have a go at home:
VERBS matching - aa1d0
VERBS activity - aa1f9
OPINIONS quiz – aa1ea