Subject Lead: Fielding Ronshaughen
Spanish lessons are taught throughout school by our specialist Spanish teacher, Fielding Ronshaughen.
At Stanley Grove there are many children that already know multiple languages. One of the main aims of the Spanish curriculum is to support children in developing a life-long love of learning languages.
Stanley Grove’s Spanish curriculum has been created to emphasise communication and speaking and listening skills. The key aims are for children to develop:
• the confidence to speak with good intonation and pronunciation
• fluency in reading in Spanish
• fluency and imagination in writing in Spanish
• a strong awareness of the culture of the countries where Spanish is spoken
• a passion for languages and a commitment to the subject
• the ability to use language creatively and spontaneously
• an independence in their studies and the ability to draw upon a wide range of resources
Our breadth is based on a range of programmes, such as La Jolie Ronde, Rockalingua and Calico Spanish for kids. It also includes a wide variety of songs from Rockalingua, Super Simple Español and Calico Spanish. Classroom activities are devised by our specialist teacher and are based on research of current Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) teaching. Where possible, the Spanish breadth links to learning taking place in other subjects. For example, where children study a Science unit about animals they also study the Spanish unit ‘Los Animales’. Children become familiar with a range of high-quality original language Spanish books and bilingual books and these are supplemented by well-known songs and stories in translation. Online translators and Duolingo are used where appropriate to support independent learning.
We use the ‘Essentials’ curriculum to ensure coverage of key skills, as it incorporates and expands on the 2014 National Curriculum guidance for the teaching of MFL. There are four threshold concepts in the ‘Essentials’ curriculum for MFL and these are revisited within and across year groups, ensuring progression.
In Reception, an emphasis is placed on speaking and listening with an aim for children to begin to understand where Spanish is spoken around the world and that different countries have different languages. In addition, lessons include the following:
- Knowledge of grammar and correct usage of Spanish-English dictionaries will be developed throughout, with an aim for accuracy from Year 3-6.
- Regular activities for children to use their speaking skills in naturalistic conversation.
- Games and activities that promote enjoyment and confident oration.
- Emphasis on developing vocabulary and accurate Spanish pronunciation.
- Periodic opportunities to present to a class or in assembly to showcase conversation skills.
- Periodic role-play events which give children a chance to use speak Spanish in exciting simulations or real-life situations.