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Spanish

Welcome

¡Hola y bienvenidos a las páginas web de español!

Me llamo Señorita Laws y soy la profesora de español de Churchfields Primary School.

A world class, inspirational and aspirational curriculum driven by the principles of improvement, excellence and equality. All Learners receive an Engaging, Ambitious, Relevant and Nurturing Curriculum (LEARN statement).

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What we want the curriculum to achieve

At Churchfields, our children are able to communicate in Spanish at varying degrees of complexity.

Through a vehicle of meaningful topics, children gain a strong knowledge of frequently used vocabulary, grammar and phonetics. Topics are carefully chosen and underpin daily routine situations which promote the use of high frequency vocabulary and therefore spontaneous communication. As a result, children at Churchfields benefit from a smooth transition to learning a foreign language in Secondary School.

How does the subject fit into the whole school curriculum offer?

Spanish fits into the whole school offer, seamlessly. Phonetics and grammar are an integral part to both Spanish and the whole curriculum and are addressed in depth. Numbers, maths and currency also form part of our lessons which facilitates an unrehearsed use of the target language. Topics are introduced on a number of subjects which include Spanish culture, traditions history and geography. Children are encouraged to work individually and as part of a team using their environment to help inform their learning and link to the whole school curriculum.

What is special about our curriculum?

Our expectations of the Spanish Curriculum are both high and attainable.   Children are encouraged to have and maintain a strong range of vocabulary by knowing how to pronounce a word, its origins, patterns and shared roots or endings. They know what a cognate and a false friend are and are encouraged to celebrate noticing them. Children’s vocabulary builds gradually and is retained by continuous reinforcement. Verb lexicon is also essential and a strong understanding of the infinitive and its conjugations also plays an important role in our teaching, which will help them manipulate and structure their own sentences. The use of the Target language in the classroom is also imperative, since its content is mostly high frequency words and is unrehearsed. Children enjoy discussing cultural differences between English and Spanish traditions which in turn ignites very interesting discussions. Our Year 5 children visit a local tapas restaurant for an authentic meal and are taught how to order in Spanish.

Churchfields is especially proud of its “Spanish Pop” lunchtime group, in which we enjoy learning Spanish songs and singing them with wonderful Spanish accents!

What is the structure of teaching and learning?

Children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 have a weekly one hour lesson.

At this initial stage of learning a new language, vocabulary, phonetics and grammar will be introduced in a carefully planned manner.  

Vocabulary will always include cognates and frequently occurring words to help scaffold and build children’s confidence in their ability. In order for the new information to be stored to long term memory, practise reinforcement and use are paramount.

All four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) benefit from this approach.

 

 

Autumn Term
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First half term: Building on greetings, emphasis placed on asking as well as replying adding “Where do you live”. Use of role play and song to support learning.  Explicit learning of classroom instructions, leading to increased confidence and use of TL. Followed by revision of the days of the week and months of the year, leading to ask/reply “When is your birthday”

Second half term:  Emphasis on numbers and currency. Introduction of new vocabulary related to shops and using currency, Leading to a day at the shops set up in the classroom. Numbers and maths laced into every lesson. Numbers 1 – 50/ maths

YEAR 3

First Half term:   Introduction of themselves through basic greetings, age and name. Followed by the introduction of the Spanish alphabet, paying special attention to new letters and sounds.  Through games children learn how to spell unaided and to pronounce correctly.

Second half term: Introduction of pencil case vocabulary together with necesito (I need) and tengo (I have) to encourage the use the target language in class. Numbers 1 – 20 laced into every lesson.

Year 4

First half term: Building on greetings, emphasis placed on asking as well as replying adding “Where do you live”. Use of role play and song to support learning.  Explicit learning of classroom instructions, leading to increased confidence and use of TL. Followed by revision of the days of the week and months of the year, leading to ask/reply “When is your birthday”

Second half term:  Emphasis on numbers and currency. Introduction of new vocabulary related to shops and using currency, Leading to a day at the shops set up in the classroom. Numbers and maths laced into every lesson. Numbers 1 – 50/ maths

Year 5

First half term: Revision of greetings and basic questions drawing attention to the interrogatives used and discussing in which other questions they appear.  Encouraging children to create their own questions.

The time will be introduced to allow students to talk about at what time they undertake certain daily routines. Food vocabulary and regular verbs related to food. Introduction of conjugating verbs.

Second Half term: Express likes and dislikes related to food, build confidence using because (porque). Numbers 1-100+/ maths

Year 6

First half term; Knowledge consolidation, by creating a booklet in which children write about themselves using new and recycled information (where they live, Food, sports, pets, games, favourite pastimes, family and friends. Use of the present tense introduction of the conditional.

Second half term; Introduction of the weather together with related verbs.  Building knowledge of Spanish geography and related vocabulary. Final project – research of a certain area in Spain, its geography, weather why it is liked or not, would they visit it or not. Numbers 1-100+ and maths.

 

What will children achieve by the end of KS2?

Children will have built a figurative memory file which will include, 500 words and an understanding of gender agreement. They learn the ability to conjugate regular verbs which will empower them to structure their own sentences. Children develop an appreciation of other cultures and customs and demonstrate the confidence that they will have the tools to enable them to learn any language at Secondary School and in the future.

Spanish Overview

Please do not hesitate to contact us on our class email address if you have any concerns or questions at spanish@churchfields.bromley.sch.uk

Thank you for your support.

Señorita Laws.

Churchfields Primary School

Churchfields Road, Beckenham
Kent, BR3 4QY

T: 020 86505247
F: 020 86633383
E: admin@churchfields.bromley.sch.uk