“A different language is a different vision of life” – Federico Fellini
Our Spanish Teacher is: Senor Pena
Our Modern Foreign Languages Subject Lead is: Senorita Jones
The intention of the Spanish curriculum at Mersey Park Primary School is that children are taught to develop an interest in learning other languages in a way that is enjoyable and stimulating. We enhance children’s confidence and we strive to stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language. We develop children’s cultural awareness of Spain and other Spanish speaking countries, comparing it with Britain, through curriculum enrichment opportunities. We strive to embed the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing necessary to enable children to use and apply their Spanish learning in a variety of contexts and lay the foundations for future language learning. Most of our pupils have very little knowledge of other languages when starting to learn Spanish in Key Stage Two. Through MFL, the children learn about individuals significant to the Spanish nation and draw comparisons to individuals in the UK, for example the monarchy, government and performers.
Our Spanish curriculum is designed, following National Curriculum objectives, to develop children’s skills in languages, through regularly taught lessons. Children progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary organised around topics. We follow a carefully planned scheme of work to ensure coverage and progression across school. All our children in KS2 will have weekly language lessons.
By the end of Key Stage 2 we aim to have produced pupils who can engage in simple conversations in Spanish and understand key terms and phrases. We hope, through our teaching of Spanish, our pupils will develop an appreciation and respect for other nationalities and cultures.
Children are encouraged and supported to develop their speaking and listening skills through conversational work, singing activities and games. As confidence and skills grow, children record their work through pictures, captions and sentences:
- Displays are used to remind children of key vocabulary;
- Practical activities, songs and games are used to help improve memory and recall;
- In the classroom, wherever possible, instructions are given in Spanish to expose children to the language in use;
- Visual prompts are used to support children in translating new vocabulary;
- Word banks and knowledge organisers are available for children to support their learning and recap previous learning.
How Spanish is assessed:
We strive to ensure that our pupil’s attainment is in line or exceeds their potential when we consider the varied starting points of all our children. The learning challenges ensure that children are accessing work at age related expectations, with regular opportunities to be challenged through higher-level objectives. Teachers are supported in developing their own subject knowledge by our native Spanish teacher, Senor Pena.
Spanish is monitored by the subject leader throughout all Key Stage 2 year groups using a variety of strategies such as work scrutiny, lesson observations, staff discussions and pupil interviews. Pupils are assessed regularly against Target Tracker statements and National Curriculum objectives. Mini-quizzes at the start of each lesson allow pupils to revise key knowledge and teachers to address misunderstandings.
How to Help at Home
Here are some suggestions for ways you can help your child:
Take your child to Liverpool Tate
Spain has produced some of the most talented artists, such as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Joan Miró. The Liverpool Tate has work on display by all of these artists.
Talk about Spanish festivals
Celebrating important Spanish festivals such as La Tamborrada (Drum Festival), Las Fallas de Vallencia (Festival of Fire) and San Fermines (Pamplona Bull Run) to name a few, will teach your child about Spanish culture and history. Celebrate by making some fun crafts or taking part in holiday traditions.
Cook a typical Spanish meal
Familiarize your child with Spanish cuisine by having him or her help you whip up a traditional Spanish meal. You could try Gazpacho (tomato soup served cold), Paella (a rice dish), Tortilla (Spanish omelette) or Patatas Bravas (cubes of potato in a spicy, tomato sauce) for example.
Watch a Spanish movie
Host a Spanish movie night with your family watching films such as Ferdinand, Coco, Donkey Xote or Tad, the Lost Explorer. You could also watch cartoons on YouTube presented in Spanish, such as Peppa Pig, Dora the Explorer or The Robot Boy.
Listen to Spanish music
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. Rockalingua offers a range of songs that children have learned in class.
You can download and print dozens of free puzzles for your child. He or she will have fun playing, while simultaneously learning Spanish vocabulary. Keep a stack in the car for long trips.
Create some Spanish flashcards and place them face down on a table. Your child flips over two cards. If the pictures match, your child flips over two more cards. The point of the game is to match all of the cards from memory.
There are a wide selection of beginner Spanish books such as: ‘Gazpacho for Nacho’ by Tracey C Kyle, ‘La Madre Goose: Nursery Rhymes for Los Ninos’ by Susan Middleton Elya, ‘Chato’s Kitchen’ by Gary Soto, ‘Round is a Tortilla: A book of shapes’ by Roseanne Greenfield Thong and ‘Abuela’ by Arthur Dorros. You can find these books online.
This Spanish activity is played exactly like the original Hangman version, except you are using Spanish vocabulary words and phrases instead of English.
Mersey Park School- Spanish Curriculum
Spanish Day 2019
We had a fabulous day on Thursday 17th January. We carried out a range of Spanish activities throughout the day. The children created artwork based on the Spanish artist Juan Gris and also carried out some Flamenco dancing. The children especially enjoyed cooking and tasting Spanish food. The croquetas and Tortillas were scrumptious!
Enjoy this video of the children singing about the Days of the Month:
Our curriculum allows pupils to develop their communication and literacy skills that lay the foundation for future language learning. They develop linguistic competence, extend their knowledge of how language works and explore differences and similarities between foreign languages and English.
Learning new languages raises awareness of our multi-lingual and multi-cultural world, and introduces an international dimension to pupil’s learning. The learning of a foreign language provides a medium for cross-curricular links and for reinforcement of knowledge, skills and understanding developed in other subjects.