MFL

Spanish at Thomas Gray

Children are taught Spanish from Year 3 to Year 6. Although the Spanish scheme is primarily based around the ‘Language Angels’ curriculum resource, it also reinforces work covered in other curriculum areas such as Mathematics. Geography, Music and Computing, as well as developing specific language learning skills.

Our children also have the opportunity to develop their language skills through lessons at our local high school.

We greatly value the importance of early language learning and we believe that in today’s international and multicultural society, it is essential that young people develop skills and attitudes that enable them to communicate with, understand and respect other cultures.

We recently celebrated Hispanic culture across the school during Spanish day!

We endeavour to use exciting and effective teaching methods and materials to build enthusiasm and motivation in our young learners. A great deal of emphasis is placed on listening and speaking skills and pupils are given the opportunity to learn vocabulary and grammatical structures through games, rhymes, chant and song. This is reinforced with reading and writing skills.

Aims

Our aims for primary Spanish are:

To broaden the cultural awareness of the pupils and to foster positive attitudes to foreign language learning, to speakers of other languages and a tolerant sympathetic approach to other cultures and civilisations.

To enable the pupils to acquire knowledge and skills in Spanish with particular emphasis on speaking and listening.

To actively encourage the pupils to participate and enjoy the language activities creating confident learners of another language.

To seek to immerse the pupils during lessons in the target language, when appropriate.