Spanish at Springfield
Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. (National Curriculum)
At Springfield, we value the many languages spoken in our school community. We have a strong focus on effective communication throughout our curriculum, which extends to our MFL curriculum. Our approach to teaching Spanish is underpinned by an understanding that learning one language opens the doors to learning others. By learning languages, we encourage children to broaden their horizons and appreciate the fact that they are global citizens. We seek to empower our children for their future where living, working or travelling abroad may require the confidence and skill to communicate in another language.
How we plan for and teach Spanish
Pupils begin learning Spanish in Key Stage One, with early exposure to the language through songs and rhymes. They become familiar with the sounds of the language and some basic words and phrases.
Pupils in Key State Two enjoy a weekly Spanish lesson lasting 45 minutes. Our teachers are supported by the Hackney Learning Trust scheme of work and other high-quality resources to plan to plan and teach engaging lessons.
In Spanish lessons, our children practice four key skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. They also make meaningful links to grammar and the similarities and differences between English and Spanish sentence structures. As well as learning the language itself, our children explore different Spanish-speaking cultures to develop their intercultural understanding. Spanish lessons are very popular at Springfield – our children hugely enjoy learning memorable songs and rhymes. By the end of Key Stage Two, our children relish the chance to have conversations in another language, based on their learning in class.
How we evaluate learning in Spanish
Children’s learning is regularly assessed in Spanish lessons. Children receive feedback on their spoken and written communication. At the end of a unit of learning, children’s progress is assessed against the unit objectives and next steps are planned for.
For more detailed information about Spanish learning in each year group, take a look at our Spanish subject overview here: Spanish at Springfield