Intent Our Spanish Curriculum at St Benedict’s allows children to develop a genuine interest and curiosity about the wider world, acquiring knowledge about the language, culture and traditions of Spanish-speaking countries.
The four key language learning skills; listening, speaking, reading and writing will be taught across a unit. Grammar, phonics and vocabulary lay the foundations of the curriculum.
Units are progressive and build each year so as to recycle, revise and consolidate previously learnt language whilst building on all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Knowledge and awareness of required and appropriate grammar concepts will be taught throughout all units at all levels of challenge. Teachers ensure all children are progressing their foreign language learning skills and are taught the appropriate grammar at the right time in their foreign language learning journey. Grammar rules and patterns will be taught by level of challenge. Pupils are taught about the phonics of Spanish to aid pronunciation.
We start with nouns and articles and 1st person singular of high frequency verbs in Early Learning units.
We move on to the use of the possessive, the concept of adjectives, use of the negative form, conjunctions/connectives and introduce the concept of whole regular verb conjugation in Intermediate units.
We end with opinions and introduce the concept of whole high frequency irregular verb conjugation in Progressive units.
Children will be given opportunity for extended writing at the end of the unit and will be given appropriate scaffolding to do so (word banks, WAGOLLS, dictionaries etc)
Children are engaged and excited to learn a modern foreign language and can see the value in communicating with others. They understand that they need to learn the vocabulary, phonics and grammar of a language in order to communicate. They are culturally aware and excited to learn more about other communities. They are equipped with good foundations in order to succeed in Spanish at secondary school and beyond.