At Isle of Ely Primary School, our children know more and remember more about the wider world in which they live. We work with in partnership with others to ensure that our learners leave Year 6 with the knowledge of the vocabulary, the grammar and the culture reflected in another language that enables them to continue to be successful learners, to foster an understanding and a respect for other cultures and to understand the interrelation between language and human experience.
Children know more and remember more about Spanish language and culture through weekly, discrete Spanish lessons in KS2 taught by class teachers. As the language is new to the school this academic year, each class is learning the same thing as they are all in 'Year 1' of their language learning. As the children progress through the year, there are links made between prior and up-coming learning and the children use knowledge organisers to refer to essential knowledge, key cultural information, core vocabulary (including links with English) and pronunciation guidance.
We use research-informed practice with as much meaningful Spanish input as possible. Teachers use a balance of meaningful input from listening, speaking, reading and writing. There are lots of opportunities to practise with the teacher and in conversation with peers to repeat and recycle the learned Spanish as spoken language leaves a better ‘trace’ and is easier to recall and listening/reading are model processes of good language use. Vocabulary and structures are selected and sequenced with a focus on high-frequency language so that children’s working memories aren’t overloaded. We also include a significant focus on Spanish culture which is important socially, culturally and for wider-understanding. Each unit of assessment ends with a simple assessment.