As stated in the 2014 National Curriculum, the teaching of a foreign language is now compulsory for Key Stage 2 pupils. To this end, Caedmon is developing a Spanish curriculum to deliver to all pupils during this phase in their education. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing.
Languages at Caedmon
Languages form an important part of an ever-changing world. Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages across all of the continents. Through consistent teaching, we hope that by the time the children leave Caedmon they will be proficient in basic Spanish and have established the linguistic foundations necessary to serve them well as they continue to learn Spanish (or perhaps another language altogether) in secondary school.
The academic year starts with a Spanish culture immersion project whereby each class chooses a Spanish speaking country in order to explore their customs and traditions. The children’s findings can then be used by class teachers to link key ideas to those contained within the work we carry out based on British Values.
After this, Key Stage 2 children will take part in weekly sessions that will serve to gradually introduce common vocabulary and familiarity with word and letter sounds (the Spanish phonic structure).
Taught Spanish sessions will place a heavy focus on speaking and listening, with songs, games and activities designed to encourage children to orally rehearse words, phrases and sentences as they play with the ideas inherent in a new language.
Throughout the course of the year, there will be numerous enrichment activities planned by the staff. These might range from inviting Spanish speakers into school to giving children first-hand experience of selected aspects of Spanish culture, such as via a 'food tasting' session.
Through learning specifically about another culture, British Values will naturally be explored as they compliment or contrast with different Spanish speaking cultures from around the world.
Although Spanish does not generally form part of weekly homework tasks, we find that many children are incredibly enthusiastic about learning another language. The BBC Primary Spanish site is a great place to start for simple words and phrases. For older children, or perhaps even for yourself, Duolingo is a superb (100% free) tool to learn Spanish or a huge number of other commonly spoken languages. Other games and matching activities are available.
Languages (in our school's case, Spanish) is not considered a 'core subject' like Maths and Literacy. Children are taught skills from the National Curriculum and the Non-Core Skills Passport. Teachers will use questioning, observation and outcomes of work to assess these skills. Teachers use informal assessments to inform their planning and to plan next steps for children.
Subject Leader: Mr. Wynn