“Becoming an active communicator in the world’s global village”
Our Spanish Curriculum intends to:
Broaden pupils’ horizons by developing a passion for languages and cultures and recognise the additional career opportunities open to people who speak an additional language.
Ensure that every pupil is encouraged and supported to study a language for GCSE.
Encourage a growth mind-set in pupils to learning a new language and develop the confidence to communicate.
Overview of the Course:
The learning of a language encourages respect for other people; it fosters an understanding of the interrelation of language and human nature. Studying any foreign language will broaden minds and give pupils a better insight into the world around us. It will encourage empathy as an individual. It demonstrates openness to society and an ability to communicate with others on all levels. The learning of a language supports an appreciation of cultural diversity.
Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education will foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. This enables pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It also provides opportunities for the pupils to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries
Pupils will continue to study the language they have learnt at Westgate since Year 7. Some pupils choose to continue with a second language. German will also be offered as a GCSE starting in Year 9 (dependant on pupil numbers). Several trips run throughout the year to complement the learning of languages and broaden pupils’ cultural experiences.
Spanish is planned around the half-termly topics, the curriculum provides pupils with the opportunity to learn subject-specific knowledge and understanding, explore links across subject areas and practise their writing.
We deliver discrete short sessions of our target language with pupils from Year 3 building up the time and duration as they become increasingly confident in the vocabulary and tenses.
We will focus on providing an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and should lay the foundations for further foreign language teaching at Key Stage 3. It will enable pupils to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing, focused on familiar and routine matters, using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary.
The focus of our study in Spanish will be on practical communication.
Pupils wil be taught to:
listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help
speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases
present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences
read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary
write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly
describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing
understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English.