Our children’s attitude towards Spanish, and languages in general, is extremely positive. Our children agree that learning and speaking other languages is exceptionally valuable and they take great pride using the target language. We ensure they also understand how important it is to know about other cultures, traditions and celebrations. We encourage our pupils to develop a love for languages and to have high ambitions and aspirations for themselves in terms of their future lives and careers.
How we teach Spanish
At Chesterton Spanish is taught from Year 3 to Year 6 once a week. The lesson is delivered by the MFL Specialist Teacher in liaison with the class teacher. Children also benefit from a catch up Spanish session delivered by their class teachers once a week.
Children learn Spanish through songs, grammar games, stories in the target language and role-plays. Children are also exposed to Spanish reading and writing tasks, helping them to develop an understanding of how languages work. Most of the Spanish sessions are delivered in the target language, allowing our children to improve their speaking and listening skills in Spanish.
We integrate Spanish as much as possible during the school day. Children are very familiar using the Spanish calendar and doing the register in Spanish. We provide our children with extra-curricular MFL opportunities such as workshops about Hispanic themes, a lunchtime enrichment club and the Spanish after school club.
Our link with Villalpando, our partner school in Spain, is providing our pupils with great opportunities to write with a purpose in the target language, to use spontaneous talk and to raise curiosity for the world abroad.