Modern Foreign Language – Spanish

Intent

At St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School the core language taught is Spanish. It is our intention that all children in Key Stage 2 will access quality teaching of Spanish from our school’s language specialist in order to adequately prepare them for Key Stage 3. Key Stage 1 children will be introduced to Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) through exploring other languages informally when appropriate. We have developed a bespoke MFL curriculum, which covers all the components of the national curriculum’s programme of study and the key skills that meets the current needs of our pupils here at St. Joseph’s.

Implementation

We use the national curriculum statutory requirements for MFL to create medium term plans. These plans are used as an overview and outline the objectives of the Spanish language to be taught across Key Stage 2 during the academic year.

We also use a scheme of work which forms the short term planning and delivery for this subject. We use these plans to break down the statutory objectives and requirements into a sequence of progressive and age appropriate lessons which build on our pupils’ previous learning. We use the scheme of work alongside our progression in Spanish skills document to plan for the particular skills to be taught within the lessons and across the Key Stage.

When delivering our language we make links, when appropriate, to work in other subjects such as Geography, History, Music, English and RE. In a typical Spanish lesson our pupils are provided with time to:

  • review and consolidate previous knowledge
  • discuss objectives, key vocabulary and success criteria
  • listen to songs, rhymes, poems and instructions in Spanish
  • identify and develop (build on) knowledge and understanding
  • develop key skills
  • take part in independent and collaborative tasks
  • self-evaluate and review their learning and that of others

Throughout the year we also provide opportunities for our pupils to increase their cultural capital and enhance their language skills through our annual International Food Festival and themed weeks.

Impact

The impact of the teaching of Spanish on our pupils means that the majority of children:

  • achieve age related expectations by the end of the academic year
  • begin to develop confidence when communicating in Spanish through speaking, listening, reading and writing
  • recognise and use key Spanish vocabulary when speaking, listening, reading and writing
  • retain and retrieve the knowledge and skills that are particular to the learning of a modern foreign language

We also conduct short formal written and informal conversational assessments on the areas covered throughout the half-term. This information is used to help evaluate pupil progress within the subject and to inform the subsequent planning of lessons and activities. Although these assessments are carried out on a half-termly basis, our specialist Spanish teacher evaluates pupils’ knowledge and understanding within lessons and on a week by week basis. Having this approach not only enables our pupils to learn, know and remember more but also helps to prepare them for any future language study in Key Stage 3.

Skills Progression

Year 3 

Listening
  • Begin to listen attentively and show understanding by joining in and responding, e.g. respond confidently to greetings, register, classroom instructions
  • Link the spelling, sound and meaning of words by applying phonics knowledge
Speaking
  • Engage in conversations; ask and answer questions, including greetings, names, ages and how are you today?
  • Seek clarification and help, e.g. signal a problem.
  • Speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures by using simple verb forms.
Reading
  • Appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language.
  • Read and show understanding of words, phrases and simple texts, e.g. match sound to text with familiar words.
  • Begin to develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are using familiar words or phrases.
Writing
  • Describe people, places, things and actions orally, e.g. describe animals with colours.
  • Recognise and begin to respond to the written form of familiar vocabulary.
  • Make links between Spanish phonemes and spellings.
  • Begin to write familiar words and phrases from memory.
Grammar
  • Focus on active use of articles in the singular with masculine and feminine nouns.
  • Form plural nouns.
  • Use simple adjectives.

Year 4

Listening
  • To listen attentively and show understanding by joining in and responding, e.g. dates, birthdays, times tables and simple calculations.
Speaking
  • Engage in conversations; ask and answer questions, including birthdays, ages, dates and times.
  •  Express simple opinions and respond to those of others.
  • Seek clarification and help.
  • Describe people, places, things and actions orally, e.g. describe pictures/paintings in terms of their shapes and position.
Reading
  • Develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when reading aloud or using familiar words/phrases.
  • Present their ideas and information to a range of audiences.
  • Appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language.
Writing
  • Use of plural nouns.
  • Recognise and respond to the written form of familiar vocabulary.
  • Make links between Spanish phonemes and spellings by developing phonics knowledge and confidence.
  • Write familiar words and phrases from memory.
Grammar
  • Use of plural nouns.
  • Use adjectives with more confidence.
  • Conjugation of key verbs, e.g. retell a story with 3rd person ar verbs.

Year 5

Listening
  • Understand and respond to a specific range of classroom instructions.
  • Understand and respond to movement instructions.
Speaking
  • Ask and answer questions, including times, meals, food likes and dislikes.
  • Speak in sentences, e.g. say what you like to eat and drink and why.
Reading
  • Begin to read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing.
  • Read aloud with accurate pronunciation.
  • Appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language.
  • Know parts of a dictionary and use this to find the meanings of new words.
Writing
  • Begin to adapt phrases to create new sentences.
  • Broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material.
  • Describe people, places, things and actions orally and begin to in writing, e.g. eating, drinking at different times.
Grammar
  • Focus on active use of definite articles with verbs of like/dislike
  • Conjugation of key verbs, e.g. use 1st person

Year 6

Listening
  • Understand a range of spoken opinions heard in sentences and short texts.
  • Anticipate with some accuracy the spelling of new words they hear.
Speaking
  • Ask and answer questions about likes and dislikes on a range of topics and opinions on a variety of things.
  • Recognise key features and patterns of the language and how to apply these to build sentences; and how these are different and similar to English.
  • Express reasons for opinions using adjectives.
Reading
  • Read aloud with accurate pronunciation, e.g. pronounce countries, things that countries are famous for, locations in Spain, when reading aloud from text or from a map.
  • Appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language.
  • Use a dictionary to research new nouns and adjectives and use them actively in sentences.
Writing
  • Write phrases from memory confidently, and adapt these to create new sentences.
  • Describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing, e.g. describe the geographical features of Spain, describe where things are.
Grammar
  • Accurate gender and article use, singular and plural.
  • Understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including: feminine, masculine, and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs.
  • Use subordinating connectives.