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“To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world.”

At Joseph Cash we are fortunate to have a wide range of languages spoken by the children here and this year we are excited to add to our rich culture by introducing our new modern foreign language; Spanish. The school had previously focused on French but after working closely with our local primary and secondary schools, we feel that Spanish would better prepare our children for transition after year 6.

Curriculum Design 

The new scheme will begin in September 2019 and will initially focus on introducing the 16 phonics sounds to children from years 3-6. These will be used as a reference point for their future learning in Spanish, throughout their time at Joseph Cash and into secondary school. Once the children are confident with their phonic sounds, we will then gradually build in chunks of language as they progress through Key Stage 2 to develop their confidence and fluency in the core areas as specified in our new scheme of learning which has been developed with the support of a language specialist from President Kennedy.

Research has shown that children who learn languages in chunks, rather than single words, are more successful in retaining this information and are more able to recognise it in written and spoken forms We are hoping that by basing our new curriculum on developing their knowledge and understanding of Spanish phonics, then introducing chunks (a sequence of 4-5 words), the children will become more confident language learners which is a key feature of the new Ofsted framework.

We have currently mapped out the first term of our new curriculum and we will review the progress, with feedback from children and teachers, in December 2019. We will then plan the next two terms based on this. We are at the beginning or our exciting learning journey with Spanish and we can’t wait to see where it takes us!

After launching the changes to the curriculum in September, the children have really enjoyed the new style of lessons and are able to recognise and reproduce the phonic sounds. It has been wonderful to see how positively this has been embraced by all the children and staff and we hope this energy and enthusiasm continues into the future.  

 Skills, Knowledge and Progression 

 All Spanish sessions begin with the learning and application of phonic sounds. 

Learning in Action 

I love learning Spanish, it is really fun and learning the sounds and then the words has helped me to remember the pronunciation of the words better. 

 

Planning and Implementation 

To find out more about how Spanish is delivered across school and within each year group click the boxes below. 

Vocabulary progression  

Termly Overview  

 

Knowledge, Skills and Understanding breakdown for Foreign Languages: Using the Languages Ladder

 

 

Listening

Speaking

Reading

Writing

 

 

 

Early Stage

Grade 1

-Do they understand a few familiar spoken words and phrases?
-Can they say and repeat single words in short and simple phrases?

 

-Can they recognise and read out a few familiar words and phrases?
-Can they write or copy simple words or symbols correctly?

Grade2

-Do they understand a range of familiar spoken phrases?
-Can they answer simple questions and give basic information?
-Can they understand and read out familiar written phrases?
-Can they write one or two short sentences to a model?
-Can they fill in the words on a simple form?

Grade3

 

-Do they understand the main points from a short spoken passage made up of familiar language?
-Can they ask and answer simple questions and talk about their interests?
-Can they understand the main points from a short written text in clear printed script?
-Can they write a few short sentences with support, using expressions which have already been learnt?

 

 

 

 

On completing the early stage

Should be able to understand a basic range of everyday expressions relating to personal details and needs. May need to listen several times to get the information needed, depending how fast the speaker talks. Should have some understanding of a few simple grammatical structures and sentence patterns. Should be familiar with the sound system of the language. Should be aware how to address people both formally and informally as appropriate.

Should be able to use basic range of everyday expression relating to personal details and needs. Pronunciation may not always be completely accurate but meaning will be clear. Should be able to understand and use a few simple grammatical structures and sentence patterns. Should be familiar with the sound system of the language. Should be aware of how to address people both formally and informally as appropriate.

Should be able to understand a basic range of everyday expressions relating to personal details and needs. Should have some understanding of a few simple grammatical structures and sentence patterns. Should be familiar with the writing system of the language. Should be aware of how to address people both formally and informally as appropriate.

Should be able to use a basic range of everyday expressions relating to personal details and needs. Spelling may not always be completely accurate but meaning will be clear. Should be able to understand and use a few simple grammatical structures and sentence patterns. Should be familiar with the writing system of the language. Should be aware of how to address people both formally and informally as appropriate.

 

 

Prelim Stage

 

Grade

4

 

-Do they understand the main points and some of the detail from a spoken passage made up of familiar language in simple sentences?
-Can they take part in a simple conversation and express their own opinions?
-Can they understand the main points and some detail from short written texts in familiar contexts?
-Can they write a short text on a familiar topic, adapting language which they have already learned?

Grade

5

 

-Do they understand the main points and opinions in spoken passages made up of familiar material from various contexts?
-Can they give a short prepared talk, on a topic of their choice, including expressing their opinions?
-Can they understand the main points and opinions in written texts from various contexts?
-Can they write a short text on a range of familiar topic, using simple sentences?