We are incredibly lucky at Panshanger to be taught by a specialist Spanish teacher, Señora Kay, in Years 3, 4, 5 & 6.
The curriculum is based on the statutory guidelines for KS2, as outlined in the National Curriculum Framework, and is referenced to the learning objectives of the non-statutory KS2 Framework for Languages.
Learning a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for pupils, and prepares them to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly carried out in languages other than English.
At Panshanger we start our formal MFL teaching at KS2 with the aim of :
- fostering an interest in learning other languages
- stimulating and encouraging children’s curiosity about language, in an enjoyable and engaging way
- promoting intercultural understanding
- laying the foundations for future study
In Key Stage 2, children have 45 minutes of discrete language teaching per week and additional follow-up activities, and will learn to develop the four language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing with the main focus on oracy
These skills will be achieved through a range of themed activities incorporating: songs, games, interactive stories, role play and use of relevant writing and computer exercises, to consolidate learning.
ICT is used in language lessons to motivate pupils, by providing examples of model pronunciation and offering the opportunity to practise new language skills interactively. The school strives to use community and other links to expose pupils to native speakers, whenever possible.
Estrellas de la semana – Stars of the Week
Each week Señora Kay chooses an “estrella de la semana”from each class. These stars of the week are celebrated with a certificate in assembly, they are pupils who have shown an high level of participation, effort and confidence in the Spanish lesson.
Year 3 continued to work hard at speaking and writing about animals and food. They made their own pages in Spanish for the story Dear Zoo (Querido Zoo) and sequenced the story of the Very Hungry Caterpillar (La Oruga Muy Hambrienta).
Y4 have been learning how to describe faces and learned the Spanish version of the song Heads, Shoulders Knees and Toes (check out the video link at the top of the page). They enjoyed playing the describing game Guess Who – In Spanish!
The focus in Y5 and 6 has been on the language of shape and position and involved looking at the work of the famous artist Juan Miró. More recently they have worked on the language of breakfast foods and the children have learnt how to say what they, and others, like and dislike.