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Subject - Languages (Spanish)




Why do we teach what we teach? (Our intent)


At Oak Green School we teach Spanish as part of the KS2 curriculum. We believe that children benefit from learning a foreign language from an early age; the earlier the child is exposed to the chosen language, the easier and faster it is to achieve. Furthermore, through language learning, children gain confidence in oral communication and enjoyment, as well as, improved listening, reading and memorisation skills. Alongside the acquisition of a foreign language, children also build awareness and respect of other cultures and communities. We are fortunate at Oak Green School to have such a diverse, multicultural community, we believe this gives us strength and aim to promote a love of languages which supports this.


How do we teach it? (Our implementation)


Children in KS2 have a weekly 45-minute Spanish lesson. We use the ‘Language Angels’ scheme which includes interactive and engaging teaching materials for all lessons. Children are primarily taught through stories, rhymes, games and songs, all of which are pre-recorded by a native speaker, as well as, written activities which can be differentiated by outcome to enable all children to access learning. Whilst children do learn Spanish grammar and structure, the emphasis is placed on communication and confidence. We strive to give children a varied and realistic experience of language to make it fun, but also relevant to their lives. There is also a strong link with cultural aspects and traditions of countries across the world where Spanish is spoken. Activities involving a love of culture and language are enjoyed by all children across the school on our annual Spanish day.


What is the difference that this makes? (Our impact)


We believe that by delivering quality lessons and experiences which are memorable, worthwhile and challenging, children will become self-aware learners who have a thirst for learning. Children will have a deep love and respect for other cultures and languages and recognise the importance of diversity.