Modern Foreign Languages (Spanish)

At Gossops Green, we believe that learning a language provides an opening to other cultures and deepens pupils’ understanding of the world, as well as contributing to the development of their general linguistic competence through the learning of another language. We recognise its importance as a life-long skill. 

Spanish Curriculum Intent

Progressive layering of knowledge, embedded in long-term memory: 

  • Raise pupils’ awareness of their own language and enable them to make comparisons with the foreign language, thereby enriching their understanding of both
  • Develop their listening skills to enable pupils to understand and respond to spoken language
  • Help children to speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
  • Increase children’s confidence in writing at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures they have learnt.
  • Enable all children to discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied

 Conceptual Understanding

  • Develop an enthusiastic and positive attitude to other languages and language learning
  • Increase cultural understanding by learning about different countries and their people and customs
  • Develop tolerance and understanding of speakers of other languages and cultures
  • Stimulate children’s creativity
  • Support oracy and literacy, both in Spanish and in English which has benefits across the whole curriculum
  • Support and celebrate the international dimension and help children to become global citizens

Spanish Curriculum Implementation

To achieve our intent, our Spanish curriculum will provide the following:

  • Fortnightly lessons from Year 2 upwards, delivered by a Primary Languages Specialist
  • A personalised scheme of work, making use of a wide range of resources to ensure language progression
  • A focus on subject specific vocabulary to equip children with the language to express their knowledge
  • Assessment is used in reference to the National Curriculum objectives and is tracked throughout the year
  • A variety of tools and activities are used to provide evidence of assessment, such as questioning in class, opportunities to share work orally with the class, work produced on whiteboards, written work, listening exercises, participation in games and songs and comments made by children when discussing patterns
  • Work will be adapted appropriately to allow all children to achieve well in this subject

Spanish Curriculum Impact

    • Pupils can discuss their language learning, including strategies and patterns, and are able to see that they are making progress
    • They can remember key vocabulary that they can apply to different topics
    • Pupils can develop language strategies, knowledge and skills which prepare them for future language learning
    • They make substantial progress in the learning of Spanish
    • Pupils feel confident talking in Spanish and asking questions to further their own understanding
    • Pupils develop an interest and curiosity about another country, culture, its people and its language