At Westglade we teach Spanish weekly from Year 3 to Year 6. Each year we build on our prior knowledge of different topics in order to enhance our language skills. Spanish coverage is clearly mapped out in such a way to allow for this development and for us to embed our oral, receptive and translation skills. We also widen our knowledge of Spanish speaking countries and cultures through additional enrichments.
In Year 3, we have begun teaching Spanish for the first time and the children are loving learning a new language. The children have learned to introduce themselves and to be able to greet each other in Spanish, using a variety of simple phrases. They know the numbers 1-10 and are challenging themselves to know the numbers 1-15 securely by Christmas. They know and can respond to basic classroom commands and are currently learning and reinforcing their recall of colours.
Come and have a look at our Spanish display board in the main corridor near the hall to have a better look at our hard work!
In Year 4, we have recapped introducing ourselves and now confidently know our numbers 1-20. We are challenging ourselves to know all of the numbers 1-50 by Christmas. We have enjoyed our topic on family and writing descriptions of our families in Spanish. We have been translating descriptions about families, as well as recapping our knowledge of animals (pets).
In Year 6, we have been very busy recapping our greetings, key phrases, commands and knowing our numbers confidently to 100. We now know the names of some zoo animals and the parts of the face and body. We can now create descriptions of people using our knowledge of these body parts and we really enjoyed our fun activities to help us learn the vocabulary!
Westglade has now successfully held 2 Spanish theme days where the children have experienced the Spanish culture in a variety of ways, including tasting traditional Spanish food, taking part in flamenco and salsa dance sessions and learning about Spanish festivals celebrated in different Spanish speaking countries. The children really enjoyed coming together in an assembly at the end of the theme days to celebrate what they had made and discovered.
Ways of learning
We teach our Spanish lessons at Westglade in a fun and interactive way that encourages all of our children to take part. We learn new vocabulary through songs and games like Gladiator and Matching Pairs, which has really helped the children to progress further and more quickly in their understanding of the Spanish language. Some songs they have particularly enjoyed are: