Our Overview of Learning
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, this is the first year of learning Spanish as a Modern Foreign Language (MFL) and the children have been very enthusiastic about learning a new language that is different to their own. The children have learned lots of topics through this first year including being able to introduce themselves and 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 1-20 securely by the end of Year 3. They know and can respond to basic classroom commands and enjoyed learning and reinforcing their recall of colours. Year 3 have been very busy also learning the days of the week, months of the year, how to tell the time on the hour and half past the hour, clothes and how to say what they are wearing and using their colours knowledge to help them, as well as completing work on the parts of their face, their hobbies and have begun their new topic all about their family. Year 3 children simply love the interactive games that are played to help with their vocabulary retention and these have certainly proved a success in the children being able to communicate simple sentences in Spanish.
In Year 4, we have recapped introducing ourselves and now confidently know our numbers 1-20 and have been progressing to know our numbers from 20-40 with a greater recall of the numbers in Spanish. We have achieved this through learning some catchy songs and we are aiming to challenge ourselves to know all of the numbers 1-50 by the end of Year 4. We have enjoyed our topics on family and writing descriptions of our families in Spanish, as well as including our knowledge of pets. We have been translating descriptions about families, as well as recapping our knowledge of time and progressing to learning quarter past times too. The children loved finding out about different fruits and vegetables and through use of role-play practised ordering these foods, as if they were in a Spanish market. This linked in well with the topic we are currently learning about which is shops you would find on the High Street.
In Year 5, we have recapped our knowledge of greetings, key phrases and classroom commands. We can say our numbers 1-50 with growing confidence and are working on knowing our numbers to 100 securely by the end of Year 5. We have completed work on farmyard animals and have revisited describing pets by linking this to being able to say if anyone in our family has a pet too and using our number knowledge to say how many they have. The children have especially enjoyed finding out about what Spanish people like to eat and creating menus of their own using role-play to help them practise the pronunciation of the vocabulary. They have just begun the topic of time where they will recap how to tell the time to include quarter to the hour times, which are a little more challenging to learn how to say. This will then help the children to describe their school day and daily routine using a variety of times.
In Year 6, we have been very busy recapping our greetings, key phrases, commands and knowing our numbers confidently to 100, using a variety of interactive games, songs and through the use of role-play. We now know the names of parts of the face and body and can create short descriptions of people using our knowledge of these body parts. The children really enjoyed their fun activities to help them learn the vocabulary, which included placing post-it notes on where they thought those body parts were- a lot of the time they weren’t where they thought they were! The children especially enjoyed our topic of family where we used research from our own family trees to create sentences about the relationships between the people on the family tree. They also liked designing Spanish menus to practise their knowledge of food and being able to order food, as well as a table in a restaurant. Year 6 are incredibly creative, so it was no surprise that they excelled in creating some stunning artwork from their topic about Costa Rica. Many children have their own questions they want to find out about this Spanish speaking country and have been challenged to research these on their own and report back. I look forward to hearing what they have found out!
Westglade has successfully held 2 Spanish theme days in previous years 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. There will be more opportunities in the coming months to take part in Spanish themed activities.
Spanish Online Learning Challenge
In September, as part of the work begun from International Languages Day on 26th September, the children were challenged to take part by completing different activities designed to get them really engaging with the Spanish language, its culture and to be able to share this with their family by some of the challenges being designed to teach their family tasks in Spanish too. Some children were able to sing 'Happy Birthday' in Spanish, some found out facts about Spanish sporting heroes and one child baked an amazing traditional Spanish cake with her grandma - it was delicious!
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:
Games you may find fun to play and help you to practise your Spanish at home: