Uno, dos, tres, cuatro.
Children really enjoy their Spanish lessons here at Ainsdale St John's.
We have close links with Greenbank High School (a local language school) and appreciate their support in the teaching of MFL.
The teaching provides an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and lays the foundations for further foreign language teaching at secondary school.
The focus of study in modern languages wil l be on practical communication and teachers use stories, songs, poems and rhymes to help children learn the language
In years 3 and 4 children are taught to:
listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others;
speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
As they get older the children are encouraged to really focus and develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases.
Children are encouraged to broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words and phrases.
They learn how to describe people, places and things and will act out every day scenes such as going shopping.
Older children will write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly.
They are taught the basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high - frequency verbs.
Children are always encouraged to present and perform to a range of audiences and children love being part of La Festival - a celebration of language teaching held each year at Greenbank High. Our children are always commended for the quality of their diction and pronunciation.