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Spanish

Intent

At Ainsdale St John’s, we are commited to being 21st century linguists! We are on a quest to become active and responsible learners following the Christian values that Jesus has given us. This includes being citizens of the world who can communicate both with each other and people from other cultures. Through high quality teaching, our pupils are given rich learning experiences into the many and varied aspects of another culture to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding not only of Britain’s values, but of that of the wider world. We provide opportunities for our young language students to work creatively and think critically in order to be inspired to find out more about our European neighbours. Our children are encouraged to take the risks to explore this language, to step outside their comfort zones and challenge themselves to develop fluency in basic
conversation.

At Ainsdale St John’s, we believe that learning Spanish helps pupils gain the skills needed to become citizens of the 21 st century. Being able to speak basic Spanish helps children understand the diversity of our world and by working collaboratively and communicating clearly together, learning Spanish will help them understand their own identify and prepare them for the challenges of their time.

Implementation

The Spanish curriculum is based on the National Curriculum Programmes of study and is using the Language Angels interactive planning scheme. From this, we have carefully designed our own programme of study to ensure progression and repetition in terms of embedding key learning, knowledge and skills.

We use resources and planning from Language Angels alongside proven resources and rhymes to support the teaching of a rich curriculum.  Teaching staff aim to provide children with a clear understanding of what is being taught, continually building progression, fluency and confidence as they journey through the school.

Spanish is taught discretely in Key Stage 2 and during lessons, teachers aim to develop and foster the love of learning another language and ensure that the lessons are as fun and interactive as possible. Children begin to develop their basic conversation skills as soon as they start on their Spanish journey and we aim to embed this further by maintaining our links with the Greenbank Language Leaders and by taking part in ‘La Fiestaval’ each year. Staff also make meaningful links across subjects and link prior knowledge to new knowledge to deepen children’s learning.  We believe that by crafting our curriculum this way, we improve the potential for our children to retain what they have been taught, develop a love of Spanish and thus improve their chances of becoming bilingual by the time they leave high school.

Impact

Teachers are developing the use of knowledge organisers in lessons and this informs their short term planning and helps them provide the best possible support for children.

Progress assessments are made at the end of each topic. 

Monitoring in Spanish includes: book scrutinies, learning walks, pupil and staff voice.  Information gathered is used to gain an accurate understanding of the quality of education in Spanish.

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Ainsdale St. John's CE Primary School

Sandbrook Road, Ainsdale, Southport, PR8 3JE

Mrs McCaughrean|Office Administrator

To arrange a 1:1 tour with the headteacher, Lorna O’Brien, please contact the school office

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