“The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.”
– Ludwig Wittgenstein
Why is learning a language important?
Learning a foreign language widens the pupils view of the world, exposes them to other cultures and enables deeper and more meaningful connections to the globalised world they live in. Language learning allows pupils at Saint Aidan's to foster their creativity, learn a new way of thinking and gain a greater understanding of the diversity of people, their cultures and traditions.
When is Spanish taught?
In Key Stage 1 there are no formal Spanish lessons however the children learn basic greetings, numbers and songs in Spanish. In Key Stage 2, the lessons are highly structured. There are 6 thematic units of work for every year group- pupils complete 2 units per term and each unit has an individual learning focus and clear line of progression.
Key Stage 2 Overview
Making a card for mummy
Making a card for mummy
Action Song/recognising repeated language within a story
In the Fruit Shop
Meet & Greet
|Time to Eat
|People Around Me
|All About School
|Tell Me When
|The Wider World
All About Me
|The Way We Look
|In The Classroom
Exploring A Spanish Town
|At the Shops
|At what time?
|Our Wonderful World
|To The Next Adventure
National Curriculum Links
In Key Stage 2, through our curriculum, the children are taught to:
- listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
- explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
- engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help*
- speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
- develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases
- present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences
- read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
- appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
- broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary
- write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly
- describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing