The primary scheme of work written by Rachel Hawkes offers the children a carefully planned sequence of lessons drawing on key recommendations from the pedagogy review and the Ofsted languages research report, which highlight the three key knowledge strands phonics, vocabulary and grammar. A linear curriculum has been chosen to allow opportunity for children to gradually build on their skills. The Rachel Hawkes scheme of work enables children to express their ideas and thoughts in Spanish and develop linguistic and communicative competence.
Throughout our Spanish scheme of work, we intend to inspire pupils to develop a love of languages and to expand their horizons to other countries, cultures and people. We aim to help children grow into curious, confident and reflective language learners and to provide them with a foundation that will equip them for further language studies in their future.
Our Spanish curriculum is designed to enable our children to develop linguistic and communicative competence, extend their knowledge of how language works and explore similarities and differences between Spain, any heritage languages our children have, and English.
Our lessons and resources help children to build on prior knowledge alongside the introduction of new skills. A series of lessons are suggested, providing structure and context as well as offering an insight into the culture of Spanish speaking countries and communities. The introduction and focus on the phonics of the language is built into every lesson and revisited in later years. The scheme of work provides adult guidance, accurate language subject knowledge and accompanying audio materials. Children are encouraged and supported to develop their speaking and listening skills through songs, games and conversational work.
Using the full range of resources will increase the profile of languages across the school. We want to ensure that Spanish is loved by teachers and pupils across the school, therefore encouraging them to embark on further language studies. Impact can also be measured through key questioning skills built into lessons, child led assessment and summative assessments aimed at targeting next steps in learning.
For many years, the children in KS2 have learnt French - with great success. After careful consideration, research undertaken by Ofsted and taking into account the local community college's offer for year 7 pupils, we have decided to change the Modern Foreign Language delivered to our children. With immediate effect, KS2 children will begin to learn the rich and exciting Spanish language.
To celebrate the introduction of Spanish as our Modern Foreign Language, we held a Spanish Fiesta on Wednesday 21st September. The children had a wonderful time taking part in various activities celebrating all things Spanish!