At The Oaks Primary School we are committed to the teaching of foreign languages as we understand and appreciate the benefits they can bring. Languages are a skill for life which helps children to develop communications skills and improves their knowledge of the intricacies of language, using key skills of speaking, listening reading and writing.
We believe the learning of languages should be fun and rewarding for all children and we hope that learning a second language at an early age will give our students the confidence to ‘have a go’ whether that be in work or on holiday.
These wonderful quotations sum up what can be achieved:
“With languages, you are at home anywhere.” – Edmund De Waal
“One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.” – Frank Smith
All Key Stage 2 pupils must now learn a second language as part of the National Curriculum and we have chosen to teach Spanish. In Key Stage Two, the children learn basic conversational skills and phrases through dedicated lesson time. Spanish objectives are set in Year 3,4,5 and 6 to ensure progression in speaking, listening and reading and writing.
The intention of the Spanish curriculum at The Oaks is that children are taught to develop an interest in learning other languages in a way that is enjoyable and stimulating. We encourage children’s confidence, we strive to stimulate and encourage children’s curiousity about language. Children are encouraged to develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries alongside their British values. We strive to embed the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing necessary to enable children to use and apply their Spanish learning in a variety of contexts and lay the foundations for future language learning.
Our MFL curriculum is designed to progressively develop children skills in languages, through regular taught lessons. Children progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary organised around topics.
Please access our Spanish knowledge organisers and circuit breakers activities to gain an insight into our MFL coverage and to support your children at home.
Home learning activities
Another useful website to support your child in learning Spanish is the BBC website (link opens in new browser window).