Spanish at St. Matthias
‘A different language is a different vision of life’ – Federico Fellini
‘You can never understand one language until you understand at least two.’ – Geoffrey Willans
Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.
In St Matthias, we used communicative approach whenever it is possible. This approach is based on the idea that learning language successfully comes through having to communicate real meaning. When children are involved in real communication, their natural strategies for language acquisition will be used, and this will allow them to learn to use the language. For example, we practise greetings in a natural conversation, buying in a shop or asking information.
We choose different topics that are interesting for children (their city, describe themselves, talk about themselves, talk about their pets, their routine…) and we build some vocabulary using songs, worksheets and games, in order to give confidence to children to later use that vocabulary in a real communication.
In KS1 those topics are more basic and are learnt by songs, games, rhymes and storytelling, whereas in KS2, they challenge themselves and children are able to work with projects to practice the topics they have learnt.
Not only children learn about language, but they also learn different traditions, culture and ways of living. Children will learn different traditions in Spanish speaking countries, geography, and famous people from different cultures.
Please click here to see the Spanish curriculum overview.