At St. John’s, we recognise that learning a foreign language provides an opening to learn about other cultures and broaden our children’s horizons. Our teaching of Spanish aims to 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. Learning a language fosters pupils’ curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world. Being able to speak another language allows access to new and exciting opportunities for the future. We want our children to be able to use their language skills and be confident to communicate with people of different languages. Exposure to a foreign language at a young age provides the foundation for learning other languages in the future.
Our Spanish learning is centred on speaking and listening. Our children particularly appreciate the stories, songs and rhymes that they learn in Spanish. Conversation practise is interwoven throughout all lessons enabling children to speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.
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Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world. Spanish not only allows access to Spain and many different islands but also most South American countries and increasingly large parts of the United States of America. We have chosen Spanish as a language that will enable our children to explore many parts of our wonderful world.
We aim to provide as many opportunities as possible for our children to practise their Spanish speaking. The children plan, prepare for and carry out exciting experiences including a Spanish Pet Show in Y4 and a Spanish Café run by Y6.
The learning of Spanish at St. John’s encourages spirituality as it provides a perfect opportunity for children who are eager to explore boundaries of ‘beyond’ and discovering purpose to their learning.
Learning Spanish helps our children to develop confidence in themselves and their communication. It helps to broaden their horizons by introducing them to new and exciting places they may have not heard of or have been before. Sharing of experiences by both adults and children, allows them to hear about other people’s experiences of Spanish speaking places. Learning Spanish in a fun and interactive way is helping to build a generation open to and enthusiastic to learn new languages, meet people from different countries and explore new cultures.