Children are introduced to Spanish from the EYFS, predominately through songs, and receive a weekly exposure to the language throughout their time in KS1 based around basic vocabulary areas. This enables the children to develop early language acquisition skills that facilitate their understanding of the patterns of language and how these differ from or are similar to English.
Our approach is to make learning a new language fun! Young pupils are very receptive to learning a new language; they like to mimic pronunciation and they can easily pick up and duplicate new sounds. They feel a real sense of accomplishment when they learn to say something new. Repetition and practice are essential in learning a new language so songs and games such as Simple Simon Says and What’s in the bag? will be regularly used.
In KS2, each class has a timetabled Spanish lesson of 40 minutes per week which uses the Speekee programme to develop the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing within the subject.
At Twickenham Primary Academy, we are committed to ensuring that competence in another language enables children to interpret, create and exchange meaning within and across cultures. It also helps children develop skills that will open further opportunities later in life.
The teaching of French in EYFS, KS1 and KS2 provides an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and lays the foundations for further foreign language teaching at KS3.
Our Year 6 pupils will have a series of taster sessions in lots of different languages including German, Latin and Mandarin. This will excite their curiosity and may help them with choices of what to study at their next schools.