Subject Lead: Fielding Ronshaughen
Spanish lessons are taught throughout school by our specialist Spanish teacher, Fielding Ronshaughen.
At Stanley Grove there are many children that already know multiple languages. One of the main aims of the Spanish curriculum is to support children in developing a life-long love of learning languages.
Stanley Grove’s Spanish curriculum has been created to emphasise communication and speaking and listening skills. The key aims are for children to develop:
Our breadth is based on a range of programmes, such as La Jolie Ronde, Rockalingua and Calico Spanish for kids. It also includes a wide variety of songs from Rockalingua, Super Simple Español and Calico Spanish. Classroom activities are devised by our specialist teacher and are based on research of current Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) teaching. Where possible, the Spanish breadth links to learning taking place in other subjects. For example, where children study a Science unit about animals they also study the Spanish unit ‘Los Animales’. Children become familiar with a range of high-quality original language Spanish books and bilingual books and these are supplemented by well-known songs and stories in translation. Online translators and Duolingo are used where appropriate to support independent learning.
We use the ‘Essentials’ curriculum to ensure coverage of key skills, as it incorporates and expands on the 2014 National Curriculum guidance for the teaching of MFL. There are four threshold concepts in the ‘Essentials’ curriculum for MFL and these are revisited within and across year groups, ensuring progression.
In Reception, an emphasis is placed on speaking and listening with an aim for children to begin to understand where Spanish is spoken around the world and that different countries have different languages. In addition, lessons include the following: