At St Augustine’s, we recognise that our students are rarely exposed to Spanish and that means that a big part of our work is to create a base that will sustain their future learning. We consider this lack of exposure outside of the school environment and we plan taking that into account. Incorporating real life situations and interactive activities help us to bring Spanish to life, and make it more enjoyable and closer to the children. As the national curriculum says “The teaching should provide an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and should lay the foundations for further foreign language teaching at key stage 3. The focus of study in modern languages will be on practical communication” We are creating a base of knowledge that can be extended during their next stages of learning. These principles are embedded in our curriculum as our main objective is to create and enriched multi-sensory approach that brings Spanish to life and makes it more accessible to the children. We are creating a base of knowledge that can be extended during their next stages of learning.
We also acknowledge that most of our pupils speak English as a second or third language and this fact will direct their acquisition process. For example, we have found out that Arabic shares many similar words with Spanish, and these kinds of connections interest the children and spark their motivation.
Aims- pupils should be able to
Our curriculum is a living document, everchanging and growing. We adapt the planning and activities to the reality of our students. Currently, their attainment level is quite similar but we expect to be able to make their learning objectives more complex as they progress through school. We are very much focused on familiar and routine matters like for example the school environment, family members, body parts and clothes. This will enable them to understand the learned concepts and incorporate them to their prior knowledge in an easier way.