Spanish lessons are held for half an hour once a week in class. They are aligned with the planning to ensure cross curricular learning occurs. There is a progressive development in content where children actively build on their Spanish language knowledge from the previous lesson. Children learn through games, songs and cultural activities.
In Reception children learn greetings, colours, numbers, family members, animals through typical Spanish songs and games.
In Year 1 children review what they learnt in reception and learn more deeply about family, animals, stories in Spanish, clothes or city places.
In Year 2 children start using their vocabulary to make their own learning connections and can remember and learn lots of more words. Children learn vocabulary about objects that can be found in school, about different professions or vehicles. They start learning to describe people such as family members or different professions (such as a doctor, a teacher...) and some Spanish grammar is started to be introduced. Children create their first sentences.
In Year 3 children have lots of vocabulary that are able to use in context. They keep learning new vocabulary and this vocabulary is used in sentences by learning different facts or describing things. Children will be tested in their ability to speak, listen and understand some Spanish related to the theme that they have been learning about.
In Year 1 and Year 3, children are exposed to an art lesson delivered entirely in Spanish. The lesson in given by one native Spanish teacher and occurs on a class rota: half an hour every 2 weeks. These lessons take place in a room designated for languages, where the children can find everything labelled in the objective language. The lessons are planned in order for the children to learn and develop their Spanish skills through a fun and enjoyable environment.
To be immersed in a language is to truly learn it.