Spanish at Our Lady of Lourdes
At Our Lady of Lourdes we teach Spanish to all Key Stage 2 (KS2) children and have also done introductory Spanish lessons in Key Stage 1 (KS1). We consider teaching a Modern Foreign Language to be important because:
Many children really enjoy learning to speak another language. The earlier a child is exposed to a foreign language, the faster the language is acquired. Primary school children are more prepared to speak a foreign language, as they are less self conscious at this stage of their development.
It is widely believed that the early acquisition of a foreign language facilitates the learning of other foreign languages later in life. There are so many advantages of learning a foreign language, which is fast becoming an essential skill in the world in which we live in. The ability to speak a second language increases your attention span, exercises your brain, increases memory retention and allows the development of self-confidence.
Our aims in teaching a modern foreign language are:
- To foster an interest in learning other languages.
- To raise awareness that languages, other than English exist.
- To develop positive attitudes to other languages and cultures.
- To introduce young children to another language in a way that is enjoyable.
- To introduce children to simple vocabulary and structures which can be used in a variety of contexts during the normal school day, thus developing confidence.
- To make young children aware that language has structure, and of the similarities and differences between one language and another.
We aim to allow children to develop their skills and knowledge in Spanish, through speaking, listening, reading and writing, from their starting point in Year 3 right through until the end of Year 6. The Modern Foreign Languages Curriculum Map shows the different topics that each year group will cover this year.
Why is Spanish an important language to learn?
Spanish is the second most spoken language by native speakers in the world, with more than 400 million Spanish speakers in 21 countries.
Spanish has emerged as the most important language for the UK in an analysis made by the British Council.
The vast range of countries that speak Spanish makes an understanding of the language very useful for those who want to travel and experience such countries. Knowing the local language can greatly enhance our children’s experience if they do visit, allowing them a greater understanding and appreciation of culture, history and the physical environment.
Plenty of aspects of culture in the Spanish-speaking world have become world-renowned and famous. Our children study artists such as Pablo Picasso, who has produced some of the most famous pieces of artwork in the modern era.
Languages Fiestaval 2019!
On Wednesday 3rd April 2019, a group of children from the three Year 6 classes represented Our Lady of Lourdes in the annual Greenbank High Languages Fiestaval. This was the fourth year that our school has participated and the children performed an acting sketch and a song about different modes of transport that are used to get to school. Miss Ross and Mrs Cox, who took the children, were extremely proud, as every child represented the school impeccably, showing their wonderful behaviour. Well done!
European Day of Languages 2019
For this year’s European Day of Languages, each year group was given a different country to study and try to replicate their national dress. Year 2 even dressed up in traditional home-made costumes! Check out our display which shows some of the fantastic work done by children from across the school!
European Day Of Languages 2018
To celebrate the European Day of Languages, each year group was allocated a famous European landmark to study. The children were asked to create some form of artwork to represent the landmark they were given.
Nursery and Reception – Stonehenge (England)
Year 1 – Eiffel Tower (France)
Year 2 – Big Ben (England)
Year 3 – The Brandenburg Gate (Germany)
Year 4 – The Colosseum (Italy)
Year 5 – The Acropolis (Greece)
Year 6 – La Sagrada Familia (Spain)
In Year 6, the children have been learning about how to discuss their likes and dislikes, especially about school subjects. Mrs Cox was so impressed with the way in which the children could share their opinions and justify their responses. Have a look at some of our example tweets!
Spanish Presentations - Places in the town
After learning about the different places in the town, the children in Year 5 produced detailed posters, full of the new vocabulary they had learnt. They also wrote sentences in groups, saying which places they liked and disliked, using the verb ‘gustar’ and the conjunction ‘porque’.They presented their work to Year 4, who thought it was fantastic!