Y5 got the chance to show off their fantastic Spanish skills today. They went to a Spanish workshop with 2 other schools and competed in quizzes, a Spanish treasure hunt and a variety of fun games to apply their spoken and verbal skills.
The children were an absolute credit to our school and were fantastic at arithmetic with 3 digit numbers…..in Spanish of course!
The 2014 National Curriculum states that:
‘Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world.’ This underpins our aims for MFL teaching at Our Lady Immaculate.
We believe that learning a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for all pupils in our care. Pupils develop communication and literacy skills that lay the foundation for future language learning.
MFL is a compulsory element of the 2014 National Curriculum. Children across Key Stage Two have a weekly 30 minute session delivered by our Spanish Assistant, Senorita Eva Toro. They also complete short follow up activities each week with their class teacher.
Children in Key Stage One also have a fortnightly 30 minute session with Eva too, equipping them with the vocabulary and skills for the compulsory Key Stage Two Curriculum.
The younger children in Foundation Stage begin to develop speaking and listening skills in Spanish through informal, short activities each week, delivered by their class teacher/key worker. We believe this early acquisition of language skills will lay firm foundations for a love of language learning and further language studies in the future.
Spanish sessions at OLI are fun, interactive and develop speaking, listening and conversational skills, as the children progress they begin to develop skills in reading and writing in Spanish by the end of Key Stage Two.
Autumn term Spanish
Throughout this term all children have worked extremely hard to learn and apply their skills during lessons in a range of ways that include, playing games, singing songs, using the IWB and reading and writing.
As there has been a change in staffing we were very sad to say goodbye to Eva and have met many professionals who have supported us throughout the term. As we reach the end of the term we know we will have a permanent member of staff with us from January.
We have bought some exciting new resources to use in the New Year and are showing them off with a new Spanish themed display that is a working progress.