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at West Didsbury CE Primary School

Learning a language helps to equip pupils with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life and it encourages pupils to appreciate and celebrate difference (Ofsted, 2021). At West Didsbury CE, we are committed to ensuring that competence in another language enables children to interpret, create and exchange meaning within and across cultures. Spanish is the second most widely spoken language globally in terms of native speakers so proficiency in Spanish opens up a world of opportunity for our pupils.

How do we teach Spanish?

Spanish is taught weekly in Key Stage 2, building on many of the Spanish songs and rhymes children learn in Key Stage 1. The teaching of Spanish provides a successful balance of spoken and written language that lays the foundations for further foreign language acquisition in Key Stage 3. Weekly Spanish lessons at our school are adapted from the Primary Languages Network scheme and focus on the following key areas:

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Phonics
  • Grammar

Lessons may focus on a range of these areas or hone in on an individual element. Through their time in Key Stage 2, children will read aloud to a range of audiences and have the opportunity to take part in a pen pal project with our linked school in Spain. Through regular engagement and participation, we aim to instil competence, confidence and a love of languages.   

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