At Southmead Primary School we believe that learning a Modern Foreign Language contributes to children’s learning and development by increasing critical thinking skills, creativity and flexibility of mind in young children. Children at Southmead start learning Spanish in EYFS and continue developing their language skill and cultural understanding all the way through Key Stage 1 and 2.
In Spanish lessons all children are encouraged to participate actively and perform with their peers which develops self-confidence and encourages positive attitudes. Authentic resources such as videos, books and songs are used to provide all children with secure bridges into the real world of authentic, native-like use of Spanish.
At Southmead children have the opportunity to take part into international projects where we learn about different cultures. They also celebrate popular Spanish fiestas and traditions and enjoy working alongside international partner schools (Spain) in order to deepen their intercultural understanding and broaden children’s horizons.
Languages are becoming increasingly important today, especially within such a multicultural city as London. At Southmead we believe that learning Spanish and expanding children’s cultural understanding will open doors and help them in later careers.
In Spanish children will enrich their cultural understanding by learning about different countries and their customs through videos, songs, visitors etc. They will learn and have fun performing and celebrating traditions and “fiestas” from other countries.
In Spanish a wide range of resources are used to develop children’s language skills such as talking tins, Ipads, bilingual books and authentic Spanish resources.
Children can further enjoy language at after school club, where they learn further Spanish and Portuguese!
Children at Southmead Primary School will have the chance to collaborate on projects with International Schools.
Year 1 have been learning class instructions, numbers up to 10 and how to use colours to describe objects. They specially enjoy learning the numbers and the class instructions song.
Year 2 have been learning vowel phonics. They have listened to and read along the book “ Osos Pardo” with the special Spanish visitor from Yr 5. They have learnt the name of the animals from the book and use them in sentences. Yr 2 can identify feminine and masculine nouns and use the appropriate indefinite article in order to say “ a” and “some” ( un/una/unos/unas) for each noun. They also learnt how to make nouns plural in Spanish.
Year 3 have been learning how to ask and for class objects using the question ask 'Do you have a..?' and respond. They have embed the difference between masculine and feminine nouns and articles .They specially enjoy learning the days of the week and numbers up to 31 using spelling patterns .
Year 4 have learnt the parts of the face in Spanish. They have begun to understand that adjectives will change according to the noun they are related to. They have learnt adjectives for describing hair & eyes and have combined them with nouns to describe faces using full sentences that include conjunctions. They specially enjoyed practising how to make questions, positive and negative descriptive sentences by playing guess who in Spanish.
Year 5 have learnt vocabulary of food and drinks, how to say what time and what they have for their breakfast .They learnt how to give opinions about different food and drinks and they started conjugating a regular–AR verb “to have breakfast” and use it into sentences. We have improved our reading skills by reading texts with most familiar words and some unfamiliar words to locate and retrieve information from them. We have improved our speaking and writing by learning different ways to spell key sounds.
Year 6 have Learnt different the types of music and instruments and they have given opinions about them. They have learnt to conjugate some high frequency verbs and how to use them in sentences alongside adverbs, nouns, adjectives and conjunctions.
To also learnt how to use a bilingual dictionary and they were able to speak to an audience with accurate pronunciations.
Click here to read more information about our achievement as a school of the 'Intermediate Level for Developing Internationalism' in the Summer of 2018.
Click here to read how Spanish at Southmead contributes to children's development in SMSC.