Here at Ashburnham, we believe that the learning of a Modern Foreign Language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for children. The children develop communication and literacy skills that lay the foundation for future language learning. They develop linguistic competence, extend their knowledge of how language works and explore differences and similarities between the foreign language and English. Learning another language raises awareness of the multilingual and diverse world and introduces an international dimension to pupils’ learning, giving them an insight into their own culture and those of others.
We are very lucky to have native Spanish speakers who help us learn Spanish at
Ashburnham! Children in KS2 are all taught by Miss Perez who is a native Spanish speaker. Mr Garcia, our PE teacher, is also a native Spanish speaker and he uses some Spanish during his PE lessons with all pupils from Nursery to Year 6 to reinforce previous learning and to expose pupils to new Spanish vocabulary. Children in EYFS and KS1 are also further exposed to some Spanish during lessons e.g. register, basic greetings.
A variety of techniques are used to encourage the children to have an active engagement with the foreign language. Games, rhymes, role plays, mime, action songs are all used to encourage enjoyment and participation. The main emphasis is on listening and responding. Linking word to text with early reading practice is also important. Spanish books are used to engage pupils and deepen their learning. Simple writing skills which focus on grammar is taught from Year 3 onwards too. A multi-sensory and kinaesthetic approach to teaching is used with a physical element introduced wherever possible as an aid to understanding and retention. Lessons are fun with success built in at every level to enable children to develop a positive attitude to the learning of a foreign language. Confidence and self-esteem are built through positive reinforcement for any contribution they make, however tentative.