modern Foreign languages
Intent: Why do we teach Spanish at Westbury on Trym C of E Academy?
At Westbury on Trym, we want to open the eyes of our children to other cultures and foster a curiosity and understanding of the world around them. We want all the children to have a passion, love and respect for other languages as well as their own. Learning about other cultures, their customs and traditions encourages our children to think about the world from a different point of view and we feel that learning a language helps children to have a better understanding of their place in the world.
All children at Westbury on Trym have the opportunity to learn Spanish. The modern foreign languages curriculum at Westbury provides a firm foundation for future language learning, equipping children with the essential skills and positive attitude to become lifelong language learners. It also opens a window into English, encouraging children to reflect on the vocabulary, grammar and historical development of English and other languages that they may speak.
Implementation: How is Spanish taught at Westbury on Trym C of E Academy?
Our Spanish curriculum is designed to be ambitious and engaging so that our children feel motivated and confident in speaking Spanish, with a clear understanding of what to do next to improve. In Reception and KS1 children learn Spanish with their class teachers through songs and short phrases which are integrated into the school day.
In KS2, skilled teachers teach Spanish in weekly fun and engaging lessons. Teachers use the Language Angels scheme of work as a guide for their coverage across year groups. The programme of study is progressive, building on prior learning and moving from word to sentence level. It teaches vocabulary systematically and links spellings and sounds. Lessons are designed to motivate children with practical and interactive resources as well as through songs, rhymes and role-plays. They have clear, achievable objectives and incorporate different learning styles. SEN children have access to the curriculum through variation of task, grouping or support from an adult.