At St Margaret Ward, we believe that learning a language opens the door to the world and creates exciting new possibilities and opportunities for the children. Through learning a language, we aim to teach the children not only to communicate their ideas and thoughts in another language but also to promote inter-cultural understanding and curiosity in the world around them. We want to aim to develop a real love of languages through vibrant, lively lessons where games and songs are among the many language acquisition activities.
The National Curriculum states:
"Learning a foreign language provides an opening to other cultures. A high quality languages education should foster pupils' curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world."
At St Margaret Ward, Spanish is taught throughout Key Stage 2 from year 3 to year 6. Teachers in the Early years and Key Stage 1 also incorporate basic Spanish vocabulary and phrases into daily routines such as days of the week, colours and numbers.
The teaching of Spanish provides opportunities for the children to communicate in practical ways but also build on literacy skills and enable pupils to read and write for different purposes, focusing on familiar and routine matters.