Spanish

Intent

At BPA, we use the ‘Language Angels’ scheme of work to teach Spanish across KS2. The four key language learning skills; listening, speaking, reading and writing will be taught and all necessary grammar will be covered in an age-appropriate way across the primary phase. Pupils will use and apply their learning in a variety of contexts, laying down solid foundations for future language learning and also helping the children improve overall attainment in other subject areas. 

Implementation

Children will progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary, language skills and grammatical knowledge organised around age-appropriate topics and themes - building blocks of language into more complex, fluent and authentic language.

Language Angels are categorised by ‘Teaching Type’. Early Language units are entry level units and are most appropriate for KS1 and Year 3 pupils or pupils with little or no previous foreign language learning. 

Intermediate units increase the level of challenge by increasing the amount and complexity (including foreign language grammar concepts) of the foreign language presented to pupils. Intermediate units are suitable for Year 4-5 pupils or pupils with embedded basic knowledge of the foreign language. 

Progressive and Creative Curriculum units are the most challenging units and are suitable for Year 6 pupils or pupils with a good understanding of the basics of the language they are learning. 

Grouping units into these Teaching Type categories ensures that the language taught is appropriate to the level of the class and introduced when the children are ready. Children will be taught how to listen and read longer pieces of text gradually in the foreign language and they will have ample opportunities to speak, listen to, read and write the language being taught with and without scaffolds, frames and varying levels of support.

Grammar is integrated and taught discreetly throughout all appropriate units. Teachers can also use the specific Grammar Explained units to ensure pupils are exposed to all of the appropriate grammar so they are able to create their own accurate and personalised responses to complex authentic foreign language questions by the end of the primary phase.

Each teaching unit is divided into 6 fully planned lessons:

  • Each unit and lesson will have clearly defined objectives and aims. 

  • Each lesson will incorporate interactive whiteboard materials to include ample speaking and listening tasks within a lesson.

  • Lessons will incorporate challenge sections and desk-based activities that will be offered with three levels of stretch and differentiation. 

  • Reading and writing activities will be offered in all units. Some extended reading and writing activities are provided so that native speakers can also be catered for. 

  • Every unit will include a grammar concept which will increase in complexity as pupils move from Early Language units, through Intermediate units and into Progressive units. 

  • Extending writing activities are provided to ensure that pupils are recalling previously learnt language and, by reusing it, will be able to recall it and use it with greater ease and accuracy. These tasks will help to link units together and show that pupils are retaining and recalling the language taught with increased fluency and ease.

Units are progressive within themselves as subsequent lessons within a unit build on the language and knowledge taught in previous lessons. As pupils progress through the lessons in a unit they will build their knowledge and develop the complexity of the language they use. We think of the progression within the 6 lessons in a unit as ‘language Lego’. We provide blocks of language knowledge and, over the course of a 6-week unit, encourage pupils to build more complex and sophisticated language structures with their blocks of language knowledge. 

Impact

The aim is that pupils will develop a genuine interest and positive curiosity about foreign languages, finding them enjoyable and stimulating. Learning a second language will also offer pupils the opportunity to explore relationships between language and identity, develop a deeper understanding of other cultures and the world around them with a better awareness of self, others and cultural differences. The intention is that they will be working towards becoming life-long language learners.  The ultimate aim being that pupils will feel willing and able to continue studying languages beyond key stage 2.

The opportunity to assess pupil learning and progression in the key language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) is provided at the end of each 6-week teaching unit. This information will be recorded to ensure teaching is targeted and appropriate for each pupil, class and year group as well as to give feedback on progress to SLT and stakeholders. 

 

Mission Statement:

BPA-Mission-Statement-Learning-in-MFL-Spanish.pdf

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