The subject of Spanish at Codnor Primary School reflects the purposeful journey for the whole child, equipping our pupils with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in all aspects of life, both inside and outside of the classroom. It takes our children on a journey which provides opportunities for them to develop skills and knowledge - both academic and personal - which will ensure that success is achievable for all, regardless of circumstance.
We value the development of the whole child. Our children are not just learners - they are communicators, budding linguists, increasingly cultured members of society, and ultimately the future of our community and the world beyond it. In Spanish we relish building the linguists and language experts of the future! We ignite pupils’ curiosity and fascination about languages and how another language is similar/different to our own through how it is spoken, heard, read or written. We develop pupils confidence to speak with fluency and spontaneity in another language, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and that they are continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation. We develop pupils' understanding of how a sentence is structured in another language, looking carefully at grammatical structures learnt in Literacy. We aim to foster children’s curiosity and understanding of the world within language lessons, developing an understanding of other cultures and how they are similar/different to their own culture, and also to be respectful of these differences.
The teaching of Spanish in KS2 provides an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and lays the foundation for further foreign language at KS3. Our carefully structured Modern Foreign Languages curriculum provides opportunities additional to the NC endpoints; to build pupils' independence, resilience, and willingness to challenge themselves; and through exposure in Spanish lessons to life skills such as British values, tolerance and respect, enable pupils to become well-rounded members of society in preparation for later life.
Through our in-depth and carefully sequenced lessons, pupils’ language skills and concepts are transferable to their grammatical understanding in English, and prepares them for different cultural experiences in their everyday life and in the future.
These key Spanish skills and concepts are:
Our pupils leave Codnor Primary School with the knowledge to think with other cultures and languages in mind, act like a budding linguist, and have the confidence to speak in another language. They value the transference of these skills into their every day life, in education and beyond.