Spanish Classes at Grasmere
Since Modern Foreign Languages became compulsory in Primary Schools in 2012, Grasmere Primary School has been teaching Spanish to its pupils from age 3. We believe that our nursery and primary school children should learn a foreign language from age three. This would give our pupils a much stronger foundation, which they can build on in secondary school to become fluent.
We also believe that learning another language is good for young children and it will give them more options in education and work. As research suggested that being taught a foreign language can help to improve conversation skills and literacy in English, as well as benefit study in other subjects.
Page 2 of The National Curriculum Structure explains that teaching may be of any modern or ancient foreign language, and should “lay the foundations” for foreign language learning at KS3.
On pages 2-3, it says that KS2 pupils should be taught to:
- Listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
- Engage in conversations, ask and answer questions, express opinions and respond to those of others, and seek clarification and help
- Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
- Broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary
- Write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, expressing their ideas clearly
- Describe people, places, things and actions in speech and in writing
New Spanish Timetable below:
Children at Grasmere have been learning Jingle bells in Spanish. This is year 6. They have an exceptional Spanish accent! Muy bien Class 6!
“In Spanish we have been learning about fruit and vegetables and healthy eating. We had lots of fun making Guacamole. Some children dare to try for the very first time and loved it!”.
Dia de los muertos (The day of the dead)
In Spanish we have been busy learning about how Christmas is celebrated around the world in Spanish speaking countries. Year 3 made lovely Christmas cards.
This term our learning topic in Spanish is El Tiempo/The weather. ¿Que tiempo hace hoy? What’s the weather like today?. HACE FRIO/HACE CALOR/HACE BUEN TIEMPO/NIEVA/LLUEVE/HAY TORMENTA. They are also learning a new song from website Rockalingua using sign language too. We have also linked our topic with our school project in science” Polar bear”. For instance year 2 have been reading polar bear story in Spanish too. Some children have been learning what is the weather like in South America right now”