As part of a Hackney Learning Trust pioneering project, we are teaching Spanish as the first foreign language throughout Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Our aim at Sebright is to ensure that children develop a good basic understanding and a love of Spanish. We help them acquire the foundations for further foreign language learning at Key Stage 3 and a smoother transfer to Secondary School.
Pupils at Sebright are learning Spanish from Reception and enjoy the benefits of starting to learn a foreign language at such an early age. We teach through songs, videos, games, interactive activities and lessons based on a practical communicative approach.
We endeavour to enable our pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language by working on four basic skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Excellent accent and intonation is reinforced in every lesson since we believe in a “Talk for writing approach”
Our stimulating curriculum and an eclectic approach to teaching enables us to use different techniques and resources to provide our children with a high-quality language education.
Sessions are not long but they are very exciting and aimed at infusing children a love of Spanish. Children at Sebright like Spanish because they can enjoy playing with language and become life-long lovers of Spanish whilst maintaining high educational expectations. We strive to create a safe and relaxed environment based on mutual respect that entices pupils to participate actively and that fosters team spirit.
We revisit grammar structures, vocabulary and phonics throughout the year and the Key Stage to ensure that pupils demonstrate mastery of learning before moving on to new content. The language learning is based on providing pupils opportunities to practice manipulating the language (in pairs, groups or individually) and on-going assessment tasks
Learning a foreign language provides an opening to other cultures, fosters their curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world. All children regardless of their background and ability are encouraged to develop their full potential in Spanish. All pupils feel engaged and enjoy learning Spanish within the context of the culture of the Hispanic world.
Summer Term 2017
Some of the topics for this term in KS1 will be the colours, action verbs, fast vs slow, fruit names, the days of the week, the months, body parts, farm animals and the summer.
In KS2 pupils will be learning: classroom interaction and instructions in Spanish; talking about their birth date; to say the date; the Spanish alphabet; to do maths in Spanish; Arts & Spanish; classroom vocabulary; the articles & Spanish grammar (number and gender); talking about what they like and they don’t; Spanish verbs patterns; body parts; Sports; Food & drinks and means of transport. Children are learning through songs, rhymes, games and interactive activities.
Free Spanish Website for Sebright Pupils
We have a new tool at Sebright available to all our pupils with lots of resources to extend their learning time for Spanish: Languagenut.com.
Languagenut.com is an award-winning language learning website which provides interactive and engaging activities and resources.
Languagenut.com is fun, engaging and has plenty of games to help your child learn Spanish. It covers the 4 key skills of language learning: listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Our pupils and their parents can now take advantage of our new Spanish website with free access both in the school and at home. All children have been provided with a username and a password to access Languagenut.com anytime and anywhere they like.