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Spanish

Spanish will be delivered by Merchants’ Academy MFL department for high functioning students and other students will be offered theme days to suit individual needs.

Spanish

EYFS

Students are not given direct MFL teaching, but they are exposed to other cultures and stories from around the world.  Students will have some involvement in themed days such as ‘European day of Languages’.  Students are assessed against the early learning outcomes and specifically about knowledge and understanding of the World.

Years 1 and 2

In Years 1 & 2, although there is no direct teaching of Spanish, students get involved in themed days such as ‘European Day of Languages’ and have been included in Spanish activities such as Flamenco dancing.  There is no statutory requirement to teach a language in Years 1 and 2.

Years 3 to 6

In Years 3 to 6, students learn Spanish meeting the statutory requirement to teach a foreign language.  Spanish lessons are delivered by a qualified MFL specialist teacher / co-ordinator.  The lessons are based around the requirements of the Primary MFL programme of study (2013) which states that all students should have made ‘substantial progress’ in their learning by the end of KS2 (or four years of language learning).  The scheme of learning is bespoke and written by the MFL

co-ordinator, taking into consideration the various sensory issues and learning requirements of students at Venturers’ Academy.  As well as materials written ‘in-house’, the MFL co-ordinator consults published resources, for example from Lightbulb Languages and the Primary Languages Network and adapts these as necessary.

 

Lessons in KS2 are cross-curricular and planned in conjunction with class teachers to complement topic work students are completing, for example, ‘All about Space’ or ‘Traditional Fairytales’.  Students are assessed using Classroom Monitor incorporating smaller learning steps that have been written specifically for the students at Venturers’ Academy.

We are currently working towards the Primary Languages Development Award.

KS3

In Years 7,8,9 Spanish is centred on embedding the skills that students have started to develop in KS2.  Students are able to participate in a range of learning activities that give them opportunities to interact with each other and help them to develop their social, communication and memory skills, as well as their linguistic knowledge.  Teaching Assistants work dynamically to encourage and respond to students’ needs, and we aim to increase students’ independence in lessons as well.

The MFL teacher/co-ordinator draws upon a range of resources to deliver sessions which allow students to practise their listening, speaking, speaking and writing skills in a fun and meaningful way.  There are also numerous opportunities for cross-curricular links with Literacy, Numeracy and SMSC; for example, learning about adjectives and adjectival agreements through the medium of a bi-lingual story or celebrating ‘la feria de abril’.  Providing opportunities to promote intercultural understanding to students at Venturers’ Academy is a vital element of their language learning.

Students are assessed using Classroom Monitor with smaller learning steps that have been specifically written for Venturers’ Academy learners.

The MFL co-ordinator is currently researching suitable nationally recognised accreditations that may be suitable for some students as they move into KS4.

 

Primary

EYFS

In the Nursery and Reception classes, students are not given direct MFL teaching, but they are exposed to other cultures and stories from around the world. When there is a Spanish themed day, they will have some involvement. Students are assessed against the early learning outcomes and specifically about knowledge and understanding of the World.

Year 1 and 2

In Year 1 and 2, although there is no direct teaching of Spanish, students get very involved in any Spanish themed days and have been included in Spanish activities such as flamenco dancing, Spanish stories read by Spanish speakers and Spanish music. There is no statutory requirement to teach a language in Years 1 and 2.

Years 3 to 6

In Years 3 to 6, students learn Spanish meeting the statutory requirement to teach a foreign language. Spanish has been chosen as the secondary aged students at the Academy study Spanish and students will gain an advantage in our all-age academy to be exposed to this early. The scheme of learning followed is one based upon the LCP programme and the Jolie Ronde Spanish programme. We are also involved in the Erasmus project where Primary staff get opportunities to make links with other countries for their own development and also travel to Spain to study Spanish during the Summer holiday period.

Students with ASC and particularly those with Asperger’s can excel at languages as they enjoy the highly structured teaching and rules upon which the language is based. This can be of great help in developing a students’ social understanding of different cultures, permitting them to interact more confidently as independent adults. Students who are non-verbal and/or have difficulty with understanding the English spoken word (at less than a 4-word level), will study Spanish culture without a language element. This will be determined on an individual basis.

Secondary

Years 7, 8 and 9

In Years 7, 8 & 9 Spanish is centered on developing student’s skills in each of the four assessment areas: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Students will be expected to participate in a range of class activities focused on developing these key skills in preparation for the GCSE course. Examples may include: performing a role play in Spanish, listening to conversations from a variety of situations and noting down key pieces of information, or reading Spanish texts and responding to comprehension questions.

The aim is to build up the student’s vocabulary and understanding of grammar in the past, present and future, in order to support their written work. This could be in the form of translation between English and Spanish, or writing extended paragraphs in Spanish.

Topics studied and content covered include:

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Mi Vida

  • Introducing yourself.
  • Talking about your personality.
  • How old are you?
  • When is your birthday?
  • Do you have pets?

Mi Tiempo Libre

  • Giving opinions.
  • Saying what you do in your free time.
  • What’s the weather like?
  • What sports do you do?

Mi Insti

  • What do you study?
  • What do you think of school?
  • What is there in school?
  • What do you do during break?

Mi Familia y mis Amigos

  • Who is in your family?
  • What do you look like?
  • Describe your family members.
  • Describe where you live.

Mi Ciudad

  • Describe where you live.
  • What time is it?
  • Can you order food in a café?
  • What are you going to do at the weekend?

Mis Vacaciones

  • Talking about a holiday.
  • Saying what you did.
  • What did you do on the last day of the holiday?
  • What was your holiday like?

Mi Vida

  • What do you use your phone for?
  • What kind of music do you like?
  • What do you watch on TV?
  • What did you do yesterday?

A Comer!

  • What food do you like?
  • What do you eat at mealtimes?
  • Can you order in a restaurant?
  • We’re having a party- say what you are going to bring.

Que hacemos?

  • Arranging to go out.
  • Making excuses.
  • Deciding what to wear.
  • Talking about clothes.
  • Talking about a sporting event.

Operacion Verano

  • Describe a holiday home.
  • Describe holiday activities.
  • Ask for directions.
  • Talking about summer camps.

Somos así

  • Things I like
  • My Week
  • Talking about films
  • Talking about a birthday
  • Talking about life as a celebrity

 

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  • Saying what you have to do at work
  • Saying what job you would like to do
  • Talking about your future
  • Describing your job

 

En Forma:

 

  • Talking about diet
  • Talking about keeping active
  • Talking about your daily routine
  • Talking about ailments.

 

Jóvenes en acción

 

  • Talking about children’s rights
  • Talking about fair trade
  • Talking about recycling
  • Talking about how your town has changed.

 

Una Aventura en Madrid

  • Meeting people
  • Buying souvenirs
  • Saying what you will do

 

For further information:

Students can revise vocabulary for any topic on revision sites including www.linguascope.com (username and password to be issues by the school), www.123teachme.com, http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zfckjxs