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At Holy Trinity we believe learning a language should be purposeful, relevant and engaging. With this in mind, at key stage 2, we have recently decided to move to a Spanish curriculum.
Alongside Mandarin, English and Hindi, Spanish is one of the top four most widely spoken languages in the world. Spain also remains a top holiday destination with lots of our children and families visiting there each year.
Learning Spanish provides more of our children with the opportunity to put their learning to use in real life situations.
Click here to find our Spanish Long Term Plan
Our languages curriculum gives children the knowledge and skills to develop their communication through another language and provides children with high quality learning opportunities that develop their curiosity, understanding and respect for other cultures and the wider world.
Our curriculum supports our children to be positive and active citizens in our local, national and international community. Within our culture of respect, we develop children’s resilience and perseverance; giving them the confidence to be independent thinkers with high aspirations. The teaching of languages enables children to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to speak, read and write with increasing confidence whilst developing an appreciation and love of languages. This in turn opens doors for them to consider further study, travel and employment abroad.
Languages is a hugely important part of our school curriculum and is taught through using the guidance of a scheme – La Jolie Ronde. The scheme is written in accordance with the Key Stage 2 Languages Framework with carefully structured and sequenced learning that builds upon previous knowledge and skills. This ensures that all children are able to build upon their prior knowledge and experience.
Within our language lessons, children have a specific vocabulary focus which is taught in different ways to promote the three progressive strands of languages teaching and learning (Oracy, Literacy and Intercultural Understanding).
The use of a variety of activities such as games, videos, songs, rhymes and stories allow children to explore and learn language in an exciting, engaging and inclusive way, learning not only the knowledge and skills of communication, but about the celebrations and customs of the country/countries and the similarities and differences between it and their own.
Through the effective planning and delivery of our languages curriculum, children have a secure understanding of the knowledge and skills needed to communicate their ideas and feelings to others in another language in a variety of ways. Children gain a greater and deeper understanding of the diverse world in which they live and the similarities and differences between themselves and others, helping to develop them into positive and active citizens in our local, national and international community with a mutual respect for others.