St Matthew's C.E Primary School

Modern Foreign Languages

¡Nos encanta aprender español! 

“Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures” (DfE, 2013)

At St Matthew's, we recognise the importance of teaching children a second language, to enable them to broaden their understanding of the world and foster pupil's curiosity. KS2 children take part in 1 hour per week Spanish lesson in years 3-5, taught by a HLTA. Children take part in both verbal and written Spanish tasks, incorporating the key objectives from the National Curriculum. Children are 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.
  • appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language.
  • read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing.
  • explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words.
  • speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures.
  • develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases.
  • present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences.
  • 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, to express ideas clearly.
  • describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing.

Some of the key skills children learn are;

  • to read and say numbers (1-31), to know the months of the year and be able to tell the time. 
  • to know colours, shapes, parts of the body. 
  • to use simple greetings and use these in a conversation.
  • to talk about their family and where they live.
  • talk about food and gives likes/dislikes.