The Norbury Primary School is very multicultural. There are over fifty languages spoken in the school, which makes it an ideal place to learn foreign languages and get familiar with other cultures and traditions. Spanish lessons at Norbury aim to ensure that children acquire basic skills and understanding in Spanish with a strong emphasis placed on developing their Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing abilities. They will be gradually developed to more complex language concepts and greater learner autonomy. Our aim is to inspire and motivate the students to develop a passion for languages and become open-minded to other countries, cultures and people. Our goal is to help children grow into curious and confident language learners and to provide them with a foundation that will equip them for further language studies.
- Enable children to understand the similarities and differences between Spanish and English grammar and vocabulary.
- Teach children the basics of phonics in Spanish to allow them to improve their spelling and gain more confidence in speaking Spanish.
- Enable children to understand the culture of Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries.
- Introduce Spanish to young learners in an enjoyable and fun way.
- Give the students the opportunities to make mistakes in grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation and learn from them.
- Enable children to foster their curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world.
By the time they leave Norbury, we aim for pupils to be confident in using their previously learned knowledge of Spanish grammar and vocabulary in real-life situations and simple conversations. They will be able to apply the skills in future language learning.
In KS1, lessons are intended to be active and highly focused on developing their speaking and listening skills through songs, games etc.
In KS2, lessons are intended to focus on four skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. They improve these skills by role-plays, writing short paragraphs, or letters, listening to songs and videos, and practising their pronunciation.
Children’s learning is supported with home practice (e.g. online resources, and games).
Children are encouraged to learn about the language by participating a Spanish Day, or an assembly, or the competitions in Spanish. They are able to get familiar not only with the language itself, but also the culture and traditions of the country.
Photos of Spanish at Norbury