Locking Primary School
At Locking Primary School, we believe that learning a foreign language will foster children’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. Learning a language can provide a valuable insight to other cultures and societies.
At Locking Primary School, the scheme we use to teach Spanish is centred on speaking and listening. Opportunities for this are interwoven through the lessons enabling children to speak with increasing confidence and fluency which also supports the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.
Through our teaching, we want to enable pupils to express their thoughts and feelings and to understand and respond Spanish speakers in speech and writing.
At Locking Primary School, we use La Jolie Ronde scheme of work to structure and support our Spanish lessons. La Jolie Ronde has been chosen because it is a high-quality, established programme which is written specifically for teaching languages to young children. This fully resourced scheme also allows non-specialist teachers to deliver languages teaching with confidence, ensuring there is accurate pronunciation and progression through spoken and written language skills.
During the curriculum redesign that occurred during the academic year 20-21, Locking chose to start afresh with Spanish as their chosen subject, rather than continuing with French as had been taught previously. As the language was new in September 2021, all classes started using the year 3 units of learning. The table below shows how the curriculum will be rolled out over the next 3 years.
The scheme of work allows for the subject to be taught in small chunks of 15-minutes sessions. As a school, we timetable weekly lessons for Spanish. Lessons can be short bursts of 15 minutes or a longer, more sustained length allowing for wider opportunities including writing.