At Dormers Wells Primary School we have chosen to learn Spanish as it is one of the most commonly spoken languages in the world. Our intent is to equip pupils with the confidence and ability to communicate in a foreign language. We aim to develop language awareness by promoting positive attitudes to learning which will improve their communication skills and understanding of different cultures. This will be more transferable in the future workplace, as well as developing global citizenship.
Language is at the heart of all the learning a pupil does. It is how they receive knowledge, express themselves and communicate, from the very earliest stages. The learning of a language should enhance their abilities to communicate and help to develop personal skills.
Learning a language helps the development of an understanding of the many purposes for which language is used. It promotes an awareness of the diversity of forms language can take. Children already have a broad understanding of the purpose, nature and functions of language by the time they begin learning a foreign language. Learning a foreign language will enhance this knowledge base.
Children are introduced to Spanish in Year 3 and receive a 30-minute lesson once a week. Lessons across the Key Stage support the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing.
By the end of Key Stage 2, children should be able to:
Dormers Wells Primary School is a Right Respecting School we follow the UN Conventions Rights for children where we teach children about rights, through rights and for rights. We believe children who have understanding of their rights also understand how others and how they should be treated. Also, we aim to create a safe environment and atmosphere for our children. Rights Respecting gives children a voice to express themselves and challenge any injustices. They feel empowered to access information and make informed decisions about their learning, health and wellbeing. As a school, we want to equip our children to advocate for rights where they can promote equality, fairness and safety.
Article 30 – Every child has the right to learn and use the language, customs and religion of their family, whether or not these are shared by the majority of the people in the country where they live