“The decision to learn a foreign language is to me an act of friendship. It is indeed a holding out of the hand. It’s not just a route to negotiation. It’s also to get to know you better, to draw closer to you and your culture, your social manners and your way of thinking.” John Le Carre 

Language learning at Rise Park is rooted in a passion for sharing Spanish language and culture with a clear, sequential and consistent scheme of progression to foster our children’s reading, listening, speaking and writing skills.  The Spanish curriculum offers an opportunity for children to not only learn skills but to also make intercultural and cross-curricular links through its focus on a variety of topics and use of a range of authentic books, songs and poetry from the Hispanic countries linked to each year group’s class countries.

We believe language learning underpins the whole school curriculum and through learning languages, children learn to show an enthusiasm about and curiosity for the world. We aim for our children to be immersed in a school culture of language-learning, which results in the aspiration to be confident communicators and global citizens with a ‘give it a go’ attitude. 

Spanish Long Term Curriculum Map

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Exemplar work

Take a look at the examples of work that our chicos talentosos (talented children) produce in each year of their Spanish learning at Rise Park!

Year 3

Listening: Identify the gender of an unknown noun from listening carefully to its final sound and sequence a jumbled list of high frequency words spoken out loud.

Reading: Begin to read some previously unseen words, using grapheme-phoneme knowledge to sound them out correctly and begin to spot sight cognates and “false friends”.

Writing: Begin to write familiar words independently from memory to substitute words in key phrases.

Year 4

Listening: Show understanding of the main points of a spoken text containing cognates and familiar language.

Reading: Show understanding of the main points of a written text containing cognates and familiar language.

Writing: Gain confidence in writing familiar phrases from memory, begin to use correct word order in extended noun phrases.

Year 5

Listening: Sequence segments from a text whilst listening to it being read and begin to find specific information in a spoken text and respond in a variety of ways, using translation skills.

Reading: Identify irregular plural nouns and noun-adjectival agreement in longer written texts.

Writing: Begin to conjugate verbs in written form between 1st, 2nd and 3rd person in independent writing using predicate patterns.

Year 6

Listening: Listen carefully to a model (video/story/song) and re-constitute a sentence or paragraph.

Reading: Answer some written questions posed in Spanish (based on key questions studied throughout school), using differentiated answers.

Writing: Use high frequency verbs in the present and begin to use in another tense (simple past or future).