Modern Foreign Languages – Spanish
The high quality Modern Foreign Languages curriculum at Whetley Academy develops knowledge beyond the everyday experience of the children and inspires pupils to want to know more about the world in which they live. It provides them with the skills needed to be able to engage with the wider world, equipping them for life beyond the classroom and in their onward journey of language to KS3. Our chosen language is Spanish, which is taught through the comprehensive and progressive ‘Language Angels’ scheme in Key Stage 2. The intent is that all pupils will develop a genuine interest and positive curiosity about foreign languages, finding them enjoyable and stimulating. Learning a second language will also offer pupils the opportunity to explore relationships between language and identity, develop a deeper understanding of other cultures and the world around them with a better awareness of self, others and cultural differences.
The four key language learning skills; listening, speaking, reading and writing are taught and all necessary phonics, grammar and vocabulary is covered in a logical and progressive way across the primary phase. This enables our pupils to use and apply their learning in a variety of contexts, laying down solid foundations for future language learning and also helping them to improve overall attainment in other subject areas.
Language Angels provides students with the opportunity to develop their Spanish skills within the context of units linked to our other curriculum subjects, for example students learn vocabulary through a unit describing Tudors. Students also complete phonics units in Spanish to improve their pronunciation and phonetical awareness. The Spanish curriculum we use has been developed from a selection of Language Angels units by our Spanish lead to best suit the students in our school.