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The National curriculum states that foreign language teaching may be of any modern or ancient foreign language and should focus on enabling pupils to make substantial progress in one language.  At Wick, the children learn Spanish from year 3 and the teaching provides a balance of spoken and written language, laying the foundations for further foreign language teaching at key stage 3.  The focus is on practical communication and the children are taught to listen attentively to spoken language and join in and respond in words, phrases and short sentences.  Patterns and sounds of language are explored through songs, and the spelling, sound and meaning are linked.  The children practise answering questions, asking questions and holding simple conversations.  Accurate pronunciation and intonation are encouraged when speaking and reading aloud.  The children are given opportunities to read phrases and simple sentences in Spanish and to speak in sentences using familiar vocabulary and basic language structures and even make presentations in Spanish to their class.  Written Spanish is incorporated into most lessons and provides opportunities for the children to increasingly write phrases from memory and to adapt these to create new sentences.  The older children use dictionaries to research new vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words.  Wick has a well-established link with Gloria Fuertes international school in Jaen, Andalucia (Southern Spain) and for the first time, all classes in KS2 have been linked with a one of the classes at at the school meaning every child has a penfriend who they will write to, and receive letters from, several times a year.   The letter writing has proved very popular in the past with the year 3 and 4 children, who have felt they had a purpose to learn Spanish and an audience for their letters.   

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