At Wick, we believe that learning a foreign language should be enjoyable, engaging and purposeful and should enable the pupils to make substantial progress in one language. We have chosen Spanish as Wick's main language because of the number of Spanish speakers around the world but also because it is a language that many children will encounter through holidays, pop songs and online games and apps. We also believe that learning Spanish enables the children to learn about the culture and customs of Spain and of other Spanish speaking countries in South America.
How Spanish is taught
Children learn Spanish in years 3 to 6 as part of the normal curriculum and receive an hour a week of Spanish teaching taught by a specialist teacher. In addition, key stage 2 classes answer the register and sing the lunchtime prayer in Spanish. The teaching provides a balance of spoken and written language 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, games, rhymes, stories and videos. The children answer questions, ask questions and hold simple conversations. Accurate pronunciation is encouraged when speaking and reading aloud. The children read and write phrases and simple sentences in Spanish, adapting them to create new sentences. The older children write and make short presentations in Spanish and use dictionaries to research new vocabulary and increase their understanding of the language.
Wick has a well-established link with Gloria Fuertes International School in Jaen, Andalucia (Southern Spain) and every child in key stage 2 at Wick has a penpal with whom they regularly exchange letters. The letter writing gives the children the opportunity to write Spanish for a purpose and to learn about Spanish culture and customs. The children are excited every term to write and receive letters from their friends in Spain and we now have children who are in their fourth year of writing to the same penpal. Have a look at the powerpoint below about Gloria Fuertes.