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The National curriculum states that foreign language teaching should focus on enabling pupils to make substantial progress in one language.  At Wick, the 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 penfriend 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.    

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