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One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.

Frank Smith

Ashton Vale children in Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6) learn Spanish as their modern foreign language.

Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.

At Ashton Vale we have introduced Language Angels to support us in teaching Spanish as our Modern Foreign Language. We start teaching Spanish in Year 3 and continue teaching into Year 6. We have chosen to teach Spanish as this is the most common additional language taught in our feeder secondary schools and so children will move on from Ashton Vale with a firm foundation in Spanish ready to continue to progress in Key Stage 3 and beyond. We use a wide range of poetry, images and songs that reinforce the written and spoken language. 

Our intention is that lessons are practical and content is based on familiar routines such as counting, colours, days, pets, hobbies, food and family. 

As with our whole curriculum, we have identified ‘Big Ideas’ (or Threshold concepts) that help children to connect old learning to new learning. In French these Big Ideas are:

  • Oracy – to speak confidently
  • Literacy –
    • Reading – to read fluently demonstrating knowledge of the language
    • Writing – to use and apply knowledge of the language to write accurately 
  • Intercultural Understanding – to gain a good understanding of the culture of the countries where the language is spoken, especially mainland France 
  • Knowledge about language – building on their learning of English and applying this knowledge to learning a new language

Spanish Curriculum ProgressionAlongside Spanish, children also have the opportunity to be exposed to different languages and cultures through our weekly Languages Club as well as through a culturally diverse curriculum.