At East Wickham Primary Academy KS2 children from Year 3 through Year 6 learn to speak, read, write and even sing songs and play games in Spanish. The lessons are taught in 2 blocks of 6 weeks.
Across the year groups, children are learning how to greet each other, how to say their name, their age and where they live. Some of the favourite games that we play to practise the newly learnt skills are: Noughts and Crosses, ¡Zap! (Snap), Bingo, Repetir si es verdad (Beat the Teacher), Puppet show, Simon dice and the Flying Elephant. We also sing songs to reinforce the newly learnt skills and vocabulary, such as: Red es rojo, Buenos Dias, Uno no tengo ninguno, Juan pequeño baila, Days of the week, Months of the year and more.
Throughout the year children in various year groups will learn many things, including numbers, colours, food, days, months, animals, body parts, family members, and clothes, also how to give opinions and how to describe objects, people and feelings. Each year group is exposed to some Spanish literature, where they are able to apply their skills and understand the story, starting from retelling the story, through sequencing it, giving opinions onto using it to make their own.
EWP is lucky to have some bi-lingual children in some of our classes. These children are Spanish Maestros in their classes, helping to teach and support their classmates with the speaking and pronunciation, which many find difficult, as well as share their culture.
Autumn term 2016
In September, we celebrated the European Day of Languages. The children were involved in exciting activities exploring different languages. Also we had a celebration assembly where parents were invited to share their culture and some children wore their cultural clothing.
Year 3 learnt how to greet each other and introduce themselves. They used lots of singing, games and puppets:
Year 4 learnt the numbers above 10, days of the week and months of the year (where we used songs and actions to help us remember the new words). By the end of the term they were able to tell and write the date.
Year 6 classes were creating their own café role plays, where they got to dress up and used the props to act out for the rest of the year group.
Spring term 2017
This year Years 5 enthusiastically are using their skills to correspond with penpals in a school outside of Gran Canaria. Here are some examples of the lovely postcards that we received from our penpal school.
At the moment 5K are working on introducing our school to them. They are making mini videos, where they talk about and show different rooms around our schools.
Year 3 class used Lego bricks to help them build sentences in Spanish. They thoroughly enjoyed the writing activity. Then they used puppets to ask each other about their food likes and dislikes.