All classes will have access to a very high-quality foreign languages curriculum using the Language Angels scheme of work and resources. This will progressively develop pupil skills in foreign languages through regularly taught and well-planned weekly lessons in Year 3 – Year 6 which will be taught by class teachers. Reception – Year 2 will also develop their basic Spanish skills throughout the academic year.
Children will build on previous knowledge gradually as their Spanish lessons continue to recycle, revise and consolidate previously learnt language whilst building on all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Knowledge and awareness of required and appropriate grammar concepts will be taught throughout all units at all levels of challenge. We know repetition is key and provide stimulating and engaging resources including games, songs and dances to help children embed the Spanish vocabulary into their long- term memory. Learning will not just simply be memorised.
Teachers will have a clear overview of what they are working towards and if they are meeting these criteria. They will use the Year A or B long term plans to ensure the correct units are being taught to the correct classes at each stage of the year. Short-term planning is also provided in the form of unit overviews (covering the learning targets for each 6-week unit) and individual lesson plans laying out the learning aims and intentions of each individual lesson within a unit. These planning documents ensure that teachers know what to teach and how to teach it in each lesson, across whole units and across each term.
Pupils will be aware of their own learning goals and progression as each unit has a pupil friendly overview so all pupils can review their own learning at the start and at the end of each unit. They will know and will be able to articulate if they have or have not met their learning objectives and can keep their unit learning intention sheets and unit core vocabulary sheets as a record of what they have learnt from unit to unit and from year to year. Children will have one book throughout their Spanish learning in Years 3 – 6.
The opportunity to assess pupil learning and progression in the key language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and against the 12 DfE Languages Programme of Study for Key Stage 2 attainment targets is provided at the end of each 6-week teaching unit. This information will be recorded and will be monitored by the Foreign Language Subject Leader who will use this data to ensure teaching is targeted and appropriate for each pupil, class and year group. Teachers will be able to record, analyse and access this data easily using the Tracking and Progression Tool that will monitor school, class and individual progress in the foreign language. Pupils will also be offered self-assessment grids to ensure they are also aware of their own progress which they can keep as a record of their progress.
Children are expected to make good or better than good progress in their foreign language learning and their individual progress is tracked and reported to pupils and parents / carers in line with school recommendations.
If pupils are not progressing in line with expectations, this will be identified in the End of Unit Skills Assessments. This will enable teachers to plan accordingly to address any areas that require attention in any of the language learning skills.