Spanish at Ash Primary School and Nursery
'Every child a confident Spanish speaker'
We believe that learning a modern foreign language is key to our success as an outward facing, European school. Ash has a strong history of international collaboration and we know that successful language teaching opens doors for pupils to other cultures and experiences. Children begin to learn Spanish as soon as they arrive with us, in order to maximise both their progress and love of language-learning. As well as being taught in discrete Spanish lessons (with a focus on practical communication), the language is woven into classroom routines, for example the register being taken in Spanish. Cross-curricular links are made wherever possible: in Music children learn traditional Spanish songs, PE instructions are delivered in Spanish. Our classrooms include Spanish displays and book corners are equipped with bilingual books to allow children to explore the links between English and Spanish independently.
The teaching team use materials and lessons by Spanish speakers as part of the Primary Languages Network. Throughout the year, pupils have a range of opportunities to develop their confidence in speaking, listening, reading and writing in Spanish.
Teachers use practical and fun assessments on a regular basis to support confidence, vocabulary and sentence construction. Spanish is taught through a range of familiar topics to enable pupils to make links with other areas of the curriculum and their home life.