Learning a foreign language provides an opening to other cultures, fosters children´s curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world.
In Key Stage 1, children are introduced to Spanish informally through songs, games and rhymes. All our pupils from Year 3 onwards learn Spanish and enjoy the benefits of starting to learn a foreign language at an early age. We teach through songs, videos, games, interactive activities and lessons based on a practical communicative approach.
Our aim at Stoke Bishop is to ensure that children develop a good basic understanding and a love of Spanish. We help them learn the foundations for further foreign language learning at Key Stage 3 and a smoother transfer to Secondary School. We work with our class representatives – our Language Ambassadors – to reflect on our learning and to plan event days.
Stoke Bishop Primary school offers three after school language clubs. Mrs Preston and Mrs Bartlett run a Spanish club for Key Stage One children and Miss Barnicoat runs Key Stage 2 Spanish club. Both clubs combine language learning with exciting hands-on activities celebrating Spanish culture and supporting the Spanish curriculum. Both clubs are hugely popular and really bring language learning to life – children might be cooking tortilla one week and creating Picasso portraits the next!
Mrs Bird and Miss Scott are for the first time running a club to support children to enter the utalk Junior Language Challenge. In a democratic process, children have challenged themselves to learn Japanese until Christmas and French until Easter. Regional finals for 30 selected pupils in the South West take place in the summer term. Click here to watch a personal good luck message to them from Penny Langton, the winner of the adult 2018 utalk challenge. https://youtu.be/341STQ_TLbQ
International School Award
We’re thrilled to announce that our school has been recognised by the British Council for an International School Award at Intermediate Level. This certificate celebrates the fantastic work of class teachers and pupils across the whole school in exploring other cultures and some of the issues our world is facing through activities such as the Erasmus+ project, Spanish Day, our penpal project and during Arts Week. The British Council says, “Your school has made an excellent start on its international journey and describes a school that has developed a dimension to learning in its curriculum”. We are looking forward to the next steps in this project!
Practise your Spanish at Home
Key Stage 2 children are able to practise their Spanish at home using access to the Language Angels website. The games and activities are specific to year group learning and really help children embed vocabulary in fun way. Click here: https://www.languageangels.com/schools/index.php and log into the pupils games area using the green button. Children need to use their class username and password given to them by their teacher.
In 2017, we were awarded a prestigious Erasmus+ grant from the British Council to develop our Spanish teaching. This has enabled 16 members of staff to visit northern Spain to take part in an intensive Spanish language lessons and to learn new teaching techniques. We have been very fortunate to be one of the larger school projects supported and we have been working hard to embed our learning from the experience, making great improvements to our language curriculum.
Spanish Day 2019
This June, we celebrated Spanish language and culture with a whole school Spanish Day event. Kicking off with an assembly and continuing through the day with creative activities in the class and outside, the day included:
- Spanish guitarist and flamenco dancer workshop
- Food tasting
- Spanish stories
- Outdoor treasure hunt
- Creating pinatas
- Gaudi, Picasso and Miro artwork
- Cooking Spanish food Shop role-play