Ash Grove Academy offers a relevant, broad, vibrant and ambitious Spanish curriculum that uses a wide variety of topics and themes designed to engage, inspire and excite our pupils.
All Key Stage 2 classes are offered a very high-quality Spanish curriculum. It has been designed to progressively develop our pupils’ skills in foreign languages through regularly taught and well-planned weekly lessons. Children will progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary, language skills and grammatical knowledge organised around age-appropriate topics and themes, learning to speak, listen, read and write in Spanish.
The Progression Map outlines what each class in each year group will be taught and when it will be taught across the key skills of speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar progresses.
This is delivered through half-term teaching units each of which includes 6 lessons with clearly defined objectives. In addition to the progression of skills and knowledge through the units, there are also extended writing activities included to ensure the children have opportunity to recall previously learnt language and, by reusing it, will be able to recall it and use it with greater ease and accuracy. These tasks are intended to help the children to recall the language taught with increased fluency and ease.
Units are progressive within themselves as subsequent lessons within a unit build on the language and knowledge taught in previous lessons. As pupils progress though the lessons in a unit they will build their knowledge and develop the complexity of the language they use. We provide blocks of language knowledge and, over the course of a 6-week unit, encourage pupils to build more complex and sophisticated language structures with their blocks of language knowledge.
Pupil learning and progression will be assessed at regular intervals. Teachers will assess each language skill (speaking, listening, reading and writing) throughout each academic year.
Children will develop confidence and competence in Spanish. As their skills and knowledge grows over time children will be able to access longer text and will be encouraged to formulate their own, more personalised responses based on a much wider bank of vocabulary, linguistic structures and grammatical knowledge. They will be able to create longer pieces of spoken and written language and are encouraged to use a variety of conjunctions, adverbs, adjectives, opinions and justifications.
The opportunity to assess pupil learning and progression in the key language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and against the twelve 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 for impact. 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 progress in their foreign language learning and their individual progress is tracked and reported. If pupils are not progressing in line with expectations, this will be identified and an early intervention programme to address any areas that require attention will be embedded into the lesson.