In KS2 Years 3-6 all have weekly lessons to develop their understanding and use of another language – Spanish.
We introduced Spanish as our new language of choice for St Thomas More pupils in September 2021, because our pupils tend to go on holiday to Spanish speaking countries therefore by teaching Spanish in school they can utilise this knowledge when they are abroad.
We introduced this by implementing a Spanish week where children engaged in a variety of activities including, exploring Spanish cuisine, practicing flamenco dancing and diving deeper into the Spanish culture.
To celebrate The National Day of Spain, across Key Stage 2 we learnt about different festivals across Spain. Key Stage 1 were introduced to Spanish Culture and learnt key facts about Spain. We spent the day embedding Spanish into everything that we do, taking the registers, saying hello and even saying our school prayers in Spanish. We finished the afternoon by combining our celebrations with celebrations for World Food Day, we tasted some Spanish food across the school, some food items had mixed reviews however, we all enjoyed learning more about the Spanish Culture.
European Day of Languages
Each year we have a European Day of Languages. This is a chance for us to learn about lots of different countries and learn new languages. We get to learn at least 4 new languages each time. Each classroom becomes a new country – we dance, create art pieces, speak and so much more.
Pates Language Festival
In previous years we have attended a Language Festival at Pates Grammar School. This gives the children an opportunity to be exposed to more languages and learn about countries in different ways. This could be through artwork, drama and speaking and listening.