- Year Four has been learning how to discuss travel in Spanish!
- Children in Year Six have been recapping their Spanish knowledge.
Spanish at London Fields
As of September 2014 it is compulsory for schools to teach a modern foreign language in Key Stage 2. As a borough, Hackney has decided to teach Spanish in all primary and secondary schools. At London Fields we have made a commitment to formally teaching Spanish from Year 3 - 6.
How is Spanish taught?
In Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, Spanish is not compulsory, however, we wish to engage our younger pupils in language learning as soon as possible. Pupils will learn some simple classroom instructions and basic phrases through assemblies and daily activities led by their class teacher. There will be opportunities for pupils to take part in whole-school language events, and there is a Spanish after school club for Reception to Year 3 for budding linguists.
In Key Stage 2 language learning seeks to incorporate lots of games and activities so that there is an interactive and fun aspect, but with greater depth and detail about the Spanish language and Spanish cultures. Weekly Spanish lessons comprise singing and games, as well as a high rate of new vocabulary and phrases, and the introduction of familiar Spanish words and phrases to read and write. Class teachers teach their own classes to create an environment of shared learning and support. We aim to promote a love of language learning which will stand the children in good stead as they progress to secondary school. In 2017 we even secured funding to take a group of children to Zaragoza!
We try to have one or two language based events in the school year. These are days when Spanish takes over, and a real fiesta air permeates the school. If you would like to get involved with any of these events, contact the school and we will gladly oblige.