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Languages

Our Vision for Languages

At St Joseph’s we aim to provide children with a more global mind-set so that they are able to both understand and connect to the world that they are a part of, whilst also providing an opening to other cultures. Spanish is taught on a weekly basis in order to foster children’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. We aim to empower children to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. We also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching provides the foundation for learning further languages, equipping children to study and work in other countries when they are older.

We aim to equip children so that they:

  • understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
  • speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
  • can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
  • discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.

Subject Content:

Your daughter will explore the language, its culture and geographical position within Europe through four main attainment targets: speaking, listening, reading and writing. This will include learning about Spanish speaking countries, compass points, transport to school, weather, clothes, numbers in 10's, time on the hour, likes and dislikes and songs.  As she progresses through each academic year, she will continue to build on her prior knowledge and understanding of Spanish as a whole.  Your daughter will develop her vocabulary and linguistic skills through a variety of interactive and practical age appropriate activities.

We aim to lay the foundations for further foreign language teaching at Secondary School. We desire for all children to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing, focused on familiar and routine matters, using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary.

“Learning another language is like becoming another person.” – Haruki Murakami