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primary languages

spanish at thorndon school

The new National Curriculum 2014 requires that all children in Key Stage 2 learn a foreign language.  At Thorndon School we are pleased to be able to offer all children, from Reception onwards, the opportunity to learn another language and importantly to learn more about other cultures. 

The importance of learning a language at primary school

Children find language learning much easier than adults. Young children are able to mimic and copy sounds with greater ease and accuracy.

As language learning has a strong focus on speaking and listening, and is delivered through fun activities and games, it is accessible to all abilities.

Learning a second language can boost confidence in terms of general communication and public speaking. Younger children will learn the etiquette of greetings, using courtesy words and turn-taking when communicating in the target language.

Learning any language at an early age can help when learning other languages later on in their school career. They gain knowledge about a language and how it is constructed. They can then draw on this knowledge when learning other languages. For example, children learn that many languages have different genders [there are masculine and feminine nouns in Spanish and French].

Children can broaden their knowledge and awareness of other cultures around the world.

It has been proven that children who learn a second language achieve better results in other subjects.

At Thorndon School we are very lucky to have our own languages expert, Mrs Sherriff.  

Mrs Sherriff teaches children across the school, from Reception to Year 6. 

Spanish is taught to every year group. Endeavour Class (Year 5 and 6) are taught French and Spanish on a weekly-alternating basis.

How Spanish and French will be delivered at Thorndon School

The target languages will be delivered through fun activities, games and songs. The children in Victory, Discovery and Endeavour Classes will have the opportunity to gain skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. In Ark Class, the focus will be on speaking and listening. All the children will explore the cultures of Spanish or French speaking countries.

Why learn Spanish at Thorndon School?

  • After Mandarin Chinese, Spanish is the world's second most spoken language in terms of native speakers, and it is the second most used internationally.
  • There are 21 Spanish-speaking countries around the world.
  • British tourists make up the biggest proportion of travellers to Spain.
  • Spanish is a relatively easy language for English speakers to learn. It is a phonetic language; once you know the sounds and a few rules, pronunciation is easy. Basic spelling and grammar are fairly simple too.
  • Spanish came top of the list of languages for the future when The British Council ranked languages other than English, based on an analysis of cultural, economic, and diplomatic factors.
  • Spanish is growing in importance as a language of business. Latin America is going through a period of great economic growth following huge investment in 2012. Companies are therefore seeking Spanish speakers.
  • Spanish is fun!

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