The language that we teach in Salusbury is Spanish although we do encourage children to become aware of other languages and cultures. Our goal is to inspire children to love learning about languages.
At Salusbury we teach Spanish to all children from Year1 to Year 6 as part of the established school curriculum. We do this for several reasons. Firstly, we believe that many children really enjoy learning to speak another language. Secondly, we also believe that the earlier a child is exposed to a foreign language, the faster the language in question is acquired. Thirdly, we believe that it is a good idea to introduce a new language to children when they are at primary school, as pupils tend to be less self-conscious about speaking aloud at this stage of their development. It is widely believed that the early acquisition of a foreign language facilitates the learning of other foreign languages later in life.
Our Spanish celebration Day usually takes place in Spring Term. The theme is around a Spanish speaking artist, changing every year. Children across the school explore the artist life and work, expanding their understanding of other cultures. The day immerses the children in cultural activities and provided opportunities for them to develop and practice their Spanish language skills across the curriculum.
It is magnificent that we always have help from some of our Spanish speaking parents. This means that as well as having their normal Spanish lessons with their teachers, children benefit from learning from other native speakers!
Y6 Spanish work on Body Parts
Students have a weekly Spanish lesson delivered by the language specialist teacher. During lessons our students are given the opportunity to work as a class, as individuals and as part of a group. The choice of class organisation is determined by the learning task. By its nature MFL will involve lots of interaction with visual, auditory and kinaesthetic prompts.
Body Parts Inspired by Picasso