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Spanish at the Bilingual Primary School

The new Spanish curriculum at BPS uses the termly Topics in each year group as engaging contexts for learning. The Topics are given a Hispanic twist to provide children with a deeper insight into Hispanic culture.

Our aim is for children to learn Spanish vocabulary through these exciting contexts. We also encourage a high level of language skills by practising the same grammar in both languages. 

We achieve this in different ways, such as role role-plays, presentations, games, writing in different genres and reading both fiction and non-fiction texts. 

Spanish topic work is taught through art, geography, history and ICT. This helps embed technical vocabulary in these curriculum areas in both Spanish and English.

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Solo Español

Every classroom practises topic vocabulary and Spanish grammar during “solo Español” activities. These activities include vocabulary games and songs which are built into the classroom routine as part of everyday learning.

Spanish assembly takes place weekly. Spanish assemblies are held completely in Spanish and incorporate aspects of Hispanic culture, such as festivals and facts about different Spanish speaking countries. We invite special visitors who teach us about Hispanic culture. We also celebrate Spanish work from different classes and have a whole school Spanish quiz!

Topic Words

Our Spanish ambassadors are elected by each class. They monitor Spanish spoken around the school and award children for their excellent effort in communicating in Spanish with our own school custom made stickers designed by our children.

We have many extracurricular activities and enrichment days linked to Hispanic culture. Our club de desayuno (Breakfast Club) and the after school Club Amigos also take part in Spanish.

Our school has good links with schools in Spain and South America. We communicate through letters and share some work projects helping us to bring our Spanish knowledge to life.

Spanish in the Wider Life of School

All decisions are made with our commitment to exposing children to a wider cultural experience in mind. For example, after school clubs all have a cultural focus including Flamenco, French, and Spanish speaking coaches at the football club. Many curriculum topics include a focus on the Spanish speaking world. Classes are all named after a Spanish speaking country or city and children carry out an in-depth exploration of their class’s geography, culture and customs. 

Below is a list of Spanish activities which children may be involved in during a day at school:

  • Breakfast club is conducted  in Spanish
  • When children arrive in class they are greeted in Spanish. Any early morning social discussions will also take place in Spanish
  • The register is taken with children responding in Spanish - either reinforcing vocabulary learned or answering a question posed by the teacher or teaching assistant
  • Children have dedicated Spanish lessons twice a week
  • Children are supported to use Spanish at all times using the grammar spine displayed in every classroom
  • Teaching assistants and Spanish speaking teachers use Spanish for non-subject specific language
  • Solo Español activities take place over the week when children can speak only in Spanish. 
  • On Thursdays children attend the weekly Spanish assembly
  • At playtime and lunchtime teaching assistants interact with children in Spanish. At times, Spanish games or activities are introduced
  • Topic lesson vocabulary is taught and reinforced in Spanish and displayed in classes
  • After School Club (Club Amigos) is conducted in Spanish
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