Modern Foreign Languages
Our school believes that languages are part of the cultural richness of our society and the world in which we live and work. Children who learn a foreign language learn to appreciate different countries, cultures, communities and people. The ability to understand and communicate in another language is a lifelong skill for education, employment and leisure in this country and throughout the world.
We also believe that learning languages gives pupils opportunities to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and to express themselves with increasing confidence, independence and creativity. It also lays the foundations for the future study of other languages and supports the development of literacy skills in their own language.
We employ a Spanish languages teacher for one and a half days, this allows us to provide the statutory languages curriculum for Key Stage 2 children as well as Key Stage 1 children accessing the teaching for thirty minutes a week. The children follow the recommended scheme of work and it is anticipated that children will develop and build up their language skills year on year, thereby making real progress.
Children and staff at St Gabriel's received the Primary Languages Development Award on the 6th November 2018. We were handed the prize for our dedication, hard work and commitment to learning Spanish.
The school took part in a Spanish festival week where children tasted traditional food and joined in with flamenco dance classes.
The award was presented by a Spanish teacher from the nation's embassy in Manchester, she came to visit the school to present the award and to meet with staff and children.
The full report was published in the Leigh Journal and Wigan Post please visit: https://www.leighjournal.co.uk/news/17208195.primary-schools-spanish-skills-recognised-with-languages-award/?ref=mr&lp=12
Year 3 have been studying 'El Grúfalo' in Spanish. They have learnt the words for foods and also the words for the animals in the story. They learnt about masculine and feminine nouns in Spanish and played limbo to help decide which animals were masculine and which were feminine. The children chose whether to put 'un' (the masculine word for a) or 'una' (the feminine word for a) in front of an animal and limboed under the correct stick. The children then designed their own Gruffalo menus in Spanish and used bilingual dictionaries to find the names of foods.