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“The limits of one’s language are the limits of his world.”
Languages provide a gateway to other cultures and the world around us. Learning a foreign language takes learners on a voyage of discovery and deepen their understanding of different countries’ people and history.
Through our comprehensive languages curriculum we:
- Foster pupil’s curiosity and provide an opening to other cultures.
- Instil in our pupils a love of languages.
- Enable pupils to communicate effectively and confidently in the foreign language.
- Inspire pupils to extend and pursue language learning outside the classroom.
- Prepare our pupils to be competent global citizens through their knowledge of languages and appreciation of foreign cultures.
The way we teach languages at Harris Academy Sutton is by its nature very accessible. In order to develop confident languages learners, lessons are taught in the target language and pupils learn to use the target language from the outset. This is achieved through routines, games and songs. At Harris Academy Sutton, we believe that in order to learn the language, one needs to also learn and understand the culture and history of the country. As such, developing a knowledge of the Spanish culture is embedded in the curriculum.
In year 7, pupils study Spanish through a range of topics areas, which are relevant to their lives and the world around them. The course is divided into several units: my family and friends, where I live, describing my life, free time activities, my school, and understanding Spanish festivals.
Within the units there is a focus on developing the pupils’ competence in listening, speaking, reading and writing, based on a foundation of core grammar and vocabulary. This enables pupils to understand and communicate personal information that goes beyond their immediate needs and interests, developing and justifying points of view in speech and writing, with increased spontaneity, independence and accuracy.
The Year 8 curriculum builds on the skills and knowledge acquired in Year 7 with a focus on broadening the pupils’ knowledge of grammar, especially verb tenses. The main tenses learnt by our pupils are the past and the future which enable them to develop their written communication skills.
In year 8 pupils study Spanish through the units: My town (town or village description, going out in town (activities, eating out and so on) and weekend activities in town; Holidays (describing a past holiday and activities, directions, opinions and so on); Media (technology, music, TV programmes, opinions and so on); the Spanish Speaking World (understanding the different Spanish Speaking countries and some key facts about these countries).