Learning a language can be especially fun when you use songs and role-play activities. At Brabyns, we use these activities along with other teaching methods to engage the children so they become confident Spanish speakers.
In EYFS at Brabyns, the children start their Spanish lessons with a ‘Hola’ song (Hello song) which is very catchy and they pick up the vocabulary very quickly. Next, they are introduced to new vocabulary, for each new topic. The children choose which topics they would like to cover. We use a combination of flash cards, cuddly toys, songs and games to help them learn the new words. After learning a song, with the new vocabulary, the children do an activity related to the song, e.g. colouring in a pizza and naming/labelling the toppings in Spanish. The children take their work home in order to show parents and tell them the Spanish words. This year, the topics the children have studied are the colours, numbers, dinosaurs, planets, farm animals, foods, parts of the body and nursery rhymes.
Once the children have a basic knowledge of Spanish from EYFS, they build up their vocabulary by studying new topics. These topics are related to the topic they are studying within their class, where possible. Songs, role-play activities, games and flash cards are used to introduce the new vocabulary in a fun, exciting manner that the children can relate to. The children practise their pronunciation by hearing the Spanish words and repeating them verbally. In addition, they are introduced more to writing in Spanish.