At Brabyns, we are proud to offer the children a broad curriculum, giving them the opportunity to flourish in new areas. One of our specialist subjects, taught to the children from Nursery upwards, is Spanish.
We believe that learning a foreign language from a young age is important; it is important to awaken children’s interests in other people and cultures at a time when they are open and receptive; and more recent studies have shown that there are cognitive advantages that learning a foreign language brings, such as enhanced problem solving, or ability to switch tasks.
The children in Nursery and Reception have recently been learning how to say Spanish Greetings.
‘Estoy muy bien, gracias’: I am very well, thank you.
To make the lesson more engaging we sing a song to learn all the different greetings. We have also been learning the names of colours where again, we sing a song called ‘Los Colores’.’ In addition, the children have studied Spanish names of farm animals and are presently learning the names of the planets within their Space topic. Most of the children can count from 1-10 in Spanish too!
The infants started with learning Spanish Greetings, colours, numbers and farm animals. In the Autumn term, they also studied days of the week and months of the year, using songs to help engage their learning. After that, they have covered some work on the weather and so they know a few phrases to talk about the weather each day. Just recently, we have moved onto food learning the Spanish names of fruits and snacks.
All the Juniors have revised Spanish Greetings, numbers 1-100, days of the week, months of the year, seasons and the weather using songs and various engaging activities to learn them. Years 4, 5 and 6 can also write the date in Spanish. In addition, they have recently studied food vocabulary and are using this to role-play buying fruit from a fruit shop and ordering food in a café.
See some photos of our Spanish lessons here.