We are teaching Spanish as the first foreign language throughout Key Stage 2 as part of a Hackney Learning Trust pioneering project. Our aim at Lauriston is to ensure that children develop a good basic understanding and a love of Spanish. We help them acquire the foundations for further foreign language learning at Key Stage 3 and a smoother transfer to Secondary School.
Pupils at Lauriston enjoy the benefits of starting to learn a foreign language at an early age. We teach through songs, videos, games, interactive activities and lessons based on a practical communicative approach.
We endeavour to enable our pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language by working on four basic skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Excellent accent and intonation is reinforced in every lesson since we believe in a “Talk for writing approach”
Our stimulating curriculum and an eclectic approach to teaching enables us to use different techniques and resources to provide our children with a high-quality language education.
Sessions are not long but they are very exciting and aimed at infusing children with a love of Spanish. Children at Lauriston like Spanish because they can enjoy playing with the language and become life-long lovers of Spanish whilst maintaining high educational expectations. We strive to create a safe and relaxed environment based on mutual respect that entices pupils to participate actively and that fosters team spirit.
We revisit grammar structures, vocabulary and phonics throughout the year and the Key Stage to ensure that pupils demonstrate mastery of learning before moving on to new content. The language learning is based on providing pupils opportunities to practice manipulating the language (in pairs, groups or individually) and on-going assessment tasks.
Learning a foreign language provides an opening to other cultures, fosters their curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world. All children regardless of their background and ability are encouraged to develop their full potential in Spanish. All pupils feel engaged and enjoy learning Spanish within the context of the culture of the Hispanic world.
Summer Term 2017
In KS2 pupils will be learning: classroom interaction and instructions in Spanish; talking about their birthdate; to say the date; the Spanish alphabet; to do maths in Spanish; Arts & Spanish; classroom vocabulary; the articles & Spanish grammar (number and gender); talking about what they like and they don’t; Spanish verbs patterns; body parts; Sports; Food & drinks and means of transport.
Children are learning through songs, rhymes, games and interactive activities.
Free Spanish Website for Lauriston Pupils
All pupils at Lauriston will be able to enjoy again one of the most successful websites for children to learn languages. Languagenut.com is an award-winning language learning website with interactive and engaging activities and resources for both children and teachers. The Languagenut website includes a range of topics, new games, songs and other inspiring resources like sentence builders.
Languagenut.com will allow pupils to extend their learning time for Spanish. All children, teachers and staff can enjoy access for free both in the school, at home or anywhere else.
T6o access the site, all you need to do is type languagenut.com on your computer, laptop, iPad, tablet or phone and start navigating and exploring the website. It is very straight forward.
All KS2 pupils will receive an individual username and password which they can use to track their individual work and records on Languagenut.
Log in details for KS1 children will be sent to parents.
Please encourage your child to use Languagenut at home in order to improve their Spanish and to develop a love of learning a foreign language.