Pupils at our school learn Spanish and enjoy the benefits of starting to learn a foreign language at an early age.
Learning a foreign language provides an opening to other cultures, fosters pupils’ curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world. It helps them to develop communication skills, including key skills of speaking and listening, and extends their knowledge of how language works, helping them to develop their grammar skills, and overall preparing pupils to the challenges of the secondary languages curriculum.
Our curriculum has been designed to progressively develop skills in Spanish. Our Scheme of Work shows how we deliver the National Curriculum Programme of Study for Languages. We refer to the yearly objectives mapped out by Hackney Education to inform our planning. The units of work in which our curriculum is divided, are the medium-term plans, covering approximately half a term each and showing the order in which we teach. These units of work set out the learning intentions in knowledge, skills and understanding, grammar, vocabulary and phonics with assessment approaches and tasks.
Bronze Spanish Primary Award
Lauriston has been awarded a Bronze Primary Spanish Award (Premio Español Primaria) for its success in Embedding Spanish across the Curriculum. This award demonstrates the high Quality of their Spanish Provision and recognises well established best practice from schools in Hackney. It is also used by secondary schools to measure the quality of the Spanish provision.
The award and its criteria were developed by a number of language and education specialists, to promote and encourage outstanding Spanish teaching practice across Hackney.
It is endorsed and supported by the British Council, the Spanish Embassy Education Department and the Junta de Castilla y León.
At Lauriston, extended learning is promoted by our Spanish Champions, who help other pupils and support their class teachers to practice what we learn in Spanish class throughout the week.
Our Spanish Champions always follow Lauriston’s expectations. We feel extremely proud of them and the important role they play in our school.