Authentic stories and songs is a great way of introducing language in a non-threatening way, says Lisa Stevens…
The National Curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils understand and respond to… written language from a variety of authentic sources… Pupils should be taught to read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing [and] appreciate stories, song, poems and rhymes in the language” (Languages PoS).
Children learn and develop their skills in language through rhymes and songs as they include a lot of repetition, are often short and the rhythm/tune adds to ease of memorisation. Stories too are a familiar, safe form for children.
What they’ll learn
To join in with an authentic Spanish rhyme/song and to give clues to an object using the name of the initial letter in Spanish
To understand and use prepositions of place to describe images
To understand and give directions using prepositions
Lisa Stevens is a primary languages educator and consultant who teaches at two Birmingham primary schools. She has consulted on a various projects including the BBC Schools Radio series ¡Mi Madrid! for KS2 Spanish learners. Find her at lisibo.com and follow her on Twitter at @lisibo.
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