Spanish at Rushmore
SPANISH LEAD: CHERRELLE GRAY
¡Nos encanta español en Rushmore!
Being a diverse school that is rich with a wealth of cultures, languages are at the heart of Rushmore’s community. Learning languages helps to build bridges across different cultures and helps children to develop their understanding of the wider world.
The British Council has highlighted Spanish as being the most important language for people in the UK to learn. Spanish is the second-most widely spoken language in the world, ahead of English, with 400 million native speakers across 21 countries. Learning Spanish helps children to develop their cognitive and multi-tasking skills, memory, and also aids their understanding of their English language through comparisons of grammar, conjugations and sentence structure.
Spanish at Rushmore
At Rushmore, Spanish is explicitly taught to children in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. In the Nursery and Reception, the children sing Spanish songs with actions, at the end of the day, to ensure they are given some exposure to the Spanish language. In Key Stages 1 and 2, every class receives 30 minutes of Spanish teaching each week. The class teacher delivers each lesson which is taken from a scheme of work created by the Hackney Teaching School’s Alliance (HSTA). The HTSA has previously worked closely with the Spanish Lead to ensure there is ongoing, good progression in Spanish speaking, listening, reading and writing skills throughout the school.
Spanish at Home
Each term, parents and carers receive a curriculum information booklet for their child’s year group. The Spanish section outlines the main learning objectives for the term as well as key vocabulary that the children will be focussing on. It is really helpful if children could practise these at home to consolidate the learning that is happening in class.
Alongside this, Rushmore has subscribed to Language Nut. Language Nut is a valuable resource that the children can access from home. There are many opportunities to practise reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in Spanish. Children in Years 2 – 6 have an individual login which is sent home each term. If your child does not know their login, please contact their class teacher.
Every year Rushmore celebrates Spain, and other Spanish speaking countries, by taking part in Spanish Day. The children are encouraged to wear red and yellow to school and take part in a range of cross-curricular activities related to Spain. Activities have previously included familiar stories being told in Spanish, making salsa and learning to flamenco dance.