As the second most spoken language on Earth, Spanish is an incredibly important world language for both business and personal development given the wide range of countries where the language is spoken.
As a department, we strongly believe that learning a language enhances pupils’ confidence and connects them to the wider world; it also helps pupils to foster essential values such as tolerance and open-mindedness.
At James Hornsby School, our vision is to develop communicative skills in our pupils through an engaging and challenging languages curriculum.
The Languages Curriculum
All pupils at James Hornsby will learn French or Spanish in year 7, 8 and 9. Grammatical skills are introduced in year 7 and developed throughout the following years. In the classroom, interactive resources and ICT are used to vary teaching and learning. To help and support pupils gain both confidence and knowledge during their language lesson, we do a range of activities including the following: language games, group work, paired work, music, video clips and research-based projects. Throughout KS3, pupils will extend their literacy skills, learn how to manipulate new structures, and develop new skills such as translation. Skills will be taught through a variety of engaging topics, such as ‘my family’, ‘food and drink’ and ‘my free time’. These topics lay the groundwork for what students need to be prepared for at GCSE.