Spanish at Woodland

We are very lucky at Woodland Community Primary School as we have so many aspiring Spanish Speakers on our School Staff Team. We use these skills to introduce children to another language in a way that is enjoyable, fun and accessible to all. Each week we deliver an age-appropriate lesson to our children from Reception to Year 6.

To further support this curriculum enrichment, we also provide access to online learning for our pupils, which we encourage our families to make use of.

At Woodland we teach Spanish because we recognise the benefits of learning the world’s fourth most widely spoken language.

Spanish is the official language in the following countries:  Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

We believe passionately that the learning of a foreign language offers significant educational, social and cultural benefits for all our children. Foreign language lessons play an important role in developing children’s speaking, listening and literacy skills.

At Woodland we acknowledge that children should be encouraged to apply their knowledge and understanding, so we provide opportunities to boost our pupils’ self-esteem and confidence through offering opportunities for enriched cross-curricular learning. Learning another language promotes intercultural understanding, giving our children a new perspective on the world and encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others.

At Woodland we work to not only equip our children with a language but to lay the foundations for future study, helping them develop positive attitudes to language learning throughout life.

We have listed below some of the learning our children should know and encourage our families to practise at home.  

In Reception and Key Stage 1 our children should know the following:

  • How to respond to simple greetings such as:
  • Hola
  • Me llamo….
  • Adiós
  • Por favor
  • Gracias
  • No
  • Colours in Spanish azul, verde, rojo, blanco, amarillo, rosado
  • Numbers 1-20 

In Key Stage 2 our children should know the following:

  • Numbers 20-100 
  • How to greet others in Spanish
  • Ask someone else what their name is ¿Cómo te llamas?
  • Respond to questions ¿Cómo te llamas ? Me llamo ...
  • Conduct simple conversations using hola, buenos días, adios
  • Ask someone how they feel ¿Cómo se siente ? or ¿Que tal?
  • Respond to how they feel       Siento...
  • Say and recognise the days of the week
  • Ask and say which month their birthday is
  • Say the months of the year with correct pronunciation
  • Recognise what the weather is like and respond ¿Que tiempo hace ?
  • Recognise regular and irregular verbs
  • Read and understand texts that contain familiar words.

To see what your children will be learning across the year view our Spanish Long Term Plan.

Woodland Spanish Long Term Plan.pdf

Learning at Home

At Woodland we are always looking for resources that will help support children's learning both in and out of the classroom. Language Angels is an award-winning language resource designed by an experienced team of foreign language specialists. 

Through using the website it enables children to access some games and resources from home. These games are based on what your children are learning in class. Resources are constantly being adapted and all games can be accessed via a computer, and some through a tablet or mobile device.

We would encourage all children to take advantage of this resource so that they can develop a second language with confidence. Maybe take the time to practise key words and phrases together as a family.

To get started, children in Year 1-6 need to access the Language Angels Website and click on Log In. From there select the Pupil Games Area. They will then need to correctly type their classes username and password. If they don’t have this information please contact school and we will be happy to provide it.