St Francis Xavier

Catholic Primary School

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Foreign Languages

At St Francis Xavier we recognise the diversity of our school pupils and staff and acknowledge the many different languages in our school community. Through our history projects, if appropriate, we do touch on ancient languages but in order to fulfil the criteria of the National Curriculum for key stage 2 languages, our school focuses on a Spanish scheme of work. We teach the children the four key skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking in Spanish. We embrace cultural capital of the Hispanic world and aim for the pupils to really foster an interest in learning another language.

Pupils cover a range of subject phrases and vocabulary.  At St Francis Xavier we believe in submerging the children in Spanish as much as possible.  Listening to the spoken word is key, with plenty of opportunity to practise speaking. We believe lots of pair work not only encourages the pupils confidence in speaking another language but also builds up their ability and courage to speak up during any subject on the curriculum.  Giving children a voice is important to us.


During Spanish club this Autumn we are looking at the story 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle.  'La Oruga Muy Hambrienta' in Spanish is a wonderful book that the whole of key stage 2 can enjoy and helps to teach numbers, days of the week and different foods.


The book can be read like a parallel text to that of the English version.  The children are encouraged to see any differences and recognise word order.


Spanish Club - a free club offered to all key stage 2 children, once a week, at lunch time.

Our friend José the elephant helps us out during our Spanish Class with our speaking practice. He makes sure our pronunciation and intonation improves!

Introducing the baseline key stage 2 vocabulary