Spanish Assembly at Nethermains – June 2015
by Caroline Cane
Primary 4 from Nethermains Primary School have been working extremely hard all year learning Spanish and more recently, about the culture of Spain through an IDL topic.
As the children have progressed through primary 4, the language has become increasingly embedded and they have improved their understanding of their own culture and language values. Recently, they confidently presented their learning by way of a fully Spanish speaking assembly, using various songs and drama with the aid of two translators to assist with language barriers.
There is a clear understanding that modern language activities need to be engaging, motivating and purposeful, allowing the children to enjoy practicing new sounds and phrases and building their confidence in using the language. Songs, poems, rhymes and games provide a very strong linguistic basis for children’s learning and enjoyment of a modern language. Bilingual environmental print and pictures support activities within the classroom in addition to the use of puppets, characters and the interactive whiteboards. Activities are clearly related to the experiences and outcomes in literacy, numeracy, health and wellbeing, and to the wider curriculum.
As a result, children have developed confidence in using another language and are very keen to learn more. There is a genuine atmosphere of excitement about learning languages in Nethermains, which is a result of the positive school ethos around languages and global citizenship, supported by an enthusiastic head teacher and staff. Nethermains is well placed to develop languages further.
Feedback from twitter:
@stbprimary2 Well done! This is fabulous!
@falkirk1plus2 ¡Bien hecho P4 ! ¡excelente!
@ElliePrimary1 Very well done. All very clear and well presented.
@PerthHighMFL This is brilliant! You can tell the class that I’ll be showing the pupils at the high school this! Very impressive! ¡Fantástico!
@claganach Effective use of class YouTube channel
@StMungosSpanish This is amazing! Only P4!
@afcwull This is great well done P4 #1prouddad 🙂