At The Lyceum, we believe a child’s developing mind is enriched by exposure to different languages as this provides them with invaluable social and cultural experiences, and lays the foundation for future language learning as well as preparing them for life in a multi-cultural society. We aim to introduce children to another language in a way that is enjoyable and fun, and to stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language.
Children are taught Spanish from Nursery through to Year 6 by native Spanish speakers. For EYFS and Key Stage 1 pupils, these lessons are taught through a combination of songs, games and conversational puppets. For pupils in Key Stage 2, lessons comprise asking and answering questions, expressing opinions, playing games and appreciating stories. The pattern and sounds of the language are explored through songs, poems and rhymes. We provide a blend of spoken, listening, reading and written skills in Spanish which consolidate and broaden pupils’ knowledge as they progress through the school.
We respect and value that many of our students speak more than one language at home and often have family members abroad with whom they speak another language. This cultural richness is explored and celebrated across the whole school community.