I was fortunate enough to be able to attend a Spanish immersion course in Malaga, Spain during the Easter holidays. This was to refresh and improve my Spanish language skills and to improve my expertise in the teaching of Spanish to young learners. Schools are expected to expand and improve language learning as part of the 1+2 Modern Languages initiative introduced by the Scottish government. From 2021, every child will learn two languages in addition to English and will continue learning these languages until the end of S3.
Due to this initiative, children at our school are learning French from nursery and Spanish from P5.
As well as learning languages, children are expected to develop cultural awareness and understanding of other countries. To this end, P6b have become involved an eTwinning project with a school in Palencia, Spain. eTwinning is an online community which allows schools in Europe to find partners and work together on projects within a secure network and platform. Our project is called ‘This is my City’ and involves the children creating an information file about themselves and their city in Spanish to share with the Spanish school. The children in the Spanish school are preparing to share similar information about themselves and their city in English. Therefore, the children are practising their foreign language skills and learning more about the other school and the children there. Well done, P6b!
A group of us visited France during the Easter holidays as part of the 1+2 modern language initiative.
The Scottish Government introduced the 1+2 scheme with the aim that every child will learn two languages in addition to their mother tongue. This will enable learners to become confident and competent linguists, to develop their communication skills, and to understand the international opportunities available to them. “Scottish Government’s ambition is to expand and improve language learning, by 2020, so that our young people are equipped with the skills and competencies they need in our increasingly globalised world.”
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At Hermitage Park, pupils will have the opportunity to learn French from nursery, and Spanish from Primary 5.
Miss Wilson, Miss Brown, Miss Alexander, Miss Thomson, Miss Firth, Miss Bishop and Mrs Gray were fortunate to spend a week in Lyon in April. We attended classes and engaged with French culture through excursions and group tasks. Mrs Salvona also spent a week in Spain to further develop her knowledge of Spanish language and culture.
This increased our confidence in delivering French and Spanish, and we now feel more equipped with games, songs, and fun activities to engage the children in learning a new language. We have been working on implementing some of these ideas in the classroom since we returned.
We will keep you updated with our progress in French and Spanish! Here are some photos from our trip.