At Westminster Cathedral Primary School the pupils are taught Spanish as part of their curriculum from Reception to Year 6 by a staff member who teaches Spanish across the school. Learning an additional language across their primary school education provides an opening for all our pupils to other cultures and countries within the world, it also develops pupils' curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world. Spanish is spoken in 20 countries within the world. By the pupils learning Spanish they are learning to communicate for practical purposes, learning new ways of thinking and are given the opportunities to learn skills which can equip them to study and work abroad.
The curriculum is taught through a balance of spoken and written language. It incorporates the pupils listening attentively to spoken language and showing their understanding by joining in and responding. Patterns and sounds of Spanish are taught through songs and rhymes. The pupils are also taught to read and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing. Through being exposed to Spanish stories, songs, poems and rhymes they are learning new vocabulary which they demonstrate in their speaking and listening and writing in Spanish.