At Willow Primary School, we ASPIRE to provide a broad, vibrant and ambitious Spanish curriculum that motivates and inspires pupils to learn an additional language through a wide variety of topics and themes. As a school, we chose to teach Spanish as a result of our children's feedback about their interests and countries they visit most frequently.  

Throughout Key Stage 2, teachers primarily use the Language Angels scheme of work. All teachers promote and encourage high expectations and excellent standards in their foreign language learning - the ultimate aim being that pupils will feel willing and able to continue studying languages beyond key stage 2. Following the Rosenshine's Principles of Teaching, teachers deliver Spanish in small bursts which is regularly revisited and repeated to ensure their learning is embedded. 

All content will be continuously updated and reviewed annually, creating a dynamic programme of study that will be clearly outlined in both long-term and short-term planning. This will ensure that the foreign language knowledge of our pupils progresses within each academic year and is extended year upon year.   

The four key language learning skills; listening, speaking, reading and writing will be taught and all necessary grammar will be covered in an age-appropriate way across the primary phase. This will enable pupils to use and apply their learning in a variety of contexts, laying down solid foundations for future language learning and also helping the children improve overall attainment in other subject areas. 

Throughout the year, pupils will also participate in specific language days where we focus on additional languages and celebrate their cultures through a variety of activities. 

Our school has links to schools in different countries!

We achieved the International Schools Intermediate Award

Willow Primary School has successfully met the criteria for the Intermediate level of the British Council International School Award!!!

Here is what our external assessors from the British Council had to say -

"You have written very informative, introductory paragraphs showing the thinking behind your programme and then demonstrated the commitment of staff developing a very wide range of appropriate activities."

The external assessor for the British Council continued to state that he was impressed with the 'breadth' of activities we provided our students at Willow Primary School.

At Willow Primary School, we are committed to enhancing languages and making links with international schools.

Kestrels class had been busy making new friends with children from the British International School of Boston, USA!! They continued to forge friendships with peers across the pond and shared details of their hobbies, families and daily school life!

Owls class investigated Thailand and made some fantastic connections with children from the Harrow International School Bangkok! They learnt about the different cultures, daily routines and even shared their topic work! 

Harrow International School Bangkok - Our Link School

British International School Boston - Our School International Link

Cambridge Assessment English

Our school is continuing to develop connections with communities across the world and we have registered with the Cambridge English Assessment organisation. 

This project enables students to write to children in Spanish speaking schools and develop a greater understanding of languages and cultures across the globe. We are awaiting confirmation of being 'matched' with a school.

Keep a look out for updates!

Year 3 Key Vocabulary

Year 4 Key Vocabulary

Year 5 Key Vocabulary

Year 6 Key Vocabulary

Links to Doncaster Sheffield Airport

We are dedicated to creating new links with our community! Here Ian Smith and Kristie White came in during our Heritage Week (for the second year running) to talk to Year 4 about destinations, jobs and the history of Doncaster Sheffield Airport. 

The children loved learning about the roles and responsibilities of staff members ... and trying on the Captain's hat of course!