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Independent education for boys and girls aged 3 - 13
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Spanish is a widely spoken language with over 440 million speakers in the world and the ability to communicate in this language is a growing advantage to all. It is becoming of greater importance in Europe and a popular second option in primary and secondary schools in the UK.

See our new Spanish Wiki page http://cpsspanish.wikispaces.com

Curriculum
Spanish is introduced in Year 1 and pupils have one lesson per week up to Year 4.

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The lessons are dynamic and fun and the aim is to make the language accessible to all through games, storytelling and songs. There is some reading and writing activities to reinforce the vocabulary in Year 3 and Year 4.
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In Year 4 students are completing the European Language Portfolio, developed by the Council of Europe and CiLT, to record their progress and reflect on their learning experience.

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In Senior School students have two to three lessons per week. The book used is Listos 1 which follows the most up to date National Curriculum guidelines. It encourages a communicative approach but follows a clear grammatical progression.
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Use of ICT
The language room is equipped with an Interactive Smartboard. We have EDpaX Primary Spanish, a software package which follows the QCA Scheme of Work for Languages. This offers pupils the opportunity to complete a wide range of tasks.

We also use computers to access relevant websites:

www.languagesonline.org.uk/

For vocabulary and grammar

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryspanish/

For vocabulary

www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/

For vocabulary and grammar

www.alienlanguage.co.uk/

For vocabulary

www.linguascope.com/

For vocabulary and grammar

www.conjugation.org/

For verbs

www.mepsyd.es/exterior/uk/es/consej/es/publicaciones/primaria.shtml

Resources

www.oye.languageskills.co.uk/beginner/year7.html

For vocabulary and grammar

www.library.thinkquest.org/J0111321/

For vocabulary

www.pekegifs.com/

For games

Cultural experience
As well as classroom teaching, we tend to involve pupils in all sorts of activities: European Day of Languages (26th September), Hispanic Day (12th October) with a Spanish menu, Christmas in Spain Assembly, Spanish cooking, Spanish tapas tasting, and Spanish breakfast are some of these.

We currently have one partner school abroad. We run an email exchange with Las Naciones School in Madrid. Students have the opportunity to communicate in Spanish with native speakers and to consider the experiences and perspectives of people of the same age in a different country.

We ran a trip to Barcelona in April 2011 and one to Madrid in October 2011 which is part of an exchange programme.
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Company Name: Chesham Preparatory School Trust Limited
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