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Cross Curricular Language Learning
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

This project has been formed and developed through an existing project (the Regio project) that partnered both Treloweth in Cornwall with CEIP Diego Lainez in Almazan, Soria. The original project introduced the schools to each other and allowed one teacher to visit and carry out a job shadowing exercise in the partner school. From this a link was created and small projects linking one class to another have been established. During this project, both schools suggested that more teachers and staff need to visit each school to establish the partnership further across both schools and to utilise the skills and resources that both schools have. This would allow the children in both schools to communicate with others in a different country and learn about the similarities and differences in culture but also to learn Spanish or English (speaking, reading and writing) though a native speaker. One of the ways to encourage and embed languages that was observed in the previous Regio project was teaching language in a cross curricular approach. By observing these practices, staff will be able to see how we can enhance our language skills across the curriculum not just in Spanish alone. This was such a drive in both schools that the part of the project where teachers job shadow each other was established. The first part of this project is to enhance and strengthen the staff at Treloweth's Spanish linguistic skills. This is due to Modern Foreign Languages being compulsory for children in Key Stage 2 in England in the 2014 National Curriculum. As a school it is a priority for us to develop and enhance our staff's linguistic capabilities to ensure the children in our care receive the level of Spanish that the Department for Education has set out. From this background the objectives for the project were set out by both schools in co-operation, with Treloweth's Spanish development taking priority due to the change in the curriculum: - to develop staff knowledge and confidence in speaking and teaching Spanish across KS2 - to develop understanding of Spanish culture to develop cross-curricular links - to develop children's knowledge and understanding of 'real' Spanish language and pronunciation - to explore Spanish being taught in different subject areas (CLIL) - to compare and evaluate teaching methods in both countries to inspire - to continue the Regio project to develop and deepen the links between the schools (adults and children alike) As part of this project, ten participants from Treloweth will be attending a week long intensive language course in Salamanca to enhance their knowledge of Spanish and to use in context. The ten participants are responsible for teaching Spanish to Key Stage 2 in Treloweth and have a varying degree of linguistic knowledge. By attending this course, the level of language will be increased and the quality of Spanish taught to the children will be improved. In the second part of the project, ten participants from Treloweth will be visiting CEIP Diego-Lainez in Almazan, Soria to take part in a job shadowing exercise to experience English being taught under the CLIL initiative. By doing this, the participants will be able to evaluate and reflect on how they can use Spanish in all areas of the curriculum and not just as a stand alone subject. The impact of this project will not just be for the participants or Treloweth alone. There are many benefits that both schools will receive from working together and spending time face to face in each others' teaching environments. In terms of the participants, we expect each teacher to have increased linguistic competence and confidence in delivering Spanish to the children in their care. The language course will have provided native pronunciation and grammatical skills that they will be able to use to progress the children's language skills further. This will include modelling and reading short pieces of writing. In terms of the children, we expect them to have energy and enthusiasm passed on through the participants experiences. Their own linguistic skills will be increased and they will be challenged to apply these skills in terms of reading and writing. The children will also have a wider knowledge of Spanish and European culture through joint projects and exchanges of work and letters between the children at both schools. In terms of CEIP Diego-Lainez and Treloweth as a whole, the staff will be in regular contact. This will allow a wider breadth of ideas and resources to be accessed not just restricted to the acquisition of language. A more cross-curricular approach to language teaching will be understood through this project and Spanish will be used in different subjects using CLIL as an excellent example of practice to follow. By carrying out this project, both schools will strengthen their partnership enabling them to go forward and plan more experiences but ultimately this project will benefit the children by uniting them through language.
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