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Seymour Park Spanish Language and Culture Project
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The Seymour Park Spanish Language and Culture Project will raise the profile of Spanish language and culture within our school to include all learners from EYFS through to Year 6 and to include all teachers. The aims of the project are to firstly assess the competences and capabilities of both staff and pupils in speaking, listening to and reading Spanish as well as their cultural awareness by carrying out a skills audit and discussing with the staff their needs in relation to the delivery of language teaching. This will help to decide on the priorities for the teachers when carrying out their trips abroad and an action plan will be drawn up. Whilst in Spain, one of the main objectives for the participants will be to improve their competence and confidence in speaking Spanish, to gather together a bank of effective strategies, games and activities to engage learners in the languages classroom and develop an understanding of Spanish pedagogy and the Spanish Education system. On returning to school, the teachers will carry our CPD training sessions and workshops to share what they have learnt from their trip abroad and support all teachers in the delivery of Spanish in their classroom. Progress and impact will be measured over a two year period using Europass Languages Skills Passport. Other evidence of impact will include samples of pupils' work, dialogue with pupils and staff, evidence of communication with the partner school and use of technologies and changes in the learning environment. The longer term benefits of the project will be that from a very early age the children will foster and love of languages which will stay within them throughout their time at our school and enable them to be confident speakers of Spanish and develop their cultural awareness of a European country.
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