Children are introduced to some of the most useful words and phrases in the Spanish language. The main objective is introductions. The children will start to learn the Spanish for greetings, saying goodbye, saying their names and saying how they are feeling. They will also become familiar with numbers one to five in Spanish, along with a few colours.
The second level consolidates work done on greetings in level one by introducing us to more of the Spanish children, in a café setting. The main language content is centred around easy-to-grasp forms of the Spanish verbs for have, like, and want. More colours are introduced (others are reinforced) and the children will also become familiar with some names of fruits and drinks.
This level increases exposure to new vocabulary by presenting useful language mainly related to the home. We see family members in photographs; house numbers from ten to twenty; days of the week in a chant; clothes in a dressing up game; and the Spanish children with their toys. Some additional vocabulary is also gently introduced in preparation for future learning.
A visit to the zoo is the setting for this level, and new vocabulary centres around types of animals. Much of the language used has already been introduced in previous levels, so with some subtle variations in the presented language (such as 'How big!' rather than 'Very big') the children should find this level quite straightforward to grasp.
This level reviews colours, family and numbers 1-20, the verb have, and further language covered in previous levels. It also focuses on key classroom vocabulary and we see some of the Spanish children at school. Other new vocabulary introduced in this unit includes: parts of the body, and tu (your).
Food and shopping are the main elements in level six, which for the children means cooking a typical Spanish dish, using potato stamps, and buying fruit in an improvised shop. Among the key language practised in this unit: food vocabulary; colours; the verb 'have'; and counting. Meanwhile, the familiar What's in the bag? game is put to music.
Lots more revision runs through this level, the theme of which is Travel. New language includes modes of transport and how to say mine and yours. Among the fun activities are: a Chinese Whisper; making a paper aeroplane; a Mexican Wave; and a game of I Spy. The children will also learn more about the place of Spanish as a world language.
Countries and weather types account for most of the new language in level eight, which has 'the beach' as its main theme. Clothes vocabulary is reviewed and, for the first time in this scheme of work, there's an activity which revises selected vocabulary from each of the previous units. As the children are now very familiar with verbal use of the core vocabulary, word recognition and writing practice are stepped up.
This level is all about play. It features traditional and improvised games children can play outside as well as in. Early on, the children learn a Let's Play routine to introduce each new activity. Numbers, colours, and animals are reviewed - along with new animal vocabulary. Writing skills are consolidated further, and the children are given more opportunities to be flexible with their Spanish, as they continue to explore how the language works.
A birthday party is the theme for the final level. Level ten is quite challenging for the children, largely because it reviews selected language from previous units - on occasion in blocks at a time - to consolidate language the children have learned over the course of this Scheme of Work. As a consequence, many of the activities are longer than in earlier units. In addition to the recapping, there's still some new language to be introduced, as well as plenty of writing practice and word recognition.
Level 2 is on the theme of Friendship. It features the Spanish children arranging to meet at the park, playing all sorts of improvised games - including many with numbers - and taking a refreshment break together.
Level 3 provides simple key language associated with art, expecially colours. This episode (13 minutes) shows the Spanish children painting, describing those paintings, and a zany auction of the paintings at the end.
This level is about the family and the video episode lasts 15 minutes. It introduces all the names of family members and features a cousin of one of the Spanish children out and about in her home city, naming each place she visits.
Level 5 is about letters. The accompanying episode lasts 7 minutes and focuses on the Spanish alphabet (very similar to the English alphabet). The Spanish children make all the letters with their body shapes; and there is an alphabet bingo game.
Level 6 takes in the school day. This episode lasts 16 minutes and follows siblings Joe and Maggie, who live in Spain, getting ready for school and later learning with their classmates. Vobabulary includes rooms in the house, clock times and birthdays.
This level looks mainly at colours, modes of transport, and comparing sizes. The accompanying episode is 12 minutes' long and it stars Joe and Maggie taking a ferry and using a map to find their way to the beach.
Level 10 features a mix of language presented in a game show starring Dani and Victoriano against Julia and Maggie. Ana Belén is the host of the show and she has the audience howling with laughter over her unique presenting style!
A 5 minute episode accompanies this level with a passport theme. The theme allows us to concentrate on language such as "Where are you from?", "What's your name?", "What have you got?", "How old are you?"
Level 12's episode is 18 minutes' long and is all about shopping. So there are lots of examples of food types as well as pricing of items. Maggie is the shop assistant and she serves Victoriano (buying pizza ingredients), Aitana (Spanish omelette), Julia (salad), and Ana Belén (sandwich).
Level 14's focus is primarily on musical instruments. In the 12 minute episode the verb 'have' is also a feature, and often combines with the instruments themselves to form questions and answers, such as "Has she got a trumpet?" or "I've got a guitar".
This level with an 'at home' theme looks mainly at language presented in previous levels, such as rooms in a house, numbers, and ways to introduce yourself. The accompanying episode is 13 minutes' long and it features Joe and Maggie visiting their friends' house in Spain.
Level 17 is built around a 14 minute episode filmed at a Spanish fun fair. This episode is unusual in that it was shot in the style of a silent movie. So there is no spoken Spanish; only written. The children will already be familiar with much of the language they willencounter here.
There's never been a birthday party quite like this one! The episode for level 18 is 16 minutes in length. Language featured in this level includes 'Happy birthday', superlative adjectives (biggest, smallest etc), cognates and 'What is your favourite colour?'
Level 20 has a treasure hunt theme and its episode lasts 16 minutes. Drawing from the clues found by the Spanish children, this level's activities feature animals, shapes, verb formation, numbers and spellings.
Level 24, the penultimate level. Magic tricks form the basis of this episode of nearly 19 minutes in length. There is plenty of language recapping, including numbers and animals, while several types of fruit are introduced.
Level 25 is a 'whodunnit?' mystery starring all the Spanish children. In the unfolding story there's a burglar, eyewitnesses, a detective, and various suspects. Language input includes a list of nouns, likes and dislikes, plus how to describe people.