The youngest students of Gad’s Hill School took part in their first Spanish workshop this week.
Nursery classmates, aged three to four-years old, spent time learning colours and singing with the school’s Head of Modern Foreign Languages, Miss Sophie Batther, who said: “It is never too early to study a second language. The class really engaged in the activities and I was very impressed with their enthusiasm and concentration.
“Making learning fun is key to grasping new concepts and children have an innate ability to acquire the rules of any language and achieve native-like pronunciation.”
The cohort took turns sounding-out the Spanish words for different colours and searching for objects of the same hue before singing and dancing along to ‘Chuchuwa’, an upbeat interactive nursery rhyme.
Miss Batther was thrilled to see the children express their newly-acquired knowledge during free play in the orchard, where the Nursery is set. Together, the school’s littlest learners could be heard repeating rojo, verde and azul while playing with building blocks and humming the tune of ‘Chuchuwa’ at the same time as scooting around the apple trees!
Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world so those who study it benefit both socially, by way of travel, and in the business world in their career choice.
Studies suggest that at a cognitive and academic level, children learning an additional language are more creative, better at solving complex problems and usually score higher on standardised tests.
At a personal level, the more languages a person speaks, the better access he or she will have to different people and resources from other countries and cultures. Additionally, it helps children to better understand other customs, expressions and styles of communication.
Taught at Gad’s Hill from Reception to Year eight, Seniors can choose Spanish as one of their GCSE options.
Senior students have previously visited Madrid and Barcelona. The five day trips featured specialist lessons at a language school, educational and cultural excursion and of course plenty of sightseeing and opportunities to practice conversational skills.