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After-school Spanish club at Infant School

Discussion in 'Primary' started by guagua19, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. Hi there!

    I have been asked to start an after-school Spanish club at a combined Infant/Nursery School by the headmaster. This is a really exciting opportunity for me, because I completed 3/4 of my NQT at a secondary school last year and have decided that I definitely do not want to continue in secondary education. (I realise that the after-school club will not in any way contribute to the last part of outstanding NQT year.) Last terms I assisted with two Year 2 Spanish classes as it is likely that I will also be teaching one of the classes Spanish once a fortnight.

    My question is: does anyone have any ideas about the best format / framework for the after-school club? Although the children are young , they are enthusiastic (as I gather there is already a waiting list) and the headmaster is very keen for Spanish to be taught at the the school. Being a club, I think that the primary focus should be about having fun through learning, so lots of songs, games, activities etc, but would appreciate any input about the forma/framework which caters for this age group (mostly Year 2s I think) to ensure full participation and motivation.

    Thanks in advance for any advice anyone can give me!

    Cheers

    Jo
     
  2. Hi there!

    I have been asked to start an after-school Spanish club at a combined Infant/Nursery School by the headmaster. This is a really exciting opportunity for me, because I completed 3/4 of my NQT at a secondary school last year and have decided that I definitely do not want to continue in secondary education. (I realise that the after-school club will not in any way contribute to the last part of outstanding NQT year.) Last terms I assisted with two Year 2 Spanish classes as it is likely that I will also be teaching one of the classes Spanish once a fortnight.

    My question is: does anyone have any ideas about the best format / framework for the after-school club? Although the children are young , they are enthusiastic (as I gather there is already a waiting list) and the headmaster is very keen for Spanish to be taught at the the school. Being a club, I think that the primary focus should be about having fun through learning, so lots of songs, games, activities etc, but would appreciate any input about the forma/framework which caters for this age group (mostly Year 2s I think) to ensure full participation and motivation.

    Thanks in advance for any advice anyone can give me!

    Cheers

    Jo
     
  3. rc07

    rc07 New commenter

    Hi,
    I am a primary languages specialist and at my old school was languages co-ordinator and also ran a Spanish club (for KS2 but most of my charges came from my Yr 3 class so hopefully some overlap!) This could be a great oppurtunity and it sounds like you have great ideas already. My main tip is don't make the sessions too long - I started off doing 45 mins after school and it was too much - 30 mins will be plenty. You are right to focus on games and fun learning - a puppet for conversation practise is always good. You can drop in some basic reading/sound work with word recognition but I would steer clear of writing or any more reading than the odd basic word at their age.
    Other tip - they will need more repetition than you probably think so I found it useful to have an outline plan for maybe half a term of sessions but be prepared to spend at least part of each session revisiting previous work before trying to move on. Alternatively, even shorter sessions more frequently (2x20 mins each week?) would provide younger children with regular reinforcement and helps their concentration.
    Good luck and feel free to shout if I can help more.
     
  4. Thank you so much for taking the time to reply to my query. The advice you have given me is great! Now all I have to do is take a deep breath and do it....!
     

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