At School 21 we believe the Spanish curriculum should be an exciting and rich journey that takes pupils beyond the classroom.
Spanish at School 21 connects students with the real world through campaigning, singing, acting, storytelling, interviewing, film making, travelling and making friends with native speakers. At School 21 Spanish is taught from Reception through to A level, with most pupils studying the subject at GCSE.
As teachers of Spanish at School 21 we belong to a very special and unique department, empowered to be creative through collaboration with other departments and experts from outside. At the heart of our practise is storytelling. By engaging students in compelling stories, pupils move very quickly onto reading novels. We believe that nurturing pupils to become passionate independent readers in Spanish produces more confident writers and speakers.
Spanish Projects Overview
In the last two years Spanish and oracy teachers have combined to develop a ground breaking Human Rights project where students used sophisticated Spanish to campaign for the rights of the Latin American community in Newham, and also protested outside the Mango store in Oxford Street about the treatment of workers in Bangladesh.
Human Rights Project
Over the year, students were immersed in what human rights means in the 21st century and what makes a meaningful campaign, both in English and Spanish. They researched human rights abuses in Spanish speaking countries, as well as looking into the issues faced by the Latin American community in Newham, and created a campaign around their chosen cause.
In each campaign, pupils worked collaboratively to produce the following bilingual campaign material:
A campaign leaflet
A campaign letter
A petition published on 38 degrees
Working alongside organisations such as Redlines and the Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS), in the summer term pupils staged a Human Rights Day of Action. Pupils travelled across London to launch their campaigns at targeted locations. Pupils had to engage with members of the public to inform and persuade, deliver campaign letters to key stakeholders and perform their media stunt which involved the use of advanced English and Spanish oracy skills.
To develop their confidence as both speakers of English and Spanish (bilingual oracy)
To understand and explore the concept of human rights
To explore campaigning
What the teacher says:
"This project was a fantastic opportunity to provide pupils with an authentic cause and audience in which to develop their Spanish speaking skills. Emphasising to pupils that they have a voice, in more than one language, that can be used to change the world around them for the better was a humbling experience. Working alongside human rights organisations and campaign workers from each of our campaigns allowed the students to produce an end product that was both meaningful and far beyond the standards one would normally expect from year 8 pupils."
In October, 33 of our Year 11 students went on School 21's first ever trip abroad to Barcelona. The students were a credit to the school and fully immersed themselves in the Spanish (and Catalan) culture and language.
Aside from the usual tourist hotspots such as La Boqueria market, Las Ramblas, La Sagrada Familia and El Parc Guell, students took a graffiti tour of El Borne and Gotic areas which gave them a chance to see the tiny, hidden backstreets in the centre of the city.