ˇVamos a continuar!

What is ˇVamos a continuar! about?

¡Vamos! is a lively, engaging and comprehensive introduction to Spanish for young learners at Key Stage 2. It covers aspects of the first two QCA units for Spanish: Unit 1 - ¡Hablo español! and Unit 2 - Me presento.

The aim of the module is to help teachers, including non-MFL specialists to establish classroom routines in Spanish, as well as introduce core vocabulary and phrases which will form a base for future learning.

¡Vamos! includes a selection of videos, activities and things to do, as well as the talking dictionary section to introduce vocabulary relating to greetings, classroom language, days of the week, festivals and weather. Alongside each video, a transcript is available to introduce vocabulary and language structures in the written form. The talking dictionary, like the video clips and other activities is voiced by native speakers. You can now right click on any talking dictionary word to save the mp3 file elsewhere. This section reinforces the vocabulary, and provides pupils with the opportunity to listen to and repeat key words.

What does it contain?

Videos

Hello: This clip shows different ways of saying "hello" in Spanish, as well as suitable greetings for different times of the day. Pupils could be encouraged to act out small scenes including the vocabulary used in this video, and in other clips in the 'Greetings' video section.

How are you?: Different ways of asking someone how they are, along with a selection of responses are featured in this clip. Cultural gestures, such as kissing when greeting someone could be pointed out to pupils.

Goodbye: A number of ways of saying "goodbye" to someone can be heard in this clip. As with all video clips, there is an accompanying transcript and links to words not included in the Talking dictionary section.

Registration: As registration is taken, a range of responses when answering a class register can be heard. It could be pointed out that the teacher is called by her first name, Montse (an abbreviation of the name Montserrat). This occurs more frequently in Spanish classrooms. Children could be told the Spanish equivalent of their names, and answer the register in Spanish each lesson.

Classroom instructions: This video clip introduces the key phrases used by teachers in establishing classroom routines and giving out instructions. The class follows the instructions given by the teacher, with actions. The class viewing the video could join in with the actions, to help them remember the commands. Words for praise can also be heard in this clip.

In the classroom: Vocabulary for items to be found in a typical classroom is introduced in this clip. It is also an opportunity to introduce pupils to the use of the indefinite article and look at how questions are written in Spanish, within the accompanying transcript.

In my pencil case: This video clip contains a presentation by a Spanish-speaking pupil, of items typically found in a pencil case. The words also appear on screen.

Guessing game: In this clip, a group of children try to remember the words for the items found in the pencil case. By pausing the video, the class can join in the guessing game. It also consolidates the words for "yes" and "no", as well as words to demonstrate praise or encouragement.

Numbers 1-10: Some students count from 1 to 10 in Spanish. Pupils viewing the clip could join in, and leap up as they shout different numbers too! The written words for numbers can also be seen on the screen.

Numbers 1-20: A boy counts coloured pencils to consolidate the words for numbers 1 to 20, and to introduce 11 to 20. The words can be seen on the screen. Teachers could also introduce some words for colours here.

Some numbers 1-31: A selection of numbers (there are 14 in total) are introduced in different contexts, with a voice over saying what these numbers are. Students can imitate the spoken model.

Which numbers? 1-31: Depending on level of confidence, and previous practice of numbers 1 to 31, pupils could try to provide the voice over for this piece, before or after viewing the clip Some numbers 1-31.

Alphabet: This video clip runs through a list of basic Spanish words starting with each letter of the alphabet, as well as ch and ll. There are also words containing the ñ and rr sounds. It can be pointed out that h is silent and that b and v have the same sound, in Spanish. Some of the words will already be familiar, as they have been introduced elsewhere in the module. Other words will be new to pupils.

Days of the week: As the days of the week are introduced on screen, a number of pupils say one simple activity that they do on each day of the week. Some present tense verbs in the first person are also introduced. There are a number of cognates to help work out what each pupil does on each day.

The weather: Different types of weather conditions, and how to say them in Spanish are focused upon in this video clip. The clip starts with a question asking what the weather is like.

Festivals: This clip features a selection of festivals and celebrations, some particularly celebrated in Spain and Spanish-speaking countries.

Activities

The days of the week: The task is to put the days of the week in order. There can be two attempts before the answer is revealed, with sound. It could be pointed out that days of the week begin with lower-case letters, rather than capital letters, in Spanish.

In my school bag: This is a memory game which tests pupils of their knowledge of vocabulary for items to be found in a school bag or pencil case. Words and images need to be matched. Sound can be heard for both to reinforce pronunciation.

Questions and answers: A list of five basic questions need to be matched with an answer from a selection of seven. The questions and answers can be heard. Once the task is complete, pupils could be asked to give their own answers to the questions - including spelling out their names

¡Lotto!: To consolidate the learning of numbers, this fun Lotto! game offers students the chance to challenge Ash to a game of lotto. The numbers included in the game are 1 to 30, so it is suggested that this activity is attempted after some practise and consolidation of these numbers.

Things to do

Missing letters : This printable worksheet features photographs of different items to be found in a pencil case. Pupils complete the words for each item by filling in the missing letters. In follow-up pair work activity, pupils could practise using the alphabet by spelling out other items for others to guess.

Guess who: This worksheet includes a selection of introductions, with words missing. Pupils need to fill in the missing words from a choice given. The Talking dictionary page called Introductions is a useful link, if extra help is needed to complete this printable activity. Children could practise reading out loud the scripts of the different characters featured.

What is the weather like?: This activity asks pupils to match six weather symbol pictures with the correct short phrase from a list. Words can be clicked and dragged into the boxes below the weather symbols. The worksheet can also be printed, and the answers written on.

Grammar

How to say 'a' / 'an' or 'some' - The indefinite article: This grammar resource groups masculine and feminine nouns. Masculine nouns are colour-coded in blue, and feminine nouns in red. Plural forms of the indefinite article are also shown, in the masculine and feminine forms.

Route creator

Weather words: This example of a route produced by Polly, provides a 'lesson plan' using the assets relating to weather, in this module.

My pencil case: Kim, our Espresso character has produced a longer route navigating through assets relating to vocabulary and grammar relating to classroom essentials.

Talking dictionary

Alphabet: The alphabet is presented here. Letter sounds for each letter of the alphabet, as well as for letter sounds particular to Spanish words (ch, ll, ñ, rr) can be heard. It is a useful resource for spelling practice.

Classroom instructions: Different instructions that a teacher would say to a class are listed here. Pupils could be encouraged to look for word patterns.

Days of the week: The days of the week are listed here. There is also a note about how accents place emphasis on particular parts of the words.

Festivals: A number of celebrations are featured, as well as some festivals particularly celebrated in Spain.

Greetings: Vocabulary used when greeting someone, asking how they are or saying goodbye is listed here. Spanish punctuation, including the ¡ and ¿ is included.

In my schoolbag: A list for items typically found in a schoolbag. How to say "some" as well as "a/an" is shown.

In the classroom: Vocabulary for objects found around a classroom.

Introductions: Questions and answers to give and find out basic personal information.

Numbers: Pupils can click and listen to the numbers 0 to 31. The numbers can be clicked in any order, to listen to different sequences or number groups.

The weather: There is an introduction to some simple weather vocabulary in this section.

Learning review

Learning review: Pupils are provided with the opportunity to assess their progress in learning Spanish, by checking the boxes in this section after undertaking the relevant activities and worksheets.

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If you and the children in your class enjoy using using ¡Vamos!, please let us know. Write to the Primary Team, Espresso Education Ltd, Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, W6 9RL. Or email: primary@espresso.co.uk
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