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Languages: Spanish

Years 3 and 4


Animales de Venezuela

Summary of task

Students learnt about Venezuelan animals and how to describe habitat, characteristics, what they eat and what they can do. Students were familiar with simple sentence constructions using present tense verbs, adjectives, simple conjunctions, plural forms, gender and appropriate word order and punctuation. Students practised writing sentences based on modelled examples and accessed nature books and internet sources about animals in Spanish.

In this task, students were asked to research two Venezuelan animals and present the information in the form of a poster. Students were asked to include information about the following:

  • Habitat
  • Diet
  • Abilities
  • Characteristics
  • Pictures of the animals

Students had access to notes and resources to complete this task.

Achievement standard

By the end of Year 4, students interact with teachers and peers in classroom routines, action-related talk and play. They use formulaic expressions when participating in classroom routines and collaborative activities, such as complimenting others (for example, El bolso de Susana es hermoso), requesting help (for example, Necesito ayuda con mi bicicleta) and seeking permission such as ¿Puedo ir al salón de informática?. They interpret visual, non-verbal and contextual cues such as intonation, gestures and facial expressions to help make meaning. They make statements using the present tense and the present + infinitive form (for example, quiero cantarquiero salir) about aspects of their lives such as school, home and everyday routines (for example, Mi escuela está cerca de mi casa, Me gusta la clase de español). They approximate Spanish pronunciation and intonation in simple statements. Students gather information relating to own and others’ lifestyles and present information at sentence level in simple texts. They make simple statements about characters such as La bruja es amable, themes and their own reactions such as El payaso está triste in response to imaginative texts. They use modelled sentence structures to compose short original texts using conjunctions such as y, o, porque and pero, and prepositions such as a, con, de and en. Students use vocabulary related to school, home and lifestyles (for example, divertido, alto, gordogrande). They use possessive adjectives (for example, mi libronuestro coche), adjectives (for example, extrañofantástico)singular and plural forms (for example, el árbol, la cafetería, las pelotas, los mensajesand regular verbs (for example, cantarcorrervivirin simple constructions. When writing, they apply punctuation and capitalisation rules. They translate short texts, using word lists and dictionaries and create simple bilingual texts. They use simple phrases and expressions that reflect cultural practices, for example, diminutives such as Sarita, gatico.

Students differentiate between statements, commands, exclamations and questions according to intonation. They identify similarities and differences between some Spanish and English texts, recognising that familiar texts have characteristic features. They give examples of how language use varies according to the age, gender and relationship of participants, and of ways that languages change over time. They name some of the many languages that are spoken in Australia, and identify languages represented in the class and local community. They identify ways in which the cultures of Spanish speakers influence everyday interactions, involving greetings such as hugging or kissing on both cheeks and polite expressions such as ¿Me pasa el ipad por favor?

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