Spanish / Year 3 and 4 / Understanding / Language variation and change

Curriculum content descriptions

Understand that language use varies according to the age and relationship of participants

[Key concepts: register, status; Key processes: observing, explaining]


  • reflecting on how they communicate with family and friends and with people less close to them, noticing differences in language use and communicative behaviour
  • analysing how the language of texts such as invitations, apologies or greeting cards may vary depending on the relationship between the sender and the receiver
  • noticing differences in the ways that Spanish and English speakers communicate with different people, for example, with young children or with unfamiliar adults
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
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Spanish language

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