Spanish (MFL)




 Within our school we hope to: 

  • Foster enjoyment in learning other languages; 

  • To teach the Spanish language in a way that is enjoyable and fun; 

  • To make children aware that language has structure, and that the structure differs from one language to another; (link literacy) 

  • To help children develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries; 

  • To develop speaking and listening skills; 

  • To foster an enjoyment of language that will continue beyond our school. 

  • To develop a knowledge of other countries and promote a positive attitude towards other cultures. 



The focus of our teaching involves role play, singing rhymes and copying Spanish pronunciation. We do record important words and sentences to familiarise children with the written language. 

Children are taught to: 


  • ask and answer simple questions; 

  • pronounce words properly; 

  • learn a basic vocabulary; 

  • listen for meaning; 

  • understand basic grammar; 

  • use simple English - Spanish dictionaries; 

  • write simple Spanish sentences.

Much of our teaching in Spanish is similar to the identified good practice in teaching speaking and listening with cooperative learning strategies. We incorporate a variety of techniques to encourage the children to have an active engagement in the modern foreign language: these include games, role-play and songs.

We emphasise the listening and speaking skills over the reading and writing skills. Lessons are planned to encourage enjoyment and all pupils are actively encouraged to ‘have a go’. This is reinforced by lots of praise to build confidence. 



As part of providing a rich and wide curriculum we are teaching Spanish from Year 3 to Year 6. We consider that this is important because children are able to acquire second language skills better at an earlier age and they gain a great deal of enjoyment from learning a new language.