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Alwoodley Primary School



If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.
‒Nelson Mandela


Why we choose to learn Spanish as our Modern Foreign Language subject

Spanish is the official language in the following countries:  Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
There are 425,000,000 Spanish speakers in the world. It is the fourth most widely spoken language.


Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.

Languages Programmes of Study, 2013

Our Intent


Alwoodley Primary School intends to use our scheme of work and resources to ensure we offer a relevant, broad, vibrant and ambitious foreign languages curriculum that will inspire and excite our pupils using a wide variety of topics and themes. All pupils will be expected to achieve their full potential by encouraging high expectations and excellent standards in their foreign language learning - the ultimate aim being that pupils will feel willing and able to continue studying languages beyond key stage 2.

Our intent is that all content will be continuously updated and reviewed annually, creating a dynamic programme of study that will be clearly outlined in both long-term and short-term planning. This will ensure that the foreign language knowledge of our pupils progresses within each academic year and is extended year upon year throughout the primary phase and, in so doing, will always be relevant and in line with meeting or exceeding national DfE requirements. 

The four key language learning skills; listening, speaking, reading and writing will be taught and all necessary grammar will be covered. This will enable pupils to use and apply their learning in a variety of contexts, laying down solid foundations for future language learning and also helping the children improve overall attainment in other subject areas. In addition, the children will be taught how to look up and research language they are unsure of and they will have a bank of reference materials to help them with their spoken and written tasks going forward. This bank of reference materials will develop into a reference library to help pupils recall and build on previous knowledge throughout their primary school language learning journey.

We intend  that all pupils will develop a genuine interest and positive curiosity about foreign languages, finding them enjoyable and stimulating. Learning Spanish will also offer pupils the opportunity to explore relationships between language and identity, develop a deeper understanding of other cultures and the world around them with a better awareness of self, others and cultural differences. The intention is that they will be working towards becoming life-long language learners.

Our intent is also to celebrate and be proud of all the other languages spoken by our children and their families at home.

At Alwoodley Primary School, we place great emphasis on how speaking different languages has a positive impact for our children when making choices about education and employment opportunities and thinking about their future careers.


*All classes will have access to a very high-quality foreign languages curriculum using the Language Angels scheme of work and resources. This will progressively develop pupil skills in foreign languages through regularly taught and well-planned weekly lessons in in Key Stage Two which will be taught by teachers and support staff.

*Early Years and key Stage one children will  be introduced to basic vocabulary including colours, counting to 10 , following simple classroom instructions and greetings. They will also learn about Spanish culture, customs and food.

*Children will progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary, language skills and grammatical knowledge organised around age-appropriate topics and themes - building blocks of language into more complex, fluent and authentic language.

*Pupil learning and progression will be assessed at the end of each term, using  end of unit assessment grids. Teachers will aim to assess each language skill (speaking, listening, reading and writing) twice throughout each scholastic year to be able to provide reference points against which learning and progression in each skill can be demonstrated. These will be

*In addition to following the lessons provided in the Language Angels scheme of work and resources, we will also include some of the following in to our teaching and learning:

  • Foreign language celebration assemblies.

  • Cookery sessions of traditional foods from the country of the language being studied.

  • Fashion shows demonstrating typical / traditional clothing from the country of the language being studied.

  • Weather forecasts based on maps from the country of the language being studied.

  • School celebrations of national feast days from the country of the language being studied when appropriate to facilitate a whole school approach to foreign language learning along with improved cultural awareness.


*Pupils will continuously build on their previous knowledge as they progress in their foreign language learning journey through the primary phase.

*Previous language will be recycled, revised, recalled and consolidated whenever possible and appropriate.

*Our long term, short term planning  and individual lesson plans  lay out the learning aims and intentions of each individual lesson within a unit. These planning documents ensure that teachers know what to teach and how to teach it in each lesson, across whole units and across each scholastic term.

*Pupils will be aware of their own learning goals and progression as each unit offers a pupil friendly overview so that all pupils can review their own learning at the start and at the end of each unit.

*Children are expected to make good or better than good progress in their foreign language learning and their individual progress is tracked and reported to pupils and parents / carers our two parent consultation days in October and February and then in end of year reports in July.




Long Term Plan

Spanish Long Term Plan that links with our new scheme with Spanish Angels

National Curriculum for MFL


Our partner school in La Rioja, Spain.

 "Alwoodley Primary Spanish; the next step."

A 2 year project funded by British Council Erasmus+, to develop the language teaching skills of our staff and to further raise the profile of Spanish throughout school. This includes 10 members of staff attending 2 residential courses in Santander, hosted by ClaroGB. 


10 members of staff spent Half Term in Santander in Spain, on a course to improve their Spanish and gather ideas on how to teach it.
The 10 staff who took part in round one of the Spanish project have been having an impact across school, sharing their knowledge of Spanish language and culture.

                                                Year Six Green Screen Filming

View entire film in  Video Resource Centre

websites to help improve your Spanish at home.

Visit the video sharing platform for 

videos of Spanish learning throughout school. Go to the Kids' Zone/Purple Mash and search for Spanish to find 2Simple Spanish.

Spanish role play in Key Stage 2.

Cross-curricular links

If you have any questions regarding the curriculum we teach please contact the school directly.