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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


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

                                                                          Why we teach Spanish

We want children leaving our school to have high self-esteem as well as understanding and respect for people from different cultures, lifestyles and customs. We want to expand their personal horizons, instill in them a love of learning and to foster inquisitive minds, self-discipline and self-motivation. We want them to be flexible and adaptable, to think outside the box, to be good communicators and problem solvers. It is for these reasons that we teach Spanish to every child from Nursery to Year 6. Studying Spanish improves the children’s analytic and interpretive capacities as well as their physical, linguistic, cognitive, social and emotional skills. It is the best way to prepare our children for the next steps in their education and for the future beyond.

Members of ALL and local hub.
Our Spanish partner school in La Rioja.


Long Term Plan

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.
Display of staff trip to Spain, May 2019.
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.
Learning colours with a song in Nursery.
Key Stage 2 learning the steps to the Sevillanas.
Reception practicing their Spanish colours.
Year 6 learning alongside their teacher.
End of unit test on I Pads in Year 6.
Year 2 Show and Tell  following trip to Santander.
International Week; Spain and Iceland have a party
Year 3 making tortillas.

                                                Year Six Green Screen Filming

View entire film in  Video Resource Centre

Write play asking for and giving directions
Green screen tech. transports scene to Spain

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.

Year 4 .El Nabo Gigante.
Year 6. El Sapo Cantarin. Mexican folk tale.
Year 6 asking their way in Spain.
Year 4 Farm Play.
Year 5 Weather Play. Full video in Gallery.
Year 6 buying and selling fruit and vegetables.

Cross-curricular links

Drama: Year 6 buying fruit in a Spanish cafe.
Computing: Green screen technology in Year 6.
DTFood: sampling churros
DT: using chatterboxes to practise basic greetings
Music: dancing to Veo Veo
Drama: puppet show of ancient Mexican tale
History:Sir Francis Drake in Year 1
Computing: Dancemat for Spanish colours
Spain and Iceland have a party
making tortillas
DT and Geography focus for International Day
If you have any questions regarding the curriculum we teach please contact the school directly.