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At Northfield Manor we believe that the learning of a foreign language in primary school provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for all pupils. Pupils develop communication and literacy skills that lay the foundation for future language learning. They develop linguistic competence, extend their knowledge of how language works and explore differences and similarities between the foreign language and English. Learning another language raises awareness of the multilingual and multi-cultural world and introduces an international dimension to pupils’ learning, giving them an insight into their own culture and those of others. The learning of a foreign language provides a medium for cross-curricular links and for the reinforcement of knowledge, skills and understanding developed in other subjects.

This policy is designed to reflect the primary Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) entitlement as defined in the Primary Languages Framework (2007)


The key elements of primary languages learning at Northfield Manor:

· It is inclusive

· It is taught as a coherent programme from Year 3 to Year 6.

· It is part of a broader curriculum involving language and culture

Aims and Objectives:

Language teaching at Northfield Manor aims to provide opportunities for the children to:

  • foster an interest in learning other languages
  • experience another language in a way that is enjoyable and fun
  • understand that language has structure, and that the structure differs from one language to another
  • help develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries
  • develop their speaking and listening skills




Content of Curriculum:

Spanish is taught termly via a Learning Challenge. Teachers also make use of other opportunities, arising throughout the school day, to build upon and consolidate previous learning. Objectives for each unit are taken from ‘La Jolie Ronde’ Spanish Scheme of Work, which incorporates The Primary Languages Framework. The objectives and activities have been adapted in order to fulfil the needs of our pupils within the context of the school.

We use 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 (particularly action songs). We make use of puppets and soft toys to demonstrate the foreign language, and when possible also invite native speakers into the classroom (or sound files), in order to expose the children to more than one voice in the foreign language. 

We emphasise the listening and speaking skills over the reading and writing skills. We also use a multi-sensory and kinaesthetic approach to teaching to engage and encourage all children to learn. A mixture of visual, auditory and kinaesthetic teaching strategies are used to appeal to all learning styles, allowing all children to make progress and access the curriculum. Positive attitudes towards modern foreign languages are created by teaching sequences of fun, active and lively lessons which build upon children’s previous learning. We build children’s confidence through constant praise for any contribution they make in the foreign language, however tentative.

Spanish Curriculum Overview






Year 3

How can we build a snowman?

How can we decorate a Spanish Easter egg?

How can we take part in Spanish hobbies?

  • Numbers 1-10
  • Colours
  • Body parts
  • Snowman Vocabulary
  • Recap colours
  • Adjectives (big, small)
  • Hobbies
  • Recap body parts

Year 4

How can we hold a Spanish Nativity?

How can we write a Spanish Easter card?

How can we sell Spanish food?

  • Learn greetings
  • Learn names for the characters
  • Spanish animals on cards
  • Introduce family members
  • Spring time vocab
  • Language for food
  • Language for fruit / vegetables
  • Traditional food tasting

Year 5

How can we write a letter to the three wise men?

How can we introduce our family?

How can we tell a Spanish animal story?

  • Learn names for the three wise men
  • Names of objects / toys
  • Ask for and give name
  • Family members
  • Pets
  • Age
  • Explore Spanish stories
  • Learn animals

Year 6

How can we sing Spanish Christmas songs?

How can we celebrate Spanish Easter traditions?

How can we open a Spanish town at NMPA?

  • Pinatas
  • New Year’s Eve eating of the grapes
  • Song
  • Days of the week
  • Months of the year
  • Spring time vocab
  • Spanish traditions
  • Different ways of travelling/transport
  • Different shops / stalls
  • Directions