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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 on a weekly basis in sessions of 30 minutes. 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. References to the Primary Languages Framework are clearly listed on the medium term planning to ensure progression and coverage of the Modern Foreign Language Curriculum throughout KS2.

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.

Northfield Manor Spanish Overview of Coverage Year 3 – 6

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Numbers 0-10


Greetings, asking and saying how you are


Classroom instructions


Ask for and give name






Fruit and food items


Likes and dislikes


Days of the week


Months of the year


Christmas traditions


Spanish Nativity


Springtime Vocabulary


Alphabet sounds


Weather conditions


Revision of colours


Parts of the body


Adjectives (big, small, etc)


Zoo animals


Sounds in the alphabet


Verbs, quantifiers and adjectives


Christmas – Snowman


Members of the family




Vowel sounds








Items of clothing


Buildings on a street




Asking where places are


Days of the week


Times in the day


Christmas celebrations


Revision on hobbies


Simple tenses


Numbers 0 – 50


Revision of Sports/hobbies


Food items




Ingredients for a Spanish desert


Revision of days of week and months




Say the town you live in

Classroom routines




Likes and dislikes


Adding adjectives


Recap family members






Rooms in the house




Revision of days of week and months


Holiday destinations and vocabulary




Places to visit