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Aims of Spanish at St Stephen's

Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an essential 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.


The learning of a foreign language can provide a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for pupils – providing them with:


  • Opportunities to communicate for practical purposes in the wider world.
  • A foundation for further learning of languages beyond KS2, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.
  • An essential opening to other cultures and a widening of experiences and aspiration.
  • A new perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others.

Reserch based approaach

We are using the Primary Languages Network Scheme of Work. This scheme is made by native Spanish speakers and count with video lessons for all year groups. Language knowledge and practice is sequenced and revisited systematically to support progression and help students to know and remember more. The scheme works from the pedagogy review and the Ofsted languages research report, which highlights the four knowledge strands: listening, speaking, reading and writing.  All lessons are available in video, so children can learn pronunciation from a native speaker.


Professional bodies we associate with


We work with Association for Language Learning, the Primary Language NetworkSpanish Government and Cervantes Institute.


Curriculum map 


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 3

A New Start


Calendar and Celebrations

Animals I like and don’t like

Carnival colours, playground games

Breakfast, fruit nouns and a hungry giant

Going on a picnic

Year 4

Welcome to our school – super learners

My local area, your local area

Family tree and faces

Celebrating carnival and body parts

Feeling unwell and jungle animals

Summer time

Year 5

My school, my subjects

Time in the city

Healthy eating and going to the market

Carnival clowns and clothes

Out of the world

Going to the seaside

Year 6

Everyday life

Spooky house / space house

Playing and enjoying sport

This is me, hobbies and fun

Café, culture and restaurants

Performance time

How Spanish promotes British values


How we promote British Values through Spanish



The Spanish classroom must be a democratic classroom where all pupils have an equal right to be heard and democracy is modelled by the teacher and expected of every pupil. Children will consider what life is like for individuals living in Spain (and sometimes other Spanish speaking countries). 

The Rule of Law 


As part of learning about other cultures, laws of Spain and Spanish speaking countries will be mentioned, comparing them with British laws. 

Individual Liberty 


Children will explore their own individual liberty by considering themselves as global citizens and beginning to explore possibilities for travelling to, or even working in, other parts of the world when they are older.


Mutual Respect and Tolerance 


Mutual respect is taught and given when children are expressing their opinions and beliefs. Children are taught and encouraged to show respect to each other’s beliefs, feelings and opinions by giving each child a forum to share these on with the expectation that these must be listened to.

Pupils are taught about historical, cultural and religious differences between the UK and Spain (with some reference to other Spanish speaking countries as well). Other cultures are always discussed in a respectful manner, emphasising that although things may be different, each culture is equally valuable and to be respected.


Half termly curriculum booklet articles

Each half-term, pupils and home are provided with a booklet outlining what pupils are learning, how home can help, useful websites and the vocabulary we will be using. To see the Spanish examples of these, click on the year group below.

Useful websites

Within each of our units of learning, there will be details of websites that can support home and further learning beyond the classroom.