We believe that a Modern Foreign Language prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are often carried out in languages other than English. The rise of international commerce means that pupils need to be equipped with the skills needed in the international workplace. The choice of which language to teach is secondary to the lifelong language learning skills that the pupils will be encouraged to develop. Skills that they will be able to access in the future will help them to learn new languages or to improve their competence in an existing language. Increased capability in the use of MFL promotes initiative, confidence and independent learning and encourages diversity within society.

At Wellesbourne we intend to:

· foster an interest in learning other languages.

· introduce young children to another language in a way that is enjoyable and fun.

· make young children aware that language has a structure, and that the structure differs from one language to another.

· help children develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries.

· develop their speaking and listening skills.

· lay the foundations for future study.


Through carefully planning and explicit teaching by a language specialist teacher children will;

· listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding

· explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words

· engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification

· speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures

· develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases

· present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences

· read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing

· appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language

· broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary

· write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly

· describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing


Through the high quality first teaching of Spanish taking place we will see the impact of the subject in the following ways:

  • Children will be able to communicate with each other in Spanish
  • Children will become aware that a language has a structure, and that the structure differs from one language to another
  • Children will develop their language through development of the four key skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing
  • Children will enrich their language learning by developing an understanding of the Spanish culture
  • Children will learn how language skills can be applied to a range of languages
  • Children will transfer to KS3 effectively and successfully and will be well prepared to continue and develop their language skills

To see our Spanish Curriculum Map and progression in skills document please click on the links below.

Spanish Curriculum Map (document opens in new window)