At Springwood Heath Primary School we study Spanish as a Modern Foreign Language. We follow a sequence of lessons using the School Improvement Liverpool scheme of work to support teaching and learning. We also use Language Angels for additional resources. The curriculum is organised into blocks with each block covering a range of different topics each term and all covering the four aspects of learning a language; speaking, listening, reading and writing. Our intent is to foster within our children a curiosity and love of learning a new language in order to equip them with skills to take with them through life.

Early Years & Key Stage 1

MFL is not a statutory subject in EYFS or Key Stage 1. An introduction to learning a language is done through songs, role play, story etc. All children will have the opportunity to learn some basic words and phrases in Spanish, including: answering the register in Spanish, numbers to 10, animals, colours, days of the week and simple greetings.

Key Stage 2

All classes in Key Stage 2 have a designated Spanish lesson each week. Work is recorded in folders (Y3 & 4) or exercise books (Y5 & 6). At times activities and photographs will be available to view on Tapestry. Many topics repeat regularly to help with revision and reinforcement.

Areas of Learning

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 3 Basic Greetings Ask and answer questions Ask and answer familiar questions Ask and answer familiar questions  Ask and answer familiar questions Ask and answer familiar questions
Body Parts Body Parts Respond to instructions Animals/Pets Sports Exotic fruit
Numbers to 10 Classroom Objects Days of the week Colours Opinions Wild animals
Colours Numbers and number bonds to 20 Numbers to 20 Adjectives Follow the text of a song Halve numbers1-39
Spanish Christmas Birthdays Calculate simple maths using 1-39 Count backwards from 39 Count backwards
Numbers 1-31 (odds & evens) Write sentences Recognise written words
Write sentences from memory
Year 4 Ask and answer personal questions Ask and answer personal questions Ask and answer questions on a range of topics Ask and answer questions on a range of topics Ask and answer questions on a range of topics Ask and answer questions on a range of topics
Verbs in the present tense Verbs in the present tense Make a positive sentence negative Verbs in the present tense Verbs in the present tense Food/drinks/costs
Colours School subjects Weather Domestic & wild animals Sports/seasons Divide/double/halve numbers 1-69
Numbers 1-39 Alphabet Multiples of 10 to 60 Sea creatures & Farm animals Count forwards and backwards 1-69 Fruit
Body Parts Express Opinions Present tense verbs Numbers 1-69 Opinions Write sentences from memory
Adjectives Time – hour/half past Months/seasons Habitats Produce written sentences
Spanish Christmas
Year 5 New Questions More Questions More complex questions Ask and answer personal questions at speed Read and answer questions in the 1st person Read and ask questions in the 3rd person
Family Members Colours Transport Rooms/Furniture Recall when to use 1st, 2nd and 3rd person pronouns Use content and prior knowledge to decipher words
Possessive Pronouns Clothes Multiples of 10 to 100 Prepositions Family members Countries
Number – 1-69 Seasons Forming the negative Follow the text of a story Sports/hobbies Count to 100 in 10s, 5s and 2s
Body Parts Time – hour, half past, ¼ to, ¼ past 3rd Person Count 1-100 Ask and answer two related questions
Illness/injury Musical instruments Weather
Write longer sentences Follow the text of a story
Year 6 Questions – first 3 parts of verb Personal information phrases Ask and answer personal questions – 1st & 3rd person Story of El Castillo Encantado Identify verbs Transition activities
Family members/possessive pronoun Time (including minutes) Dwellings (house, flat etc) Jobs Food/drinks/menus/costs Revision of all KS2 vocabulary/topics
Numbers to 100 School routines Areas (town, city etc) Multiples of 2, 5, 10 and 100 Decipher/look up unknown words
Jobs – masculine/feminine endings Counting in 10s Rooms of the house Prepositions Numbers up to 10,000
Body parts/illnesses Expressing opinion Counting in 100s Writing personal questions & answers Verbs ‘to be’ and ‘to have’
Giving directions Positive and negative answers


Phonemes are taught across Key Stage 2 (e.g. j, ll, h, v etc). Letter sounds are taught from Y4.

Our Spanish lessons and activities are designed to develop pupils’ oracy and vocabulary skills which will enable them to use Spanish in a meaningful way when talking to others.

Familiar and new vocabulary will be taught within each lesson and all children will be encouraged to use it with confidence.

Impact & Assessment

SLT and subject leaders regularly undertake book studies to monitor the effectiveness of teaching and learning. We use pupil questioning to check and ensure information and knowledge is acquired and understood with increasing confidence. Feedback is given to teaching staff to inform future planning. A Spanish ‘Action Plan’ is written every year and forms part of the School Development Plan.