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Spanish Lead: Nikki Latham

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At Chad Vale we teach a foreign language to all Key Stage 2 children as part of the school curriculum every week.


  • To foster a love for learning a language, learn problem solving skills and highlight the importance of good communication which breaks geographical barriers

  • To think like a linguist and use tools and skills to learn independently

  • To gain experiences that add cultural capital through the exploration and discovery of countries speaking Spanish

  • To have a strong foothold in the basics of Latin based language, conjugating verbs and developing key skills that enable them to approach other world languages with confidence 


  • Spanish is taught to all KS2 children for 1 hour per week.

  • Learning is documented in Spanish books starting in year 3 and these books move through the school with the child. They are not only used for assessment purposes, but as dynamic learning tools which children create themselves.

  • Through the teaching of topics, children build vocabulary banks and use them to work independently when they are ready to apply new skills and knowledge.

  • Our scheme is based on the National Curriculum for Languages and has been created by the language coordinator for Chad Vale. It also includes elements of the Primary Language Network and Language Nut schemes. Children learn to write, read, speak and listen to Spanish in all units, which progress through the year groups. 

  • ​​We have also invested in Rockalingua, an online resource that helps to bring our Spanish learning to life.

  • We assess the teaching and learning of Spanish in pupil target booklets which children sell and peer assess

  • Educater (our school tracking system) is updated by the MFL lead and one other language teacher once each term 



As a result of the teaching and learning of Spanish, the children will be able to:

  • 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 and help

  • 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

  • understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs

  • apply their knowledge of language acquisition to the other National Curriculum subjects, e.g. spelling and grammar in English

  • increased confidence when travelling abroad and trying a new language

Subject Ambassadors

There are 12 subject ambassadors, who applied for this role to help improve Spanish at Chad Vale:


"I like Spanish at Chad Vale because the teachers are well- educated and we learn about verbs and grammar as well as nouns. We also participate in events such as Spanish Day! – Muhammad, Y6"


"I like Spanish because very fun to learn different languages and we get to have conversations with each other. I really enjoyed Spanish Day last year because we all made a fruit punch using Spanish words. – Nayomi, Y3."


"I enjoy Spanish at Chad Vale because as my mum comes from Chile and I get to practise the language lots! Also, I like that the teacher gives everyone a chance to speak and have a go. -Sebastian, Y4."


"I like Spanish at Chad Vale because everyone is included and it’s really fun. – Alexandros, Y6."


"In Spanish lessons as Chad Vale, we play games but we learn lots of new things. Teachers always include everyone and don’t just pick one person every time. -Misha, Y5."


"Spanish at Chad Vale is all inclusive and Spanish Day even includes KS1. I like how interactive the lessons are and I love it when we have visitors. -Jemima, Y6."


"I really enjoy learning about festivals from Spanish speaking countries such as Dia de los Muertos. We create and put up cool decorations and do fun learning. -Krishay, y5"


"I love Spanish because we don’t just learn about verbs and grammar, we also learn about significant cultural days and it’s fun. -Elliana, Y6."


"I like learning languages because we practise our vocabulary all the time and it helps us feel really confident. I also like how we can test our friends to help them. -Evana, Y6."

Curriculum Overview

Pupil Target and Assessment Book

Spanish in Action

Modern Foreign Language: Spanish
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