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Our Lady, Star of the Sea

Catholic Primary School

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"Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things,

but learning another way to think about things."

Flora Lewis




Our Spanish curriculum aims to inspire our learners to develop a genuine interest and curiosity about foreign languages, especially the Spanish language and culture. Learning a second language ensures all children have an equal chance of experiencing and developing knowledge of a different culture, as well as providing children with the opportunity to explore the world around them. As they progress through Key Stage 2, children will develop key skills, including their ability to understand, listen and respond to others orally in Spanish and in written form.


Learning Spanish is interactive and fun! Our curriculum is delivered through songs, speech, games and writing. It is designed to ensure that children are continuously given opportunities to revisit vocabulary and consolidate learning. Learners build upon their prior knowledge and bridge back to what they already know to help them acquire new knowledge and ensure that there is a progression of skills. Class teachers work alongside a specialist MFL teacher to deliver the curriculum and build on their own knowledge of Spanish language and culture. 



Our Spanish curriculum is taught using the Great Teaching Toolkit, 2020. We endeavour to be consistent in our approach to create a supportive environment that is inclusive. We support all our pupils using adaptive teaching techniques, Voice 21 talk tactics and oracy sentence stems. We activate hard thinking through our thinking schools strategies and Q Matrix questioning to bring history to life and develop a real sense of enquiry. At Our Lady Star of the Sea, we have a consistent recipe for teaching Spanish which follows Rosenshine's Principles of Instruction.

Recipe for Teaching at OLSS



The intended impact of our Spanish curriculum is that the majority of children in KS2 are working at or above the expected level for their age. Pupils will have a good understanding of Spanish culture and be able to recognise and apply Spanish vocabulary verbally. They will be able to write a small amount of Spanish and this is built upon each year.