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Foreign Languages


At Newbold Church School we believe that learning a foreign language is a necessary part of being a member of a multi-cultural society and provides a valuable opening to other cultures.  Our languages curriculum encourages all pupils to communicate for practical purposes and express their ideas in another language, providing them with the foundation for learning further languages.  At Newbold Church School we strive to stimulate and encourage children's curiosity about languages, and foster their love for the subject with the hope that this ignites an interest in future learning and use of languages. 


At Newbold Church School we  teach Spanish as our chosen Modern Foreign language to children from Y3 - Y6. Each class is timetabled to receive an hour of Spanish lessons each afternoon for the full academic year. Please see our languages policy here.

Our Spanish Teaching follows the requirements of the National Curriculum.


Purpose of study

Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an 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. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries. See our intent, implementation and impact policy here.



The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:

* understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources

* speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation

* can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt

* discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.


Attainment targets

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study. Click on the link below to see our Spanish progression map.

 Newbold Spanish progression map

At Newbold, Year 3 are currently working through the early language scheme of work (Year 3 knowledge organisers).

Years 4 and 5 are working through the intermediate schemes of work (Year 4 and 5 knowledge organisers respectively), whilst addressing any gaps from the previous year (Year 3 La Fruta in Year 4, Year 4 La Ropa and Que Tiempo in Year 5).

Year 6 are working through the intermediate scheme of work (Year 5 knowledge organisers), whilst addressing any gaps from the previous years (Year 4 La Ropa and Que Tiempo). 

During the Summer term, lessons will be used to consolidate the learning that has taken place throughout the year in preparation for the next year of learning, ensuring any gaps in knowledge are addressed.

The aim of our Spanish teaching is to have all children accessing the correct year group knowledge organisers from the beginning of the year by 2023-2024 as we will have filled in the remaining gaps left by the disruption of Covid.


Click on the links below to download our knowledge organisers for each unit of work taught. 



Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 

Year 3

Early Language

Yo Aprendo  Los Animales  Los Instrumentos

La clase

(intermediate unit but relevant to children's daily life)

 La Fruta and consolidation of previous units


Year 4


Me Presento Mi Familia En la cafeteria La Ropa

Que tiempo hace and consolidation of previous units


Year 5


Mi Casa La fecha Tienes una mascota Ricitos de oro y los tres osos

Los planetas (progressive unit in preparation of Year 6) and consolidation of previous units


Year 6


En el colegio El fin de semana Comida sana Yo en el mundo

Habitats and consolidation of previous units



Subject content

In key stage 2, teaching will focus on enabling pupils to make substantial progress in one language. The teaching will provide an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and should lay the foundations for further foreign language teaching at key stage 3. It will enable pupils to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing, focused on familiar and routine matters, using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary.

The focus of study in modern languages will be on practical communication.

Pupils will be taught 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; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English.


 At Newbold Church School we follow the 'Language Angels' programme of study for Spanish to help ensure that children build solid language learning foundations at primary level, so that a passion for languages and subsequent linguistic successes will follow. 


Click on the links below to download a summary of what is taught in each unit:


Spanish LANGUAGE SKILLS GRID for each unit, which show a clear progression of language skills taught

Spanish CORE VOCABULARY unit summary

Spanish EARLY LANGUAGE unit summary

Spanish INTERMEDIATE unit summary

Spanish GRAMMER EXPLAINED units breakdown summary


Supporting Children with SEND to access all elements of the Spanish sessions

All Spanish sessions are planned to ensure that all children are able to access all elements. Specific adaptations are used to ensure all children can use any resources  they need. 

As with all other areas of the curriculum, we use SEND codes to show how we will adapt our teaching to ensure all children are fully supported. This may include reducing the writing aspect of the sessions to enable all children to fully participate.

Where children need 1-1 support with a TA to be able to fully engage in the Spanish sessions, this will be provided. 

As part of our monitoring processes we ensure that children with SEND are able to fully access all aspects of the Spanish curriculum. 


Pupil Premium Children

As part of our monitoring processes we ensure that children in the receipt of Pupil Premium are able to fully access all aspects of the Spanish curriculum. 



We use a range of strategies to assess what skills and knowledge the children have attained each term including the following:

  • End of unit assessments in Key Stage 2
  • Book looks
  • Revision of core questions at the start of the lesson 
  • Pupil Voice 
  • Regular feedback each lesson

SPANISH 2022-2023 Gallery


Our first International Day of Spanish was a fantastic success! Thank you to our special guest, Miss Louise from Dance Days, who taught us all how to dance the Flamenco. Please have a look below to see which Spanish speaking country each class learnt more about and to see some of our amazing work, dance photographs and videos.



In EYFS we have been learning all about Spain. Our morning job was to recreate the Spanish flag in lots of different ways. We used pencils, paint and crayons. We then tasted the traditional foods, chorizo and churros. They were delicious! Finally, we learnt all about the artist, Pablo Picasso and his style of art, Cubism. We made our own pictures using his work as inspiration.



Year 1

In Year 1 we have been learning all about Mexico, the largest Spanish speaking country in the world. We looked at a map to compare where Mexico is in relation to England and Spain. We then learnt all about the festival, Dia de los muertos (The day of the dead - a time to remember and celebrate loved ones who have passed) and made our own calacas (sugar skulls). We also made some marigolds to represent the joy of the day. In the afternoon we learnt all about the famous artist, Frida Kahlo. We then used mirrors to create our own self-portraits. Finally, we learnt how to count to 10 in Spanish. We hope you enjoy our videos!


Year 2

In Year 2 we have been learning all about Cuba. We started our day learning how to greet one another in Spanish (Hola) and how to say the different colours of the rainbow. We then looked at the Cuban flag and recreated it through collage. 


Year 3

In Year 3 we have been learning all about Argentina. We listened to the national anthem and then researched facts about the country before making our own double page spreads to share everything we learnt. Did you know the national flower is called the ceibo? It is a beautiful red flower that looks just like a trumpet.


Year 4

In Year 4 we have been learning all about Chile. We started by finding South America in our atlases and locating the country of Chile. We discussed features we could see on the map. We then generated a list of things we would like to find out about Chile and went into the IT suite to do some research. We then used our facts about Chile to create information posters.


Year 5

In Year 5 we have been learning all about Columbia. We started the day by learning a few facts about Columbia based on their culture, education and popular food. We then looked at a famous Columbian artist named Fernando Batero and had a go at recreating one of his famous pictures. In the afternoon we took part in flamenco dancing, finishing the day off with designing our own flamenco dance outfits. 


Year 6

In Year 6 we really enjoyed taking part in the flamenco dance workshop. We learnt all about traditional dress and the instruments used to make the flamenco music. We used some traditional fans as part of our dance and they were really useful in helping us to cool down afterwards.



Muy Bien Newbold!


Year 5 have enjoyed learning La Rope (names of clothes) with Mrs Church, they sang a song about going on holiday and held up each item of clothing as they sang along...

SPANISH 2021-2022 Gallery


Over the last two terms of Spanish with Mrs Church, we have enjoyed learning the names of foods and practising ordering food in a cafe setting. We then tried lots of traditional Spanish foods. Here are some videos and pictures to demonstrate what our children have learnt:


Over the last term of Spanish with Mrs Church, we have enjoyed learning how to have a conversation with each other. We have also looked at 'los animales', 'la familia', 'los colores' and 'los numeros'. Here are a few videos of our children demonstrating what they've learnt:

Page last edited 30th November 2023