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Modern Foreign Langauge

"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart."

Nelson Mandela

We believe that “a high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world” (National Curriculum, 2014). It is our aim that children leave Willow Tree with a solid foundation of Spanish, as well as a love for language learning and an appreciation of the Spanish culture.

At Willow Tree, it is our intent to provide a curriculum that liberates our pupils and allows them to communicate with native Spanish speakers in their own language. This focuses on the four core language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening using interesting topics, which will support them as they progress onto KS3. 

To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world

Chinese Proverb

At Willow Tree Primary School, we teach Spanish to Key Stage 2 children on a weekly basis for 30-45 minutes. Children are taught by a specialist Spanish teacher on a rotating basis throughout the year and the remainder of the year the children are taught by their class teacher following the progressive Salford Spanish Scheme of Work. 

The lessons involve a variety of creative approaches to teaching and learning, including:

·        Role play- which allows the children to practise their knowledge in a real-life situation that they may see themselves in in their future

·        Games- which allows them to develop vocabulary through repetition

·        Actions- which allows them to develop memory skills and to develop vocabulary

·        Interesting reading and writing tasks

·        The use of authentic materials to promote engagement

The lessons are taught around a half termly topic which is repeated each year, enabling children to build upon their skills and knowledge to ultimately know and remember more. Each year the scheme of work will build upon the foundations from previous years and give children the opportunity to develop their knowledge.


“With languages, you are at home anywhere.” 

Edward De Waal

Through the teaching of high-quality Spanish, we will see the impact of the subject in the following ways:

·        There will be confident children who can speak in another language in front of their peers

·        Children will have developed their communication skills by speaking, listening, reading and writing in Spanish

·        Children will have an appreciation of Spanish culture and traditions

·        Children will have a solid foundation of language skills to prepare them as they transition to KS3. 


Foreign Languages Subject Content - Key Stage 2

Teaching may be of any modern or ancient foreign language and should focus on enabling pupils to make substantial progress in one language. The teaching should provide an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and should lay the foundations for further foreign language teaching at key stage 3. It should 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. If an ancient language is chosen the focus will be to provide a linguistic foundation for reading comprehension and an appreciation of classical civilisation. Pupils studying ancient languages may take part in simple oral exchanges, while discussion of what they read will be conducted in English. A linguistic foundation in ancient languages may support the study of modern languages at key stage 3.

Pupils should 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