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Subject Leader - Señora Belinda Dean

Link Governor - Mrs Michele Tayler  

Curriculum Intent

“To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world.” Chinese Proverb

Spanish is taught in every class across the school from reception to year 6 weekly by Spanish specialist, Señora Dean. This is delivered through carefully crafted lessons that engage and challenge learners in line with our two-year rolling programme across the school. We have a focus on the whole of the Spanish-speaking world and making strong links to other curriculum areas eg. geography, art, science, global learning. Through our language learning we engender values of respect and intercultural understanding, reinforce links with our wider community and help our children to develop as global citizens.

Curriculum Implementation

Every child at St John's has a weekly Spanish lesson; 30 minutes in Early Years and KS1 and 60 minutes in KS2. Topics are carefully planned to make links to other curriculum areas, whilst also ensuring maximum opportunities to revisit key Spanish vocabulary and core structures in a range of different contexts. In Early Years, children begin to encounter Spanish using songs, rhymes and games and meet Pepe the Sheep, who will introduce them to life in Spain. From Year 1, activities are designed to challenge children to develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar and phonics. Opportunities are taken throughout the year for developing authentic intercultural understanding by looking at cultural aspects of the Spanish speaking world such as landmarks, festivals, music and food. 


Units are organised on the same 2 year rolling topic plan as the rest of the school so that children are encouraged to use and apply their knowledge from other subject areas eg. science as they encounter new vocabulary in a variety of formats. Details of the Spanish topic plan can be found using the link.

Skills are developed over each year of learning as shown via the links below:

Year 1           Year 2          Year 3            Year 4            Year 5             Year 6

Knowledge Planners

Cycle A Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Year 1/2 Vikings Dinosaurs Happy New Year! Ten seeds Gaudi art Walking through the jungle
Year 3/4 In my pencil case The weather My pets Seasons & festivals

Picasso portraits

Summer games

Year 5/6

Big numbers The solar system My family The Amazon I love art! Sports & opinions
Cycle B Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Year 1/2 On the farm Castles Playground games Transport Creepy crawlies Ice creams
Year 3/4 Where do you live? Days of the week

 Making music

Let's go! Fruit fiesta Spanish cafe
Year 5/6 In my room Bath & Barcelona Do you like music? ¡Hola Peru! Nature detectives Fashion designers


Online Resources

 In Year 3/4 this term we are continuing to use the verbs we looked at last term, and beginning to build sentences to express our opinions about doing different things. 

Use the following activity codes at https://www.educandy.com/ to practise vocabulary if you'd like to have a go at home:

VERBS matching -   aa1d0

VERBS activity -   aa1f9

OPINIONS quiz – aa1ea