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Modern Foreign Languages



Market Drayton Junior School believes that the learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for the pupils and is keen to promote the introduction of a Modern Foreign Language to all pupils of primary age.  Spanish will be taught throughout Key Stage 2 in order to enable pupils to make substantial progress in one language. 

Our Values in MFL




  • Discussion promoted in all lessons                               
  • Working together - pairs, groups, class, year group     
  • Shared learning
  • Peer assessment
  • Links with other subjects, e.g. Year 3 Geography topic ‘Exploring Spain.’
  • Governors
  • Language focus days e.g. European Day of Languages 
  • Develop a deeper understanding of other cultures and the world around them with a better awareness of cultural differences
  • Explore relationships between language and identity
  • Promote improvement and progress in all lessons
  • Self and peer assessment
  • Opportunities for speaking and listening to others



  • Vocabulary vault for each new unit to identify and support understanding of Spanish
  • Work towards becoming life-long language learners
  • Identify and encourage progress
  • High expectations for all children
  • Inclusion and equality for all children to access a range of geographic domains
  • Impact of being a language learner in a wider context
  • Positive learning traits celebrated
  • Celebrate achievements
  • Growth mindset



In MFL we want children to


Market Drayton Junior School’s aim is that all pupils will develop a genuine interest and positive curiosity about foreign languages, predominantly Spanish. Learning a second language will offer pupils the opportunity to explore relationships between language and identity, develop a deeper understanding of other cultures and the world around them with a better awareness of self, key individuals and cultural differences. The intention is that pupils will feel able and encouraged to continue studying languages beyond key stage 2 and ultimately be working towards becoming life-long language learners.


Implementation – How do we deliver the MFL curriculum?


In Years 3 and 4, language will be delivered weekly by the class teacher. In Years 5 and 6, the children will receive 40 minutes of Spanish per week during PPA sessions delivered by a Spanish-speaking Higher Level Teaching Assistant. This will be supplemented with incidental language opportunities throughout the week by the class teacher, whole-school and classroom displays as well as celebratory language days, including European Day of Languages.


Teaching is based on the Hola Espanol scheme of work. All units of work have been written to present ideas and activities to engage interest, promote confidence and encourage communication in Spanish. They support a range of learning styles through sounds, videos, activities, games, images, songs, spoken text and, of course, written words and phrases.


The four key language learning skills taught are:

  • listening
  • speaking
  • reading
  • writing

These are covered in an age-appropriate way across Key Stage 2. This will enable pupils to use and apply their learning in a variety of contexts, laying down solid foundations for future language learning.

The following topics are covered:


SPANISH – linked to Hola Espanol units








Numbers to 10Colours



Let’s start!

Countries that speak Spanish

Classroom instructions


Navidad - Christmas

What is your name?

ABC - Spanish alphabet

Colours - Pablo Picasso

Where do you live?

Numbers 0-15

Numbers 16-31

Days of the week

Months of the year

The four seasons

What is the date?

Recap and review


B (Y4)

How old are you?

Happy birthday!

Parts of the head

Parts of the body

Navidad - Christmas

The family

Numbers to 100

Do you have any pets?

Wild animals

Adjectives for animals

On the farm

Classroom objects

In the classroom

Recap and review


C (Y5)

Recap previous learning

Going to the zoo/Habitats

2D shapes


Navidad - Christmas



Going to the doctor


Musical instruments


Going shopping

Food and drink



Recap and review

D (Y6)

Recap previous learning



3d shapes

Navidad - Christmas

Describing people

Sports and hobbies

In the town

Asking directions





Recap and review


Special Education Needs and MFL



How do we ensure all children can access Spanish lessons?


Spanish is taught using a range of strategies to support children with SEND. These include adopting a multisensory approach, engaging kinaesthetic as well as visual and auditory learning styles; presenting subject matter in a structured and explicit manner; dividing lessons into digestible “bite-size chunks” with slower learning steps; providing opportunities for “over-learning” key points through a variety of follow-up activities; deploying memory strategies to assist vocabulary and grammar retention; making allowances for shorter concentration spans; showing sensitivity when eliciting student responses; encouraging metacognitive – “learning how to learn” – strategies and thinking skills to promote student autonomy; and dispensing praise and rewards to maintain motivation and self-esteem.


Links to other subjects


Where appropriate the teaching of MFL is linked to other curriculum areas. Here are some of the ways we link MFL to other subjects:



How MFL may be linked


The vocabulary, grammar and phonics of each new unit is linked back to previous Spanish learning, or to learning in English. For example, the use of the question mark in Spanish is different to English. Comparisons can be made. This enables children to make links.


Year 5 focus on Spanish artist Picasso’s portraiture, embellishments inspired by traditional French interiors in Year 4.


Locating Spain, and places within Spain on the map as part of MFL; Y3 focus on Spain in the topic ‘Exploring Spain’; European Day of Languages involves each class focusing on a different European country.

PSHERespecting identity and diversity; similarities and differences.
ScienceParts of the body, animals.




Through the high quality first teaching of Spanish taking place we will see the impact of the subject in the following ways:


  • Children will become aware that a language has a structure, and that the structure differs from one language to another.
  • Children will develop their language and communication through development of the four key skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing.
  • Children will enrich their language learning by developing an understanding of the Spanish culture.
  • Children will transfer to KS3 effectively and successfully and will be well prepared to continue and develop their language skills.

Displays showing our learning

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