Nook Lane Junior School Subject Overviews - Modern Foreign Languages


"Learning another language is not only thinking about words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things" (Flora Lewis)

At Nook Lane Junior School, it is our intention that children receive high-quality language lessons taught by Modern Foreign Language specialists that enable all children to experience learning and using a foreign language in a way that is engaging, inclusive and exciting. We aim to stimulate and encourage children's curiosity about language, develop an interest in learning other languages and broaden their understanding of cultural differences and similarities. By promoting an awareness of and respect for our diverse and changing world, we aim for our children to make valuable contributions to the community locally, nationally and globally.

We strive to encourage children's motivation, resilience and self-esteem by enabling them to experience success in learning a foreign language in an inclusive way. By progressively enhancing children's skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing, we aim to develop their ability to communicate in a variety of ways for practical purposes. We aim to cultivate a positive attitude towards, and lay the foundations for future language learning.


At Nook Lane Junior School, we aspire to help children develop as linguists, building progressively each year on the following Spanish key intentions:

MFL1  Children will understand spoken Spanish and show understanding by responding and joining in. They will link the sound and spelling amd meaning of words.
MFL2  Children will speak Spanish with accurate pronunciation and intonation. They will engage in conversations, ask and answer questions, present information and express opinions in Spanish.
MFL3  Children will read and show understanding of words, phrases and simple written Spanish. They will use different strategies to understand unfamiliar words, the main points and some details in short written texts in Spanish.
MFL4  Children will describe people, places, things and actions in writing, sometimes from memory. They will be able to manipulate famililiar language to create new sentences using prior knowledge of grammar and key features.
MFL5  Children will understand basic Spanish grammatical concepts and know how to apply them both orally and in writing.

Modern Foreign Languages Key Intentions and Concepts





  Our Modern Foreign Languages
  key intentions and concepts are
  captured within our MFL Logo.







  • All children have one 50 minute Spanish lesson per week taught by specialist Modern Foreign Language teachers.
  • The curriculum is ambitious and follows the national curriculum programme of study.
  • Lesson activities are challenging, varied and interactive and develop listening, reading, speaking and writing skills.
  • Lessons are designed to be progressive and build on prior learning, moving from word to sentence level over the four years. The choice of vocabulary ensures exposure to all the key phonic sounds and ability to build sentences using grammatical knowledge.
  • The curriculum uses a variety of strategies to engage the children and develop their confidence and enjoyment of language learning. These include songs, games, role-plays, familiar books and stories, video clips and art activities. Bilingual dictionaries and word mats provide support and opportunities for challenge.
  • To enhance the impact on enjoyment and intercultural understanding, we organise a whole school Spanish day and have a link with a school near Alicante.


  • To enhance the impact on enjoyment and intercultural understanding, we organise a whole school Spanish day and have a link with a school near Alicante.
  • On leaving Nook lane children are enthusiastic and positive about learning a foreign language and inspired to learn more.
  • Children understand that language has a structure and that that structure may differ from one language to another.
  • Children can talk about Spain and other Spanish speaking countries and can identify similarities and differences in everyday life, social conventions and celebrations with their own, whilst understanding and respecting cultural diversity.
  • Children will develop an in-depth understanding of the following concepts that are continually returned to and discussed within each unit of learning so they can answer the 'bigger questions' listed below:
    • Listening - Why is is important to develop my listening skills and how does this skill link to the other skills of speaking, reading and writing?
    • Speaking - How can I develop correct pronunciation and intonation?
    • Reading - What language learning strategies can I use to help me read familiar and unfamiliar words and phrases?
    • Writing - What previously learnt words and phrases can I use to improve my writing?
    • Grammar - How is Spanish grammar similar to and different from English grammar? Can I use this knowledge to improve the accuracy of my Spanish?

Overview of Learning

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 3 Greetings and saying how you feel.
Asking and giving name.
Numbers 1-12.
Introduction to sounds of Spanish and vowel sounds.
Day of the Dead.
Numbers up to 31.
Asking and saying how old you are.
Classroom instructions.
Christmas in Spain.
Using a bilingual dictionary.

In my pencil case.
Easter in Spain.
Days of the week.
Months of the year.
Spanish speaking countries.

Spanish artist.
Year 4 Wild animals My family.
Christmas traditions.
Food and drink.
Expressing opinions about food and drink.
Parts of the body and saying what hurts. Geography of Spain.
Compass points.
Saying where you live and what languages you speak.
Latin American geography and culture.
Year 5 Hobbies and free-time activities.
Expressing opinions.
My town.
Christmas activities.
Parts of the body and strange animals. Clothes. Planets. Telling the time.
Art - Miró.
Festival - San Fermin.
Year 6 Describing people. Transport.
Christmas activities.
Times of the day.
Daily routine.
Breakfast items. Talking about countries, nationalities and languages Introduction to French.

Example Spanish Unit Overview

Example Spanish unit overview - an example of a unit of work, showing the sequencing and progression as well as links to key concepts and vocabulary.


Our Curriculum: Modern Foreign Languages subject booklet gives full details of:

  • National Curriculum, and
  • Knowledge & Skills Progression

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