Holy Trinity Church of England

Primary School

Growing Tomorrow's Leaders


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Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) at Holy Trinity CE Primary School


National Curriculum Modern Foreign Languages Programmes of Study


Here, at Holy Trinity School we believe that the learning of a foreign language provides our pupils with an invaluable experience in educational, social and cultural terms. Learning another language widens their world, develops their communication skills and helps them to understand better their own culture and the culture of others.


The MFL curriculum for KS2 follows the broad guidelines set out in the KS2 Framework for Languages (DFE, 2005) and the new NC – Programs of Study (DFE-00174-2013). Accordingly, the focus of study is practical communication.


We have chosen Spanish as our MFL because:


  • Spanish is the second most used language, after English, which is used in many forms of international communication
  • Nearly 500 million people across the world speak Spanish!
  • Spanish is the mother tongue of approximately 350 million people in 21 countries (Mexico: 95 million, Spain: 40 million, Argentina: 38 million, Colombia: 35 million…).
  • The list of countries where Spanish is either the primary language or the largest secondary language covers 28 different places – Andorra, Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, France, Gibraltar, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, USA, Venezuela.
  • Spain is 3rd most desirable country to live in based on standard of living, health and economy.
  • Pronunciation rules are consistent and it is an almost phonetic language making writing it very easy.


Planning is based on a combination of the QCA KS2 schemes of work for Spanish (revised), Catherine Cheater and Early Start, adapting it to the abilities of our children, to ensure that there is continuity and progression in both skills and content across all year groups.


The teaching of Spanish starts in KS2. All children from year 3 to year 6 are taught Spanish in weekly 30 minute sessions.


The children are taught how to:

  • ask and answer questions;
  • use correct pronunciation and grammar;
  • memorise words;
  • interpret meaning;
  • understand basic grammar;
  • make use of bi-lingual dictionaries;
  • use e-mail, ICT and write letters to children in a European partner school;
  • work in pairs and groups and communicate in a foreign language;
  • explore things from another’s perspective, giving insight into the people, lives and traditions of other cultures.



We emphasise listening, responding and speaking skills but we also develop reading and writing skills, to help the children gain an all-round understanding of the language. We use a multi-sensory and kinesthetic approach to teaching (introducing a physical element in games, songs) to help reinforce memory. We promote the use of ICT in meaningful contexts for the development of communication skills.


MFL teaching at Holy Trinity is fully inclusive. Language learning activities are planned in such a way as to encourage the full and active participation of all pupils. Work is differentiated as appropriate to the needs of individual children. Pairs and groups for collaborative work may be made up in different ways, depending on the task.

The MFL teachers monitor pupils’ progress during the Spanish lessons, evaluating progress against the four national attainment targets. Pupils are formally assessed at the end of each topic and pupils also use self-assessment at the end of each year. Assessment is formative and is used to support teaching and learning and to inform future planning.


  • Listening and Responding
  • Speaking
  • Reading and Responding
  • Writing


Below is an overview of the entire 4-year program:






Greetings, name,



Phonics: h, ñ, r, j, ce, ci, que,




Phonics: vowels, ca, co, cu, qui, ga,ge,gi,go, gu, gue,gui





Phonics: vowels, b,v,d


Core Structure

Year 3



Year 4




Years 5&6



¿Qué es esto? Es un/una ...


Topic : In my rucksack



¿Tienes ? Tengo un/una... Yo no tengo ...

Topic : Family



¿Te gusta(n) ...? Me gusta(n)/no me gusta(n) ...

Topic : Clothes


¿Dónde está? Hay ...


Topic : Local Area


¿Quieres? Quisiera. ¡Estupendo!


Topic : Food and drink


¿Qué te gusta hacer? Me gusta + verb

Topic : Pastimes and hobbies


¿Qué es esto? Es un/una ...


Topic : In the classroom


¿Tienes ? Tengo un/una... Yo no tengo ...

Topic : Pets


¿Te gusta(n) ...? Me gusta(n)/no me gusta(n) ...

Topic : Food


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