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The Primary Foreign Language Curriculum- Spanish

Our Vision:

At Locking Primary School, we believe that the learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for pupils. Through our language curriculum we endeavour to develop children’s skills, resilience and confidence so that they can participate in an increasingly global society and communicate with others effectively, especially when this communication is difficult or there is a barrier. We strive to grow children’s curiosity and foster an eagerness to explore different languages and cultures, which will last a lifetime.

The PFL curriculum at Locking Primary School will:

  • develop positive attitudes towards other languages and cultures
  • raise awareness of aspects of home culture by encountering other cultures and raising awareness of citizenship issues
  • stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language and how it works
  • build upon prior knowledge and learning so that children can revisit, refine and rehearse their skills
  • prepare pupils for future language learning

PFL teaching at Locking Primary School will:

  • revisit similar concepts from prior learning to allow children to refine their skills
  • develop speaking and listening skills by enabling pupils to engage in conversations, express opinions and respond to others
  • use rhymes, stories and conversations to support learning
  • broaden their vocabulary and develop ability to understand new words
  • explore the patterns and sounds of language, raising awareness of aspects of English

Assessment of PFL at Locking Primary School will:

  • be formative, informing future planning and how to best deliver further teaching
  • focus on ensuring the learning of the National Curriculum statements through children’s responses to retrieval tasks and in books.
  • provide quality responses (verbally and written, if required) to children, ensuring all knowledge is firmly embedded.


Curriculum Rationale – Primary Foreign Languages

The choices we have made within our languages curriculum will develop the communication and literacy skills that lay the foundation for future language learning. They will develop linguistic competence, extend their knowledge of how language works, and explore differences and similarities between a foreign language and English. The learning of a modern foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for the children. It raises awareness of the multilingual and multicultural world and introduces an international dimension to children’s learning, giving them an insight into their own culture and those of others.

We believe that learning a language is often the first step in developing a more open-minded attitude to the world, recognising that people live differently in other countries, and that this difference can be positive. Ultimately, our curriculum is intended to ensure that, as children move on to their next stage of learning, they have a sound basic knowledge of some linguistic structures and associated vocabulary but, most importantly, enthusiasm to learn more.

Children will know languages both as a discipline to be studied and as a field of knowledge that can shape their outlook now and in the future. In addition, they will understand the role of linguists, appreciating their contributions, knowing that they could, should they wish to, have a career in this area in the future. They will recognise and appreciate how languages can affect the future on a personal, national and global level.

Programme: We teach Spanish using the ‘La Jolie Ronde’ programme of study which has been written in accordance with the National Curriculum aims and subject content.  Areas covered include: numbers, greetings, colours, food and drink, classroom instructions, days of the week and family. The programme and its resources enable us to teach children in a fun and interactive way, so that they can develop communication skills that lay the foundation for future language learning.

Timetabling: Pupils have weekly lessons in Spanish throughout Key Stage 2, from Year 3 -6. Each lesson is broken down into short 15-minute bursts which enables spaced practice. Between these sessions there will be regular retrieval activities to embed the vocabulary and knowledge that has been taught through each lesson. There will be 2 lessons a week taught.

La Jolie Ronde – Spanish:

We chose La Jolie Ronde because it is a high-quality, established programme which is written specifically for teaching languages to young children. This fully resourced scheme also allow non-specialist teachers to deliver languages teaching with confidence, ensuring there is accurate pronunciation and progression through spoken and written language skills.

Phased introduction of La Jolie Ronde: In 2021, with the redesign of the curriculum at Locking Primary School, we made the decision transition from the teaching of French to Spanish. This was fuelled by several factors that emerged following a period of consultation and research:

  • Learning a foreign language is described by the Department of Education as a “liberation from insularity”, and has the potential to foster pupils’ curiosity of the world around them as well as opens up their eyes to new experiences from cultures different to their own. As the vast majority of the children who attend Locking Primary school are White British, our pupils are not necessarily exposed to a rich and diverse culture that is unique to the typical British household. Therefore, the teaching of foreign languages in a primary school setting is important to build these bridges between nations and to foster interest in new connections within the world the children live in.
  • Spanish is a language spoken in over 20 countries throughout the world. In addition to this, Spanish is consistently growing in numbers as a dialect, landing itself in the top 5 most commonly spoken languages in the world for native and non-native speakers.
  • Research indicated that many children at Locking Primary School who go on foreign holidays with their families, visit Spanish speaking countries, e.g. Canary Islands, Balearic Islands and Spain, making learning the Spanish language and about Spanish culture, more relevant to our children and community

We have liaised with specialist linguists about the most effective way to make this transition and have planned the following for each academic year:

  • 2020 – 2021: Develop teacher subject knowledge and trial some Y3 teaching units in Key Stage 2
  • 2021 – 2022: All Key Stage 2 classes are taught the Year 3 units of learning
  • 2022 – 2023: The new Year 3 cohort will be taught Year 3 units and all other Key Stage 2 classes will move on to the Year 4 units.