Modern Foreign Language: Spanish

Curriculum subject leader: Mrs Emma Fawcett

At Maple Cross, we have designed a bespoke Spanish curriculum to ensure our learners excel in language learning. Throughout Key Stage 2 (Year 3 – Year 6), the children focus on developing the core skills of vocabulary, grammar and phonics in a variety of different situations, where they are taught to see language learning as an exciting puzzle to be pieced together. Children demonstrate their learning through a range of outcomes ensuring they have opportunities to rehearse their speaking, listening, reading and writing. We aim for children to leave us as confident language learners who have a genuine curiosity to discover more.


MFL Curriculum- 2020 and beyond

The aim of the MFL curriculum at Maple Cross School is to raise children’s aspirations.

  • Broaden our children’s understanding of the world and deepen their empathy and respect for other cultures and people.
  • Develop their confidence and ability to use and understand a foreign language.
  • Develop their resilience and enthusiasm when learning in an unfamiliar, foreign language.
  • Supporting children to recognise that language learning is a puzzle that all people can access with the right tools.


The MFL curriculum will recognise, acknowledge and celebrate the children’s various starting points and concurrently provide opportunities to broaden and enrich their horizons.

  • Recognise those pupils who can speak another language and use them as experts to support learning.
  • To support children who may have a narrow life experience by providing visual and other resources to broaden their understanding.
  • Storytelling units allow children to develop their reading and performance skills.
  • Some year groups undertake geographically and culturally-based projects to explore the Spanish speaking world.
  • MFL lessons support children to use and apply deep grammatical and phonological awareness of Spanish as well as developing their vocabulary.
  • MFL lessons focus on securing a deep understanding of language that can be applied to new situations.


The structure of the MFL curriculum is informed by both professional research and the context, needs and interests of the children.

  • Staff and children (from Year 1 – Year 6) participate in training, where experts cascade their knowledge through assemblies focusing on phonics, storytelling and cultural awareness.
  • Lesson plans are created by the subject leader and training is provided to other staff to allow them to deliver Spanish language lessons.
  • Early learning units take place in the summer of Year 2 to support the children’s transition into Year 3 and KS2.
  • Pupils interests (food, animals and places) have been incorporated into the curriculum.


The MFL curriculum will focus on the growth of and deepening in knowledge, the development and application of skills, the exposure to challenging concepts and the exploration of values and attitudes.

  • The curriculum teaches new vocabulary, grammar and phonics regularly: articles, negation, pluralisation, gender, sentences, conjunctions, verb formation and adjectival agreements.
  • Over-learning and review is built into the curriculum with children consolidating core learning regularly.
  • Transition modules and a review of each year group’s learning allow children and teachers time to secure key knowledge and skills.
  • Links are made to English language learning.
  • Assemblies are used to teach the children Spanish phonics, where they make links to their English phonics learning, rehearse story-telling and develop their understanding of the Spanish speaking world.
  • Some topics are linked to other curriculum areas allowing children to deepen their understanding of their language at the same time as their topic.


Connections and links within and across the MFL curriculum will be made to promote and support learning. The curriculum will develop children as lead learners by developing inquisitive and curious minds and by providing them with opportunities to crucially reflect

  • Connections are made to grammatical learning from Writing lessons and SPaG opportunities. These are built on and further developed each year.
  • Links are made across learning in different year groups, where children review and build on prior learning.
  • The curriculum is focussed on securing a deep understanding of vocabulary, grammar and phonics, which can be applied in a wide range of situations.
  • Children are encouraged to see language as a puzzle and to work together to find out new things and develop their understanding of how the language works and how this compares to their own language(s).
  • The curriculum allows children to ask questions and discover things about different cultures, languages and identities developing their ability to reflect on the relationships between themselves and their language, culture and identity as well as promoting their awareness of themselves and other cultures.
  • Children are prepared for their transition to secondary school by developing confidence in performing and speaking in a foreign language.
  • Children with more language experience will support those with less experience.
  • Reflection is built into each year group giving children time to explore, reflect and present their understanding of the learning.


Click here to view Year 3 MFL Long Term Plan.

Click here to view Year 4 MFL Long Term Plan.

Click here to view Year 5 MFL Long Term Plan.

Click here to view Year 6 MFL Long Term Plan.