Modern Foreign Language: Spanish

Curriculum subject leader: Mrs Emma Fawcett & Miss Patricia Cacuci


Linguists at Maple Cross recognise the importance of empathy and respect for other cultures and people and demonstrate this through a developing understanding of the relationships between language and identity, cultures and the world around them. They hold a genuine and positive curiosity for language learning. Talk is central to our linguists allowing them to develop a confidence and ability to use foreign spoken language. Linguists at Maple Cross are aware of the importance for grammatical accuracy and can apply knowledge and skills from their English learning to develop their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills within a new foreign language working towards becoming life-long language learners.


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 a foreign spoken language.
  • Develop their resilience when learning to read and write in an unfamiliar, foreign language.


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.
  • Some MFL topics are linked to the curriculum to allow children to deepen their learning in all curriculum areas.
  • Storytelling units allow children to develop their reading and performance skills.
  • Year groups undertake geographically and culturally-based projects to explore the Spanish speaking world.


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

  • Staff and children participate in training, where experts cascade their knowledge through assemblies focusing on phonics, storytelling and cultural awareness.
  • Lesson plans developed by Language Angels are used to support staff who do not have a background in languages. These lessons ensure progression in language development and grammatical awareness but also cover topics requested by the children.
  • Early learning units take place in Year 2 to support the children’s transition into Year 3 and KS2.
  • Pupils say they wanted to learn about food, animals, peoples and places for when they have the opportunity to visit a Spanish speaking country, which has 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 each year and builds on grammatical learning both in English and Spanish: articles, negatives, sentences, conjunctions, verb formation and adjectival agreements.
  • 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.
  • Learning in the MFL curriculum links to some topic areas within the curriculum..
  • 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 are prepared for transition by undertaking a challenging Spanish language topic: Las Planetas
  • Children with more language experience will support those with less experience through assemblies and unit interaction.
  • Connections are made to grammatical learning from Writing lessons and SPaG opportunities. These are built on and further developed each year.


Click here to view MFL Long Term Plan.