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KS2 Progression of knowledge


‘A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing.’ (National Curriculum 2014 – Appendix A). 


In line with the NC our children learn to:

  • Listen and show understanding by joining in and responding
  • Link the sound, spelling and meaning of words
  • Read aloud with accurate pronunciation
  • Read and show understanding of phrases and simple texts
  • Speak in sentences
  • Describe people, places, things in speech and writing
  • Ask and answer questions
  • Express opinions
  • Write phrases from memory
  • Adapt phrases to create new sentences
  • Use a dictionary

Through our Spanish curriculum offering, we aim to expose the children to a range of skills, knowledge and vocabulary, enabling them to gain an understanding of an alternative culture and how this compares to their own. Our belief is that early expose to a foreign language will lead to faster acquisition, therefore preparing the children for the KS3 language curriculum and life beyond education.




Spanish is taught throughout Key Stage 2. We use the "Rachel Hawkes" languages resources to structure and support the teaching and learning of Spanish within our school. The curriculum is designed in a progressive nature and emphasis is placed upon the importance of revisiting and revising previously taught content.

Lessons are active and engaging, incorporating some examples of the following as teaching and learning strategies:

  • Role-play activities – children are given the opportunity to play the role within situations that they may find themselves in when visiting different places later in life.
  • Games – these are used as an engaging method of reinforcing vocabulary through repetition and the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge within a range of contexts.
  • Song with actions and rhymes – used to develop memory and association skills along with phonetic skills to further enhance vocabulary acquisition.
  • Opportunity to read and write Spanish text.


Through the delivery of our Spanish lessons, we aim to:

  • Create an awareness and understanding of Spanish culture.
  • Provide children with an awareness of the way in which the Spanish language is structured and how this structure may differ to anther language.
  • Develop understanding of a new language through speaking, listening, reading and writing.
  • Prepare children for KS3 and allow for successful continuation of their language development.
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