Modern Foreign Languages at Illogan School

“A different language is a different vision of life.”

Federico Fellini

Why do we learn a modern foreign language at Illogan School

Learning a foreign language is part of the primary National Curriculum and is a requirement for all children within key stage 2. Illogan School has adopted a whole school approach to the teaching of Spanish to all KS2 pupils.

In conjunction with our Illogan School values, learning a modern foreign language allows children to;

Aspire to being a citizen of the wider world,

Believe in themselves as communicators and in those who speak a different language to themselves

Create links with other parts of the world

Dazzle those around them with their skills

Our vision for the teaching and learning of modern foreign languages at Illogan School

Our aim is to develop the confidence and competence of each child in the foreign language they are learning. Our vision is for them to be passionate, curious and confident about their own foreign language learning abilities when they finish the primary school phase of their education.

We will help them develop and demonstrate substantial progress in the 5 key language skills necessary for learning Spanish

•        Speaking

•        Listening

•        Reading

•        Writing

•        Grammar

We aim to ensure that pupils of all abilities develop solid foundations in these key language learning skills – properly preparing them for the next stage of their language learning journey. These skills will develop children’s ability to understand what they hear and read and enable them to express themselves in speech and writing. We will extend their knowledge of how language works and explore the similarities and differences between Spanish and English. We will also help strengthen their sense of identity through learning about culture in other countries and comparing it with their own.

How are Modern Foreign Languages taught at Illogan School?

Our Spanish curriculum, designed by Language Angels, children to progressively develop knowledge, skills and vocabulary, and promote their interest in, and understanding of Spanish.

Teaching and Learning Overview

Our whole school approach to language teaching and learning is in line with the recommendations of the National Curriculum and the requirements outlined in the Department for Education Languages Programme of Study for Key Stage 2.

The National Curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:

•        Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources

•        Speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation

•        Can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt

•        Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of authentic writing in the language studied.


By the end of key stage 2, pupils should be able to:

1.       Listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding.

2.       Explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words.

3.       Engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help.

4.       Speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures.

5.       Develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases.

6.       Present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences.

7.       Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing.

8.       Appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language.

9.       Broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary.

10.     Write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly.

11.     Describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing.

12.     Understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English.

Organisation & Delivery

Spanish is taught in a whole-class setting by the class teacher or teacher responsible for PPA cover.

Teachers plan their lessons using the Language Angels scheme of work and can supplement this with their own ideas and experience and those of their colleagues.

The lessons are designed to motivate, captivate and interest children from the first moment. They have clear, achievable objectives and incorporate different learning styles. Children with SEND have access to the curriculum through variation of task, grouping or support from an adult.

Each class has a timetabled lesson of at least thirty minutes per week. Key Spanish vocabulary is also revisited throughout the week to reinforce key learning.

Spanish lessons include:

  • PowerPoints and interactive whiteboard materials
  • Interactive games (which pupils can access from home to consolidate their learning)
  • Songs & raps
  • Differentiated desk-based consolidation activities
  • Worksheets (at three different levels of challenge) are provided throughout each teaching unit

Each lesson will focus on a combination of the 5 key language learning skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar).

Below is an example outline of the units we will cover throughout KS2:

Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
Core Vocabulary * & Phonetics Presenting Myself Do You Have A Pet? Verbs & Grammar
I’m Learning Spanish Family What Is The Date? At School
Animals The Tudors or Habitats (Intermediate Version) The Weather The Weekend
Musical Instruments At The Café Clothes World War II or Habitats (Progressive Version)
Little Red Riding Hood or Ancient Britain The Classroom The Romans Healthy Lifestyles
I Can… Goldilocks The Olympics or Habitats (Progressive Version) The Planets

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