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West Denton Primary School

‘A Stepping Stone into the Future’

Spanish Curriculum Coverage and Progression

In line with the new National curriculum, pupils will be taught to:


  • 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
  • write at varying lengths for different purposes and audiences
  • use a variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt and understand
  • discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.


At WDPS we teach Spanish as our curriculum language. One of the main reasons for this is that many of our parents and pupils choose Spain, or a Spanish speaking country as their holiday destination of choice.
Pupils are provided with a balance of spoken and written language, the younger Phase 2 (Y3 and Y4) pupils using more spoken language than the older Phase 3 (Y5 and Y6) pupils who also concentrate more on writing at greater length.
Pupils are encouraged to communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and in writing focussing on familiar and routine matters. Pupils also describe people, places, things and actions.
Pupils are taught to listen carefully, show understanding by joining in and responding to the spoken or written language in many ways, including through actions.
Pupils take part in conversations and role play where they ask and answer questions, express opinions and respond to others.
We teach songs, poems, stories and rhymes to help pupils remember, appreciate and explore the patterns and sounds of language. Pupils also learn how to structure a sentence by taking the part of a sentence and putting it together orally and then in writing.
Pupils learn the sound each letter makes and are then able to read with accurate pronunciation – Spanish is much easier for the pupils in this respect because each letter nearly always has the same sound.
Pupils are encouraged to read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing. This will be by labelling, completing sentences or answering sentences on texts. To help pupils broaden their vocabulary and understand new words that are introduced into written material, we provide vocabulary lists/glossaries for the older pupils and pictures with words for the younger pupils. Word searches are a good way of further increasing their vocabulary. We use the Education City resource as well as other language teaching websites to help introduce new vocabulary in an exciting and fun way.


Yr 3 Spanish

Here is the Spanish overview with a list of content, skills and main task types.

Autumn Term

  • Introductions and greetings.
  • Saying and asking how you are feeling.
  • Numbers to 10.
  • Months and days of the week.
  • Giving your age and asking others.
  • Birthdays.
  • Colours.
  • Alphabet.
  • At the start of December there are two cultural lessons on Spanish Christmas traditions.


 Songs are used regularly to help recall the

 language learned and improve

 pronunciation and fluency.

Spring Term

  • Stationery items and classroom equipment.
    The linguistic focus is gender, articles (definite & indefinite), plurals and adjectives (position & basic agreement).
  • Family members.
  • Pets + description (colour and age)
  • Drinks and snacks.
  • Opinions.
  • Just before the Easter holidays there is a lesson on Spanish Easter traditions.


  Pupils are encouraged at all times to

  strive to work things out for themselves,

 in pairs or groups.

 Pronunciation, memory and pattern

 finding are all used to help pupils

 become more confident in their language


Summer Term

This term continues with the food topic as we learn about the tapas tradition in Spain. Children are encouraged to share their experiences eating Spanish food.

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar in Spanish. Pupils are first introduced to useful vocabulary from the story – numbers, days of the week, fruits, foods – and then introduced to the story in Spanish. After several activities we read the story again encouraging children to join in.
  • Opinions about food.
  • Fruits.


   We end this term with a cultural fact file       about Spain. Pupils look at key cities and     their location in Spain, using the points of     the compass.

Yr 4 Spanish


Autumn Term


  • We start with a quick revision of months, days, alphabet and spelling names, dates, asking for and giving age and birthday.
  • Then we learn numbers up to 31 so they can write the date every week independently.
  • Classroom instructions and classroom language is reinforced so it’s used more confidently. Revision of colours and adding opinions and shapes.
  • Spanish phonics are revisited in more detail using tongue twisters.
  • Songs are used in every topic to help retain language as well as improve pronunciation and confidence.


 Cultural lessons include the Day of the   Dead  celebrated in Mexico in Oct-Nov     and Spanish Christmas celebrations.

Spring Term

  • This term starts with a cultural lesson about New Year celebrations in Spain.
  • Parts of the body.
  • Physical descriptions.
  • Family (extended):

Pupils learn the language for family members.  They re-tell the story 'The giant turnip'. They learn how to say 'Tengo un/una ..que se llama...' I have a ...called... and apply this also in the context of pets.  They also use adjectives for describing physical description (hair and eyes).  They use key verbs in the 3rd person singular and plural: --> tiene (has), es (is), tienen (have), son (are).


 Cultural lessons include Easter vocabulary in Spanish and how it’s celebrated in Spain.

Summer Term


  • This last term introduces clothes: full description adding colour with adjectival agreements. Pupils will have the opportunity to describe their school uniform and what they wear on different occasions, adding opinions.
  • Weather and seasons: we will explore the map of Spain in more detail and describe the weather in different places.


   End of term project: Spain fact file.                Pupils learn some key facts about Spain      and the Spanish culture: geographical          information, info about main cities, flag,        famous monuments, currency, etc

Yr 5 Spanish


Autumn Term


  • This unit starts with a quick revision of key language:

        Name, age, birthday, numbers to 31, stationery items, classroom instructions.

  • Numbers to 100.
  • Describing the weather.
  • Countries and nationalities, flags.
  • Telling the time.
  • Daily routine.
  • They learn how to say when mealtimes are and what they usually have, comparing with eating habits in Spain.  They learn how to give their opinions of different food and drink. 


    Cultural lessons include the Day of the          Dead celebrated in Mexico in Oct-Nov   

    and Spanish Christmas celebrations.

Spring Term

  • This unit focuses on local area: places in town, use of ‘hay’ ‘no hay’ to describe what there is/isn’t in their town. They use this language to describe their local area in detail.
  • Sports and opinions. They learn how to say which sports they like/dislike doing, using 'me gusta' + infinitive verb.
  • Time expressions.
  • Leisure activities and opinions. Pupils produce a detailed paragraph describing their leisure activities.



    Cultural lessons include Easter                    vocabulary  in Spanish and how it’s             celebrated in Spain 

Summer Term


  • In this term, we focus on learning more about Spain and other Spanish speaking countries.
  • Pupils will learn key facts about Spain and the Spanish speaking countries: capital city, population, languages spoken, etc.
  • Pupils research and produce a Power Point presentation on a Spanish festival of their choice to be presented to the rest of the class.


Yr 6 Spanish


Autumn Term


  • Classroom language in Spanish; quick revision to reinforce the use of Spanish during lessons as much as possible.
  • Pupils begin this unit by revisiting numbers to 100.
  • Revision of key personal details in order to produce a paragraph talking about themselves.
  • Describing personality


Cultural lessons include the Day of the Dead celebrated in Mexico in Oct-Nov

and Spanish Christmas celebrations.

Spring Term


  • Pupils focus on holidays this term; they learn key vocabulary and produce a paragraph describing a holiday of their own.
  • They research holiday destinations in Spanish-speaking countries and apply the language they know to describe their dream holiday. 

      Cultural lessons include Easter

      vocabulary in Spanish and how

      it’s celebrated in Spain. 

Summer Term

Year 6 is a particularly busy and full year, including SATs, transition days and   residential trips in the last term.

For that reason, I have allowed the material

   from the Spring Term to be spread flexibly across the Summer Term.


  • We always like to end the Summer Term with a final project, and we will be looking at Spanish art. Pupils research and produce a Power Point  presentation on a Spanish speaking artist of their choice.