Spanish Intent Statement



At The Grove School we believe that learning languages is a joy not to be put on the back shelf.  It develops a natural growth mind-set and builds well upon previous knowledge as well as underpinning understanding of the English language.


We believe that learning, enjoying, discovering and playing with languages enables children to develop their learning across the wider curriculum and lays the foundations for success in future lines of study and employment.


We recognise the importance of taking a consistent whole school approach to the teaching of Spanish in order to close any gaps and to target the highest possible number of children attaining our goals for the end of Year 6.


We have high expectations of all children and we encourage children to challenge themselves, persevere and pursue success, reaching new heights together.



Based on http://www.rachelhawkes.com/Resources/PrSpanish/Y34.php for lower KS2

And http://www.rachelhawkes.com/Resources/PrSpanish/Y56.php for upper KS2

And http://www.rachelhawkes.com/Resources/Yr7/Yr7.php  for Year 7 next steps


The Scheme of work draws on key recommendations from the pedagogy review and the Ofsted languages research report, which highlight the three key knowledge strands phonics, vocabulary and grammar. The lessons therefore owe much to the NCELP team’s KS3 SOW and resources (led for Spanish by Nick Avery and Amanda Izquierdo), which are in turn informed by the research work of Professor Emma Marsden and colleagues, including Rowena Kasprowicz.

The overall curriculum plan for KS2 Spanish has the following design:


Time allocation (realistic yet optimal)

60 minutes per week in total

a 30-minute lesson

five mini follow ups (4 of 5 minutes, 1 of 10 minutes)

The three strands

phonics and grammar repeat in Y3 & 4 and then again in Y5 & 6

vocabulary varies (so that lessons themselves are different)

Structure (4-year consecutive or 2-year rolling)


the repetition of phonics and grammar content together with the variation in vocabulary makes it possible for the years Rojo and Amarillo to be completed in either order, and the same for Azul and Verde


Assessment will be ongoing and passed onto the next teacher to revisit and secure previously developed knowledge.


Follow the term links on the website (Autumn, Spring, Summer) to get to the lesson resources.

Links will become 'live' as the materials become available.


Children at The Grove enjoy speaking, reading and writing in Spanish.  We can hear them using it in play and simple conversation.  We can feel their aspirations for wanting to speak Spanish well but with realism that this will take time and practice and well developed knowledge.