At St Stephen’s Spanish is taught to all children as part of the normal school curriculum. The learning of a modern foreign language is a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for the pupils. Pupils develop communication and literacy skills that lay the foundations for future language learning. They develop linguistic competence, extend their knowledge of how language works and explore differences and similarities between Spanish and English. Learning another language raises awareness of the multilingual and multicultural world in which we live therefore allowing a liberation from insularity. It also serves to introduce an international dimension to pupils’ learning, giving them an insight into their own culture and those of others.

Y1, Y2, Y3: Lessons consist of 45 minute Spanish lessons once a week.  Lessons are practical and include songs, games, stories and the use of puppets. The scheme of work has been created by the Modern Foreign Language (MFL) teacher.

Y4, Y5, Y6: Hourly lessons once a week. A mixture of oral, written, listening and reading skills are used.  Lessons are a combination of practical and written activities. They consist of the MFL teacher’s planning, supported by authentic resources. The children have a Spanish exercise book which they will carry with them up through the Key Stage.


Enrichment opportunities

As well as weekly Spanish lessons, children in KS1 can also participate in a Spanish after school club. We also hold an annual Hispanic Day, which gives children, parents, and staff the opportunity to experience the culture and customs of Spanish-speaking countries. Children regularly learn and perform Spanish songs in assembly and in church. The modern foreign languages curriculum is also complemented by school trips both in London and further afield. These include trips to current art exhibitions by Hispanic artists and a one week school residential trip to Puerto Santa Maria, Andalucía in Year 6.

Slideshow of Y6 Trip to Spain 2022

Languages policy 2022-2023

National Curriculum – Languages

Curriculum map for Spanish 2022-2023

Spanish Spelling Challenges Y5& Y6

Y5 & Y6 are set half a half termly Spanish spelling test where they are challenged with learning how to say and spell a list of words relating to a topic. This enables children to practice building a rich vocabulary bank in the target language as well as preparing them for the demands of language learning at secondary school.




Half Termly Knowledge Pages

Spring 2 2023

Click on the relevant Year group page to see what Spanish topics and vocabulary we will be learning about this term….

Year 3 Spanish Knowledge Page Y3- Juanito

Year 4 Spanish Knowledge Page Y4- La selva tropical

Year 5 Spanish Knowledge Page Y5- El colegio

Year 6 Spanish Knowledge PageY6-¡Vamos a España!

A little snapshot of our learning across the whole school: Our Learning in Spanish


Our Spanish Christmas Song:

Mi burrito Sabanero Song





Enrichment News

Hispanic Day 2022 Newsletter
iUn día maravilloso para todos! Hispanic day 2022 kicked off with the usual style with Mr Schumm
greeting the children in a true Hispanic fashion! We then enjoyed a wonderful Collective Worship by our Mexican folk dancers. The children then sang La Cucaracha setting off to their various activities inspired by the Hispanic world. This year the learning focus was Hispanic artists from around the world.

Reception sported the colours of the Colombian flag. Inspired by Fernando Botero they made shape people creations with 2D shapes.

Year 1 learnt about Spain and focused on Pablo Picasso as their artist. They created Picasso style playdough faces as well as a giant cubist collage. They also enjoyed a surprise visit from Annabel’s mum and Clover’s dad who read to the children in Spanish and spoke about their Hispanic experiences.

Year 2 found out about Mexico. They produced Mexican timelines as well as papel picado with Cecelia’s mum and they explored the art of Frida Kahlo. Lil’s mum visited in the afternoon to read a Spanish story.

Year 3 looked delightful in the colour of Ecuador. They learnt facts about the Ecuadorian artist Oswaldo Guayasamin and they enjoyed an art workshop delivered by Winstons dad and a story from Julia’s mum.

Year 4 arrived to school dressed in the colours of the Peruvian flag. Elise’s dad and Margherita’s mum read stories to the children in Spanish. They learnt about artist Victor Delfin who liked to paint birds. They then created Peruvian masks and Delfin style flying chickens using paper straws and string. They even had a surprise visit from Paddington Bear!

Year 5 researched facts about their class country, Cuba. They learnt all about the Cuban artist Amelia Pelaez who liked to paint still life pictures in a cubist style. They then created their own still life creations using real fruit from Shepherds Bush Market. As if this wasn’t enough they enjoyed a return visit from Aunt Joan who taught them a beautiful Spanish song ‘Yo Vendo Unos Ojos Negros’.

Year 6 enjoyed a visit from Lara’s mum. She taught the children facts about Bolivia and read a Spanish story. Year 6 then learnt about artist Mamani Mamani who liked to paint vibrant paintings full of symbols. They then used these symbols to create their own Mamani paintings.


We are very grateful to all of our Spanish speaking St Stephens community who volunteered to read, present, sing and organise art activities with the children. It was great to hear our school language spoken by so many. Below are some of the day’s highlights and a little video of the day’s activities.