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 5.

Languages policy 2021-2022

National Curriculum – Languages

Spanish Curriculum Overview


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

 Autumn1 2022

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- Mi familia 

Year 4 Spanish Knowledge Page Y4- Yo All about me

Year 5 Spanish Knowledge Page Y5- Spain Part 1

Year 6 Spanish Knowledge Page Y6- Frida Kahlo 1

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






Enrichment News

Hispanic Day 2021

iUn día maravilloso para todos! Hispanic day 2021 kicked off with the usual style with Mr Schumm greeting the children in a true Hispanic fashion! We then enjoyed a wonderful assembly by Ilusion Flamenca. The children learned about the origins of Flanenco dancing. Carlos explained how flamenco is in fact a truly multicultural dance including but not limited to Arabic, Jewish, Indian and of course, Spanish influences. The children then sang La Bamba by Los Lobos before setting off to their various activities inspired by the Hispanic world. This year the learning focus was Hispanic stories from around the world and we are very grateful to all of our Spanish speaking St Stephens community who volunteered to read in class. 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. iOle!

See the highlights of Hispanic Day 2021 here