Learning & Development


The Spanish curriculum at Red Lane is rooted in the belief that high-quality language education should foster children’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. We are committed to ensuring that competence in another language enables children to interpret, create and exchange meaning within and across cultures. It also helps children develop skills that will open further opportunities later in life. The formal teaching of Spanish in Key Stage 2 provides an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and lays the foundations for further foreign language teaching at Key Stage 3.

At Red Lane, Spanish is taught as a discrete subject in order that the development of knowledge and skills is taught meaningfully and explicitly. Naturally, links are made to other areas of the curriculum but this does not dilute the quality and entitlement of high quality Spanish teaching.

The school’s long term plan for Spanish sets out the content of teaching within in each year group. This is supported by the school’s Spanish progression document which demonstrates learning outcomes within each strand of development within a Spanish unit.  Catherine Cheater materials for Spanish provide a framework for staff to develop their lessons. This is adapted to match the school’s own curriculum intent whilst providing a supportive structure and resource for staff. Short term planning details how this content is developed over a series of lessons within the unit of work.  The organisation of the Spanish curriculum provides structured opportunities for pupils to:

  • understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
  • be able to speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and that they are continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.
  • 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 writing in the language studied.


Teaching and Learning Spanish

In addition to the conscious structure and design of the Spanish curriculum, great consideration has been paid to the design of the implementation of the curriculum in the classroom. Teaching delivery will vary according to the activities being undertaken, but will follow the principles set out in the Teaching, Learning and Implementation policy and will include class, group and individual instruction and guidance, demonstration, and the use of questioning and discussion. The following resources and approaches are adopted across all year groups in order to ensure effective delivery of the intended curriculum.