At Streatham Wells we believe that learning a foreign language is an important part of children’s
education. It helps our children become good communicators and responsible citizens who
make a positive contribution to a global society. Studies show that bilingualism positively affects
cognitive abilities. The bilingual brain can have better attention and task-switching capacities
than the monolingual brain, thanks to its developed ability to inhibit one language while using
We teach Spanish formally from Year 3 to Year 6 as part of the curriculum, but we expose our
EYFS and KS1 children to the language in order to lay the foundation of Modern Foreign
Languages and instil curiosity. We believe that early acquisition of a foreign language facilitates
the learning of languages later in life and that can help a child’s achievement across the
curriculum. It also encourages pupils to recognise and celebrate cultural differences and
promotes tolerance and community cohesion.
We use the Language Angels Scheme of Work.
Aims & Objectives
There is a weekly Spanish assembly in KS1, where children learn Spanish songs. In KS2,
Spanish is taught once weekly. The content of the units is adapted to the context of our school
and the abilities of our children. Class teachers will provide opportunities for children to speak
Spanish at other times in the week, for example, taking the register, PE warm up. Literacy in
Spanish will be reinforced by the provision of Spanish readers and topic related display. Spanish
resources, books and games are available in the library for all teachers to use.