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St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Primary School

“I have called you by your name; you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1


Our Learning Sequence


By the time children leave St Thomas Aquinas we aim for them to be able to understand and respond to speakers in both speaking and writing. We aim for them to have learnt new ways of thinking and for them to be equipped and confident to continue their language learning in Secondary school, whatever that language may be.


In EYFS and KS1 the focus is on building a love of languages, fostering curiosity and deepening their understanding of the world. This is achieved through a focus on speaking and listening. 


In KS2 we aim to build upon their knowledge and experience from KS1 in the five key areas of learning: speaking, listening, reading, writing and cultural understanding.


Class teachers teach their own Spanish with support from the subject leader.  Resources are used which include native speaker extracts which expose the children to authentic accents and differing speeds of the language and also supports teacher confidence.


The sequence of learning for Spanish is:

  • listen and connect
  • join in
  • rehearse
  • respond


In each year group and across each topic, prior knowledge is used to build upon developing their breadth of knowledge and their confidence.