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Gordon Primary School

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Gordon Primary School

Curriculum Intent

Through our teaching of a Modern Foreign Language, we aim to:

  • Allow all of our children to experience a common language, different to their own, that is practical and enjoyable.
  • Give children an interest and passion for learning a new European language and to further their curiosity of other languages.
  • For children to recognise the differences between their own language and the structure of different languages.
  • Support their understanding of their own language.
  • Develop language skills and language learning skills.
  • Help children develop their awareness of cultural similarities and differences in other countries.
  • Increase children’s speaking and listening skills.
  • Give children the foundations for language learning that they can use in the future.
  • Experience a range of activities, including songs, rhymes and games, which provide a stimulated approach to language learning.


The children will be taught to:

  • ask and answer questions;
  • use correct pronunciation;
  • memorise words and interpret meaning;
  • understand basic grammar;
  • make use of bilingual dictionaries; 
  • work in pairs and groups to communicate in a foreign language;
  • explore different cultures and the traditions from different countries.



The school follows a scheme of work developed by a specialist teacher. This is based on the National Curriculum requirements and ensures appropriate progression between year groups in relation to all areas of language acquisition.


When Planning Spanish:

  • The specialist teacher will be responsible for planning.
  • Planning will take place in conjunction with the class teacher, who will support the specialist teacher in their delivery and assessment of MFL.
  • Lessons will have clear, achievable objectives, and incorporate different learning styles.
  • Activities are designed to motivate and engage all children.


As with all our subject teaching, we do not teach MFL in isolation to other curriculum areas; where possible, we relate the work undertaken to real life situations and we also aim to:

  • Improve pupils' skills in other curriculum areas
  • Develop pupils' thinking skills.
  • Promote pupils' awareness and understanding of gender, cultural, spiritual and moral issues.
  • Develop pupils as active and responsible citizens within their own and wider communities.

Gordon Primary School

Golfe Road, Ilford, EssexIG1 1SU