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MFL (Modern Foreign Languages)

Intent of MFL


Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds, Healthy Futures.


In Spanish, we encourage children to explore and question language through active games, song and actions. By approaching Spanish with a focus on investigation and communication children will be able to go forward with the confidence to embrace communicating with other communities, developing a love for languages.


Implementation of MFL


We do the following in order to deliver our curriculum in MFL:



  • Spanish is not delivered by a Foreign Language Teacher, instead class teachers deliver short sessions focusing on very basic vocabulary through songs.  These short sessions are carried out on a weekly basis.
  • Support is provided to these teachers from the FLT who delivers sessions in KS2.
  • These short sessions build up confidence and familiarity with Spanish ahead of more focused objectives in KS2.



In KS2 we follow a set scheme of work, planned for, resourced and delivered by SIL.

  • Years 5 and 6 receive one 30 minute session per week with Melissa, our FLT
  • Years 3 and 4 receive one 20 minute session per week with Melissa, our FLT

Each session consists of songs, vocabulary games, speaking and listening tasks and some writing.  Often work will be set to be completed with the class teacher before the next session.

Lessons are designed to build upon previous knowledge from unit to unit as well as year group to year group.  This allows children to leave Norman Pannell with a great basic understanding of Spanish and the confidence to use it.


Teachers are provided with detailed plans and resources that are used within lessons.  These are then used to revisit learning as much as possible between Spanish sessions.

Each Spanish unit is ended with an assessment, carried out by the FLT, that allows all children to display understanding of vocabulary and speaking and listening skills.  These judgements are then shared with the class teacher who will discuss why particular judgements have been made.


Across the school

  • Key vocabulary linked to every day objects (e.g. door) are displayed around school to ensure that children are constantly exposed to written Spanish.
  • Every classroom to have vocabulary linked to their classes current topic displayed on the vocabulary wall.
  • Events such as Spanish week and Spanish day are used to introduce children to key aspects of culture and way of life in Spain and other Spanish speaking countries.

Spanish Long Term Overview

Impact of MFL


At Norman Pannell we provide regular assessment tasks that allow all KS2 children to demonstrate their understanding of Spanish.  Throughout their topic, children will be provided with opportunities to prove their knowledge and skills both in written and verbal forms .  The children's abilities are expertly assessed by our Spanish teacher, Melissa on a termly basis. Alongside the the MFL team from School Improvement Liverpool, subject and school leaders monitor the impact of our curriculum provision through completing regular monitoring, including pupil voice. 

Some home learning links for you to try at home!

This year's Spanish Week was a fantastic success. The aim of the week was to celebrate the Spanish language and cultures.

It was lovely to see both the children and staff dressed up in the colours of the Spanish flag as well as traditional clothes and colourful flamenco dresses.

The children took part in a range of Spanish themed activities these included: flamenco dancing, cooking a range of Spanish tapas, making Sangria, learning Spanish songs, food tasting, P4C, creating leaflets about cities, writing instructions and letters of complaint about bull fighting.

The children also created some fantastic artwork based on Miro, Dali and Juan Gris.

We also had a special visitor from the Spanish Embassy in Manchester who told traditional Spanish stories using finger puppets and used instructions in Spanish to make Origami flowers.

Our amazing cooks prepared a typical Spanish menu for lunch. It was a truly memorable week!

Spanish lessons

Spanish display