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Rufford Primary School


Subject Leader - Mrs Clark

Children learn Spanish at Rufford Primary School

Children are taught languages in line with the National Curriculum.

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At Rufford we aim to deliver a high-quality languages education that will foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world through exposure to the Language and Culture of other countries. The teaching will enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language (Spanish) and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It will also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching at Rufford will provide the foundation for learning further languages, with the intention of equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.


At Rufford Primary & Nursery School, we are committed to fostering an interest in learning other languages in a way that is enjoyable and fun. We aim to stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language and to encourage the children to be aware that language has a structure that differs from one language to another. In our diverse, multi-cultural society, we aim to utilise the many positive opportunities to be found, to help the children develop their awareness of cultural differences within their own and other countries. As part of their studies, the pupils will develop their speaking and listening skills as a foundation for future study of languages.

Through our teaching of Modern Foreign Languages (Spanish) in school, we aim for children to be able to build on three strands of teaching and learning: Oracy (listening, understanding & speaking), Literacy (reading & writing) and Intercultural Understanding (awareness of cultural similarities & differences).

These three strands will enable the children to be able to:

  • Listen attentively to spoken language and show their understanding by responding orally to questions using correct pronunciation and grammar.
  • Explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words.
  • Engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help.
  • Present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences.
  • Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing.
  • Broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary
  • Write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly.
  • Describe people, places, things and actions orally* and in writing
  • Recognise similarities and differences between countries and cultures.