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Intent, Implementation and Impact


Burnley Road Academy intends to use the Language Angels scheme of work and resources to ensure we offer a relevant, broad, vibrant and ambitious foreign languages curriculum that will inspire and excite our pupils using a wide variety of topics and themes. All pupils will be expected to achieve their full potential by encouraging high expectations and excellent standards in their foreign language learning - the ultimate aim being that pupils will feel willing and able to continue studying languages beyond key stage 2.

The intent is that all content will be continuously updated and reviewed annually, creating a dynamic programme of study that will be clearly outlined in both long-term and short-term planning. This will ensure that the foreign language knowledge of our pupils progresses within each academic year and is extended year upon year throughout the primary phase and, in so doing, will always be relevant and in line with meeting or exceeding national DfE requirements. 

The four key language learning skills; listening, speaking, reading and writing will be taught and all necessary grammar will be covered in an age-appropriate way across the primary phase. This will enable pupils to use and apply their learning in a variety of contexts, laying down solid foundations for future language learning and also helping the children improve overall attainment in other subject areas. In addition, the children will be taught how to look up and research language they are unsure of and they will have a bank of reference materials to help them with their spoken and written tasks going forward. This bank of reference materials will develop into a reference library to help pupils recall and build on previous knowledge throughout their primary school language learning journey.

The intent is that all pupils will develop a genuine interest and positive curiosity about foreign languages, finding them enjoyable and stimulating. Learning a second language will also offer pupils the opportunity to explore relationships between language and identity, develop a deeper understanding of other cultures and the world around them with a better awareness of self, others and cultural differences. The intention is that they will be working towards becoming life-long language learners.

Our academy values are developed through Spanish by teaching children to show courage and perseverance when learning a new language; they develop teamwork when working together on tasks and show compassion for themselves and others when learning is difficult.


Spanish is taught in Years 3 - 6 using a scheme  designed by primary teachers. Each class has a one hour lesson every week. Pupils are taught to listen carefully to spoken language, to show understanding and join in by responding. They are taught to spell and understand the meanings of a wide range of words. Children engage in conversations asking and answering questions, noticing similarities and differences and expressing likes and dislikes. They are encouraged to develop accurate pronunciation. During lessons children prepare and present ideas and information to their partner or to the class. Different topics are introduced each year thereby broadening vocabulary and children’s ability to understand new words. Children are expected to write phrases from memory to express ideas clearly. They regularly have opportunities to describe people, places and things orally and in writing.  They are taught to understand basic grammar, appropriate to Spanish, including gender and the conjugation of verbs and how to apply these to build sentences.


Children leave Burnley Road Academy with an understanding of Spain, Spanish culture and the Spanish language. They can apply their knowledge of vocabulary and grammar to write short sentences and have short conversations explaining likes and dislikes, similarities and differences and ask and answer questions. They leave more able to learn another language, with a better understanding of another country and curiosity about the wider world.

Teachers will have a clear overview of what they are working towards and if they are meeting these criteria. They will use the long-term planning documents provided in the form of Language Angels unit planners to ensure the correct units are being taught to the correct classes at each stage of the scholastic year. Short-term planning is also provided in the form of unit overviews (covering the learning targets for each 6-week unit) and individual lesson plans laying out the learning aims and intentions of each individual lesson within a unit. These planning documents ensure that teachers know what to teach and how to teach it in each lesson, across whole units and across each scholastic term.

The opportunity to assess pupil learning and progression in the key language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and against the 12 DfE Languages Programme of Study for Key Stage 2 attainment targets is provided at the end of each 6-week teaching unit. This information will be recorded and will be monitored by the Foreign Language Subject Leader who can use this data to ensure teaching is targeted and appropriate for each pupil, class and year group as well as to feedback on progress to SLT and stakeholders. Teachers will be able to record, analyse and access this data easily using the Tracking and Progression Tool that will monitor school, class and individual progress in the foreign language. Pupils will also be offered self-assessment grids to ensure they are also aware of their own progress which they can keep as a record of their progress.

Children are expected to make good or better than good progress in their foreign language learning and their individual progress is tracked and reported to pupils and parents / carers in line with school recommendations.

If pupils are not progressing in line with expectations, this will be identified in the End of Unit Skills Assessments provided in the Language Angels Tracking & Progression Tool. This will enable teachers to put in place an early intervention programme to address any areas that require attention in any of the language learning skills.



Modern Foreign Language Documents

Cultural Capital in Spanish

‘It is the essential knowledge that pupils need to be educated citizens, introducing them to the best that has been thought and said and helping to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.’

Ofsted School Inspection Handbook 2019


At Burnley Road Academy,  we believe that the learning of a language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. The study of Spanish will prepare the children for their future language learning in Key Stage 3 and beyond.

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