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Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) in the National Curriculum


MFL became a statutory part of the National Curriculum in September 2014. It states:

'The teaching should focus on enabling pupils to make substantial progress in one language.  It should provide an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and should lay the foundations for further foreign language teaching at key stage 3.'

MFL at Pudsey Waterloo


All children in years 3 – 6 participate in a weekly session of Spanish lasting between 30 and 45 minutes. This builds up to about an hour per week with a range of shorter activities, e.g. songs/ greetings on a daily basis.We follow the ‘Jolie Ronde’ language scheme and, where appropriate, use books and ICT to research the Spanish culture. Most lessons begin with paired dialogues, which enable children to develop fluency with familiar phrases and then extend their conversations with more recently acquired knowledge. (see videos)  The children undertake a range of activities focusing particularly on speaking and listening skills with the addition of reading and writing skills when appropriate. Children are enthusiastic about their learning and many initiate conversations in Spanish at every opportunity both in and out of the classroom.



MFL in Year 3


Year 3 are introduced to Spanish through greetings and simple sentences, such as giving details about themselves: name, age and where they live. They learn colours, instructions, numbers to at least ten, food items, days of the week and months of the year. As well as the relevant vocabulary, they learn key phrases to begin building sentences.There are also opportunities to compare and contrast Christmas and Easter festivities in England and Spain. Children undertake a range of activities including paired dialogues, songs, games and they hear simple stories in the native language. A particular favourite is 'The Hungry Caterpillar.'

MFL in Year 4

The Year 4 curriculum further develops what the children have learned in Year 3. New topics include parts of the body, zoo animals, pets and family members. Topics such as colours and numbers (up to 20) are revisited as well as the introduction of other adjectives to describe objects, people and animals. Children particularly enjoy the opportunity to create their own monster and describe it using written phrases. They begin to see how adjectives are used in Spanish- following the noun rather than preceding it.

MFL in Year 5


Year 5 children consolidate the work covered in previous years, adding new topics such as hobbies, transport and weather. Familiar key phrases, e.g. 'Me gusta...' ('I like...') are revisited using a different word bank. Children begin to extend their sentences using connectives to join ideas and link sentences.

MFL in Year 6


In Year 6, children learn names of places in the town and create dialogues asking where they are and following simple directions. They learn to read analogue times to the quarter of an hour, add to previously learned hobbies vocabulary and begin to look at the simple future tense to say what they are going to do. They revisit numbers and learn multiples of ten, enabling them to form all numbers to one hundred.

Current learning: January - March 2018

Year 3  started the new year with a revision of their first term's topics- numbers to 20; greetings and introductory phrases; colours. They are currently learning some names of food items and will discuss healthy and unhealthy foods and their likes and dislikes. Additionally,they will learn some new songs to practise this key vocabulary. The following unit consolidates work covered on food and, using the Spanish version of the popular children's story, The Hungry Caterpillar, introduces them to the days of the week. Towards Easter, the children will learn about how the Spanish people celebrate this important festival.


In year 4, children are currently working on a short story, A Trip to the Zoo, which introduces them to zoo animals- a very useful link to our Chester Zoo visit! They begin to use some simple adjectives to describe animals, learning that the adjective in Spanish always follows the noun. Following this unit, the children are introduced to family vocabulary and will start to discuss how many brothers and sisters they have. They will create dialogues asking each other about their families. Songs and role play activities help to consolidate new learning. Towards Easter, the children will learn about how the Spanish people celebrate this important festival.


Year 5 started the new term with revision of family members and their pets. This included using some familiar vocabulary, e.g. size, colour... to describe pets. The children are now beginning to learn the Spanish alphabet and how to use a bilingual dictionary. Activities include sorting words into alphabetical order and then finding them using the features of the dictionary. They will begin to research vocabulary for the following unit, which is all about their hobbies. This also involves revising the phrases, 'Me gusta...' and 'No me gusta...' to talk about their likes and dislikes. They will end the term learning about Spanish Easter customs.


Following revision of work covered so far in Key Stage 2, Year 6 children are beginning to learn the names of buildings on the high street and use simple directional vocabulary to describe where they are, e.g.  on the left, on the right. They combine this learning with a revision of the use of adjectives in Spanish. Additionally, they participate in role play dialogues, asking where a particular place is and responding to the question. This work then extends into talking about different times of day and briefly introducing reading the time. Year 6 will end the term comparing and contrasting our Easter customs with those in Spain.




Year 5 always begin lessons with a greetings dialogue:


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Year 5 have been learning how to talk about what they like to do:


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MFL in the Pudsey Family of Schools


A network has been set up in the Pudsey Family of Schools to create opportunities for children to work with other primary children and students in the local secondary schools. We are currently in the planning stages of several shared activities.