Our Spanish Curriculum

Article 29: Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full

The Modern Foreign Language that we teach at Bangabandhu is Spanish.

Our goal is for our children to become Spanish speakers.  Spanish speakers must have: 

Fundamental Foundations

We believe that for children to secure greater depth, it is important that they first have solid fundamental foundations.  Fundamental foundations should not be rushed and so the notion of ‘rapid progress’ must be dismissed. Instead the goal of repetition should be seen as both useful and necessary.  This is why you will see us returning regularly to Spanish knowledge and concepts.  

Time Scales for Progression Through the Cognitive Domains

Milestone 1 

Y1 & Y2 

Milestone 2 

Y3 & Y4

Milestone 3

Y5 & Y6



















Curriculum Content

Breadth of study 

National Curriculum Content in Milestone 2 and 3¯ 

These areas of Spanish are taught in Key Stage 2 in order that there is full coverage of the National Curriculum.  


• In the chosen modern language: 

      • Speak 

      • Read 

      • Write 

• Look at the culture of the countries where the language is spoken. 

Building a Spanish Schema at Bangabandhu

Our pupils will form a Spanish schema* by: 

Threshold Concepts

At Bangabandhu we will teach four threshold concepts throughout KS2. These are the big ideas that underpin the 

subject.  Threshold concepts tie together the subject micro-topics into meaningful schema. The same concepts are explored throughout the micro-topics. 

The threshold concepts are:  

Read fluently 
This concept involves recognising key vocabulary and phrases. 

Write imaginatively 
This concept involves using key vocabulary and phrases to write ideas. 

Speak confidently 
This concept involves using key vocabulary and phrases to verbally communicate ideas. 

Understand the culture of the countries in which the language is spoken 
This concept involves the background knowledge and cultural capital needed to infer meaning from interaction 

*Schema – A subject schema is a way of organising knowledge in a meaningful way; it is an appreciation of how facts are connected and they ways in which they are connected.  A schema is distinct from information, which is just isolated facts that have no organisational basis or links. 

Curriculum Breadth, Depth & Progression Principles

We have carefully planned our curriculum to ensure progression as well as breadth and depth.  These are the principles we have adhered to: 

Curriculum Breadth Maps

Milestone 2 Curriculum Breadth Map

Milestone 3 Curriculum Breadth Map

How we Implement our Curriculum

Spanish is taught weekly for 30 minutes by a specialist Spanish teacher in Y3, Y4, Y5 and Y6. We do not block our subjects as we want children to return regularly to the subject knowledge and concepts in order that they are regularly retrieving the tuaght knowledge and concepts, embedding these in their long term memory.  This enables them to make progress - know more and remember more.

Spanish policy

An example of a milestone 2 lesson

An example of a milestone 3 lesson

Speaking Spanish

Here are some of our children practicing their Spanish.


 Year 3 Group A


 Year 3 Group A


 Year 5


 Year 6

Subject Specific Vocabulary

We teach children  a rich and broad vocabulary in order that they  develop a deep understanding of the subjects they study.  We carefully select this vocabulary, teaching it in context.  Here is some of the most common vocabulary taught. 


Spanish Vocabulary 

Beyond the  National Curriculum - Cultural Capital Experiences 

Cultural capital is the essential knowledge that children need to prepare them for their future success. We want to ensure that children at Bangabandhu have a wide and varied range of experiences as they progress through our school. We want them to know about their world; to build a schema of knowledge and to do this through first hand experiences. We intend to provide our children with opportunities to develop not just their knowledge but their interests and talents. Our aim is to prepare them for a successful future. 

Our school is in an area of high socio-economic deprivation. We are focused on addressing this disadvantage. Our curriculum is the main provider of cultural capital however there are other aspects of school life which provide essential cultural capital and should not be overlooked. We have planned the cultural provision that goes beyond the curriculum and this plan can be found below.  This plan is to capture, illustrate and to strategically plan for the breadth and range of cultural capital experiences we will provide for our children as they move through the school. We are not leaving such an essential element of our school’s provision to chance or individual teacher interest. When a child leaves Bangabandhu in Year 6, we will be certain of what they have learnt and experienced and know that they will be prepared for the next step in their learning and personal development.  

Bangabandhu's Whole School Cultural Capital, Trips and Experiences Plan

Curriculum and Expectation Booklets for Parents

These booklets give an overview of our Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 curriculum.  They explain what is taught in each subject area as well as outlining some of the expectations we have for children.  Parents are given these booklets at the start of each year and they are sent electronically with each term's newsletter. 

Year 1 Curriculum and Expectations Booklet for Parents

Year 2  Curriculum and Expectations Booklet for Parents

Year 3 Curriculum and Expectations Booklet for Parents

Year 4 Curriculum and Expectations Booklet for Parents

Year 5 Curriculum and Expectations Booklet for Parents

Year 6 Curriculum and Expectations Booklet for Parent