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We believe that language teaching is a vital part of preparing children to live in a global community and in the long run makes our children more employable. 
  • Children learn Spanish from Nursery to Year 6.
  • Children are taught by class teachers who have the support and guidance of a specialist Spanish teacher.
  • We have a link with University de Valladolid and we often welcome a native speaker student teacher.
  • We are developing links with schools in Spain and in Year 6 our children may have the chance to spend a week in Segovia, Spain (numbers permitting).

Whilst most schools teach French, we teach Spanish because when we asked our community they chose Spanish above all other languages. Spanish is one of the fastest-growing languages in the world and it is spoken by an estimated 350 million people globally. Counting only native speakers, Spanish actually outranks English, which makes learning and teaching Spanish a sensible choice. Spanish is also a fantastic way to gain knowledge of the English language, for example, escribir = to scribe = to write, sol = solar = sun, luna = lunar = moon.

Year 6 Visit to Segovia

Spanish Students visit Ripon Cathedral School


Our intent is to inspire and excite children so that they have a passion for languages. We endeavour to ensure that children build an understanding of how another language works and use this knowledge to explore similarities with their mother tongue. Children will build a sequential knowledge of at least 500 key words along with knowledge of grammatical structures that they can apply in other contexts. Children will have a rich experience across all primary year groups so that they leave our school as life-long language learners.

Traditional Spanish Songs from Ripon Cathedral School on Vimeo.

Long Term Plan

To support sequential learning we have developed long term plans that detail the knowledge that will be learnt in each year group.