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Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) (KS2 only)

This page provides details about what MFL looks like at Crayke Primary. It includes our Intent Statement, our coverage and progression document and our “jigsaw” explaining how teaching and learning in MFL links to our four core values of Friendship, Forgiveness, Respect and Determination.

The MFL Subject Leader is: Mrs Seligman.

Details relating to Coverage and Progression in this subject can be found here:

Languages NC Programme of Study



Ensuring access to a rich, broad and balanced curriculum, based upon and framed by our school values of Respect, Determination, Friendship and Forgiveness, is at the heart of Crayke’s provision…


The fundamental aim of Crayke Church of England Primary School is to provide opportunities for children to develop as independent, confident, successful learners with high aspirations; creating citizens of the future who know how to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society. This aligns with our school vision which strives to enable children to “Follow your pathway and grow together with confidence.”

At Crayke CE Primary School we have opted to teach Spanish to Key Stage 2 pupils from September 2023 as our modern foreign language.  We have taken this decision for a number of reasons.  It is partly in response to pupil voice, since a number of our children expressed a lack of enjoyment in learning French.  We wish to inspire enthusiasm and a desire to learn a new language and feel that a fresh initiative aligns with our ethos of increasing resilience.  Our Spanish extra-curricular club was well attended by pupils across Key Stages 1 and 2. In addition, several of our pupils go to Spanish speaking countries on holidays and it is the subject that our staff have the most knowledge of, particularly the Subject Leader who will be able to provide quality CPD to colleagues.  We have established sound links with the language department at our main feeder Secondary school and Spanish is provided there currently in Year 8; therefore this grounding in KS2 Spanish will support a smooth transition to KS3.

MFL intent:

Being a Crayke linguist means that pupils learn:

  • The confidence to speak with good intonation and pronunciation.
  • Fluency in reading.
  • Fluency and imagination in writing.
  • A strong awareness of the culture of the countries where the language is spoken.
  • A passion for languages and a commitment to the subject.
  • The ability to use language creatively and spontaneously.
  • An independence in their studies and the ability to draw upon a wide range of resources.

Learning another language will give children a new and broader perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others.

Meeting National Curriculum requirements, we deliver a rich, broad and balanced curriculum. Crayke engages all learning styles using a variety of resources which support the teaching of the curriculum. The wider learning culture is promoted through our school values of ‘Determination, Respect, Friendship and Forgiveness’ and through a culture of our aspirational ‘Crayke Growth Mindset’.


Using the National Curriculum and Language Angels, we teach the modern foreign language Spanish focusing on enabling pupils to make substantial progress across KS2 in one language. We provide an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and lay the foundations for further foreign language teaching at key stage 3. We enable pupils to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing, focused on familiar and routine matters, using their knowledge of phonics, grammar and vocabulary.

Language Angels is taught progressively, with activities building on previous learning and ensuring progression.  It consists of units spread over Year 3 – 6. These units are in line with the National Curriculum Languages programmes of study for Key Stage 2: Foreign Language.

MFL impact:

Impact will be measured by assessing against the Language Angels knowledge and skills statements through ‘Insight pupil tracking’ as:

  • Below
  • Just below
  • On track

Crayke linguists will be able to demonstrate the essential characteristics of foreign language speakers detailed in the Intent section above.

They will successfully be able to:

  • 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 interactions.

They will use the school Christian values of Respect, Determination, Friendship and Forgiveness to drive their Spanish attainment and show progress against the Language Angels knowledge and skills statements, alongside demonstrating aspiration, confidence, independence as they develop in to citizens of the future.