By the end of Reception children will

  1. Listen and respond - Listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by using gestures or basic responses.
  2. Begin to recognize sounds and patterns - link the sound and meaning of the words through songs or rhymes
  3. Engage in basic language - greet and leave a person, say thank you, you're welcome, yes or no.
  4. Speak - say individual words such as colours, animals or numbers for example.
  5. Develop accurate pronunciation - recognise that some sounds in Spanish are different to English,
  6. Follow along with a story - show understanding of individual words in a story containing Spanish vocabulary.
  7. Broaden their vocabulary - show interest in the language by seeking out Spanish equivalents for the English words they encounter
  8. Describe people, places or things - use individual words (such as colour, animal, number or family member) to describe
  9. Recognise patterns of sounds - be able to identify a word as Spanish based on patterns of the language;
  10. Apply the language they have learnt - be able to apply vocabulary to existing and new contexts i.e identify an item's colour, number or the person.


1. Be able to greet someone [hola] in Spanish

2. Be able to leave someone [adiós] in Spanish

3. Be able to say thank you [gracias] in Spanish

4. Be able to recognise some colours in Spanish


1. Be able to ask, how are you? [¿Qué t'al?] Spanish

2. Be able to respond to ¿Qué t'al? with a gesture (thumbs up or down) or even a word

3. Be able to answer my name in the register with yes or no [sí o no]

4. Be able to recognise and say colours in Spanish

5. Be able to choose the correct coloured item in Spanish


1. Be able to recognise some numbers in Spanish

2. Be able to practise saying specific sounds contained within numbers in Spanish

3. Be able to say some numbers in Spanish

4. Be able to count the number of items in Spanish 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

5. Be able to say you're welcome [de nada] in Spanish