Spanish

Staff

The department is staffed with two committed, experienced and enthusiastic MFL teachers. Mr S Clare, Subject Leader and Ms M Warren, MFL Teacher

Courses

Key Stage 3

Students join the school in Year 7 and study Spanish for the first half of the year and then French for the second half (or vice versa). This gives students both a cultural and linguistic insight into the two languages offered at our school. At the end of Year 7 students will make a choice and decide which language they would prefer to continue with in Years 8 and 9. Many students enjoy their Spanish lessons in this Key Stage and at the end of Year 9 choose it as one of their options to study at GCSE.

Year 7

Pupils will learn basic Spanish, to talk about themselves and school life.

Year 8

Pupils will learn how to talk about the family, the home, free time and the city using the present tense.

Year 9

Pupils will learn to talk about their interest, holidays, food, clothes, shopping and health. The start to study the past tense.

Key Stage 4

In Years 10 and 11 students follow the GCSE AQA syllabus and are tested at the end of the two year course with four examinations of equal weighting in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. We have a long standing history of excellent exam results. In 2016 the percentage of students achieving a grade between A*-B was 94%.

Years 10 and 11. At GCSE three themes are studied. Theme 1. Identity and Culture (Family, Technology and Free Time and Spanish Customs). Theme 2. Local, national, international and global areas of interest (Home town, The Environment and Travel). Theme 3. Studies and Employment (School life, Education post 16 and Work).

Key Stage 5

Students study Spanish and follow the Edexcel syllabus. In Year 12 students study Spanish in greater depth and are assessed in all four skills. In Year 13 students are expected to have reached a high level of efficiency in the language and carry out a vigorous Speaking exam as well as show their proficiency in the language in its written form.

Assessment

Student individual progress is closely monitored by regular testing at the end of each unit in the course pupil book. Where student achievement is falling below expectations intervention strategies are used to bring them back on track.

Extra-Curricular

We organise two popular trips to Spain. There is a trip to Barcelona in the north and one to Andalusia in the south where students have the opportunity to practise their Spanish in a school as well as in real life situations.