Welcome to the MFL department. Spanish is studied from Years 7-11 and is compulsory at KS3. Within these pages you will find lots of information about the subject and how the department operates.
KS4 is offered as an option and with the introduction of the new Ebacc certificate is now a popular choice. A high number of pupils are actively encouraged to study the subject.
Mrs K Woodman
Language learning can be one of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences. Through learning languages, we can learn social sills, team work skills, communication skills, confidence and flexibility to name a few. These are all skills that employers look for. When applying for jobs, if you can speak a foreign language, you are much more likely to be successful and get the job you have always dreamed of.
In years 7 and 8 students learn the skills necessary to communicate in Spanish. We follow a course based upon the ‘Viva’ textbooks. Students have two hours of Spanish a week. Language lessons are planned to start to build the necessary skills for the GCSE exam, as well as incorporating fun and interactive activities, in order to give the pupils a good grasp of the language. All four skills are developed (listening, speaking, reading and writing) through a variety of activities. Throughout these years, students are not only learning the language, but they are also introduced to the culture and history of Spain and other Spanish speaking countries.
Homework tasks are set weekly and will include a minimum of a learning task each week – students will be expected to learn a list of key words and they will be expected to spell them correctly. It is vital that students regularly learn vocabulary, as it is the key to understanding the language.
There is ongoing assessment and students are encouraged to check their own progress regularly. Students are also encouraged to ask for help when needed. Spanish rooms are always available to complete homework if needed.
In Year 9 students are placed into groups according to their guided choices. Students start the GCSE course, but at a level that is suitable for all levels of ability. Students in Year 9 also have two hours of Spanish a week.
This year, students will continue to build on and perfect the skills learned in years 7 and 8, but with a heavier focus on exam skills and grammar. There is a focus on the ability to write paragraphs unaided and develop their spoken skills. They are also encouraged to be more creative and imaginative in their use of language. Students are encouraged to employ a range of tenses, opinions and connectives in written and spoken tasks with a significant focus on accuracy.
Homework tasks are set weekly and will include a range of activities, ranging from vocabulary learning, to writing longer texts and to translations. In the Summer term, students will be set a second piece of homework which will be a retrieval practice task, to revise some of the content studied in the Autumn and Spring terms.
The Spanish GCSE is a course which builds on and further develops the work and topics covered in KS3. By the end of the course, students should feel confident in their ability to communicate with native speakers in both speech and writing. They should also develop an awareness and understanding of the culture and identity of the countries where Spanish is spoken. They study a range of topics under the 3 themes of: Identity and Culture; Local, national, international and global areas of interest and Current and Future Study and Employment.
All four skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) will be assessed at the end of year 11. There is no coursework, rather the course is all assessed by exams. Students can be entered for either Foundation (grades 1-5) or Higher tier (grades 4-9), but must complete the same tier for all four skills. All exams will make reference to the countries where Spanish is spoken. Exams will use authentic materials e.g. adverts, poems, literary texts, emails and text messages.
Unit 1: Listening (25%) takes place in the May/ June exam period in year 11
Unit 2: Speaking (25%) takes place at school between April & May in year 11
Unit 3: Reading (25%) takes place in the May/ June exam period in year 11
Unit 4: Writing (25%) takes place in the May/ June exam period in year 11
In Year 10 and 11 students study the use of verbs and grammatical structures in the following contexts –
Exam title: GCSE Spanish
Exam board: AQA
The Barcelona trip is open to Year 8, 9 and 10. It is a 7 day trip visiting tourist sites, historical sites and attractions. It is a great opportunity for the students to experience Spanish culture and to practice their Spanish with native speakers. And have course, have fun! The week consists of trips to The Barcelona Football Stadium – Camp Nou and the world famous, ‘still in construction’, cathedral designed by Gaudí over 100 years ago - La Sagrada Familia. The students get the chance to visit inside both of these amazing attractions. We also visit Poble Espanyol, an open-air museum show casing many different areas of Spain and their traditions in one place. Here the students will get the chance to try some authentic Spanish cuisine. Finally, we also visit a waterpark and a theme park with swimming pool, slides, animal shows, rollercoasters and the chance to have a photo taken with dolphins! We usually stay near the beach so spend the evenings playing some games and relaxing there too. It’s a great opportunity and an exciting trip for everyone involved.
Our next trip will be arranged Post Covid
For the last three years Spanglovision has been an integral part of our European Day of Languages celebrations. All year 7 forms are given a song to learn in Spanish which they practice in their Spanish lessons and during form time. A music video is then recorded of them and their form tutor performing their song (with props and dance routines if they want!). The videos are then shown to the whole school in assemblies in the run up to European Day of Languages. Everyone casts their vote for their favourite performance. The winner is announced in Year 7 assembly and the winning group get a trophy and prizes for the whole form.