The course we use in Year 7 caters for beginners in the language as well as for a wide range of ability, so there is no need to worry if your son or daughter has never studied Spanish before.
By the end of the school year pupils will have studied a variety of topics including:
- themselves and their family
- home life
- their town
- free time activities.
They will have also started to learn some basic grammar. In addition to developing speaking and writing proficiency in Spanish, pupils will develop their understanding of the spoken and written word through reading tasks and listening exercises using recordings of native speakers.
Pupils will practise the four key language-learning skills through a variety of methods including interactive games, video and ICT, as well as more traditional textbook-based activities. There will be an opportunity to study some short stories and/or conduct some individual research on a cultural topic of their choice.
Pupils will continue to develop the four key language learning skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in Spanish.
Pupils are set according to ability in the subject and this is reviewed at the end of each academic year, following regular assessments in the four skills. The course is differentiated, and pupils will follow the level of course which is most suited to their abilities. Topics studied in Year 8 include:
- food and meal times
- social activities
There will be an opportunity to study a short cultural topic based on El libro de la vida.
This is a very important year for all pupils as they reach the end of Key Stage 3. They will continue to extend their knowledge and understanding of Spanish, using the methods already described, and aim to achieve a FCSE qualification (Foundation Certificate in Secondary Education). Pupils will focus on the topic areas of:
- healthy living.
They will gain a sound foundation of skills, vocabulary and grammar to enable them to embark with confidence on the Key Stage 4 course to GCSE.
There will be an opportunity to research a cultural topic of their choice and/or extend their grammatical understanding via some intensive grammar revision in preparation for GCSE towards the end of the year.
Homework plays an important part throughout Years 7 to 9. There will be vocabulary to learn on a regular basis; we encourage parents to help with this whenever possible. Other homework is typically a reading comprehension activity or a writing task but sometimes there will be a research or ICT activity to do.
Pupils’ work will be assessed using a combination of levels similar to the former National Curriculum and an internal mark scheme which will be explained to the pupils at the start of the year.
Key Stage 4
A qualification in a modern foreign language makes an important contribution to the broad and balanced education which young people of today are expected to have on leaving school and is, in addition, highly valued by employers and universities.
In Spanish we follow the AQA specification. Throughout the course pupils develop their linguistic competence in the four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Theme 1: Identity and Culture - me, my family and friends, technology in everyday life, free-time activities, customs and festivals in Spanish-speaking countries/communities
Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest - home, town, neighbourhood and region, social issues, global issues, travel and tourism
Theme 3: Current and future study and employment - my studies, life at school/college, education post-16, jobs, career choices and ambitions
Benefits to Pupils
- Clear, accessible assessments which discriminate effectively.
- Enables pupils of all abilities to develop their Spanish language skills to their full potential, equipping them with the knowledge to communicate in a variety of contexts with confidence.
- Expands pupils’ cultural knowledge whilst developing their language skills.
Scheme of Assessment
Part 1: Listening – 25%
Either Foundation Tier: 35 minutes or Higher Tier: 45 minutes
Part 2: Speaking – 25%
Foundation Tier: 7-9 minutes or Higher Tier: 10-12 minutes
Part 3: Reading – 25%
Foundation Tier: 45 minutes or Higher Tier: 1 hour
Part 4: Writing – 25%
Foundation Tier: 1 hour or Higher Tier: 1 hour 15 minutes
Entry tier must be the same across all four skills.