We look to encourage a real interest in the Spanish language and, equally important, the culture of Spanish itself. We hope that our students will be enthused about our European heritage not just in Spain but in other countries as well. Through language teaching, we support and practise many aspects of literacy which can in turn help our students to improve in many other areas of the curriculum. Learning a language will help students develop a deeper awareness, tolerance and understanding of the culture and customs of people from other nations.
Please note: No Spanish is taught at Year 7, but only at Year 8 and 9. Please view the course content for these years below.
The majority of students learn Spanish in year 8, while continuing with French. Students will cover vocabulary to enable them to talk about and describe themselves, their family and their pets. Students also learn how to ask for food in restaurant and market situations, which will be useful when visiting Spain for holidays. We aim to give students an insight into the country and culture of Spain and learn through games and music.
Students continue to learn Spanish into year 9. Several different topics are covered such as holidays and freetime. Students are introduced to the tenses and more complex language, building on the vocabulary they have learned in year 8.
Students will do a baseline near the start of year 8 and then will be given several assessments throughout the year as topics are covered. Students will be tested on the different skill areas: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Results are recorded in their exercise books. Group and individual target-setting is done as a matter of routine.
Homework will be set when it is relevant to the work that is being completed. Students will often have to revise for assessment and mini vocabulary tests. They are encouraged to use MFL websites in their own time, especially ‘Linguascope’, for which we pay an annual subscription. Other useful websites can be found by searching for ‘key stage 3 Spanish’ followed by the topic being studied at the time.
We set according to ability in years 8 and 9. Lessons are challenging for students whatever their ability and opportunities are given to extend and deepen their language skills. Support material is provided to those students who need it and extension activities and vocabulary is given to those students who need to be challenged. Targeted groups receive support from teaching assistants within lessons.
Student leadership is an integral part of the curriculum. Students are expected to participate orally in the lessons and complete speaking, writing and listening assignments. They are encouraged to work independently as well as to informally support and mentor their peers. Students often peer assess and give each other constructive feedback when doing activities in the classroom.