Head of Department: Alina Fantana
Key Stage 3
In Key Stage 3, all students study Spanish for two lessons a week. Years 7, 8 and 9 also complete six modules in the three academics terms during the year (One module per half term)
During the first term of Year students will learn the first two modules that contain introductions, and meetings. They will be able to understand and talk about their personal information regarding their age, birthday and describe what they have and/o need in their school bags. Progressively they will use more verbs in the first, second and third persons in present tense. They will end the first term knowing how to express their likes and dislikes and justify their opinions when they talk about their school lives and homes in the second and third terms. The immediate future tense will be introduced by the end of the year.
In Year 8, students will start with the use of the future tense before moving to a new verb tense (past tense). The focus is to make students to differentiate events using the correct time expressions for present, past and future tenses and by the end of year students will use two of the three tenses comfortably. Topics involved clothing, Food and daily routine. Adverbs of frequency are will be used as well to narrate events following a logical sequence.
Year 9’s will revise the topics learned in previous years in a more complex context which involves new vocabulary, longer texts to read, write, listen and speak. The new topics added are the environment and health. Students build up their language skills using the present, past and future events. They also manipulate more accurately the agreement between gender and numbers regarding and nouns and adjectives that the language requires.
Key Stage 4 Spanish
During the GCSE Spanish course students will learn to speak, listen, read, write and communicate effectively in Spanish, as well as develop awareness and understanding of countries and communities where Spanish is spoken.Students will take two speaking and two writing tests on top of the listening and reading exams based on the following topics:
- Work Experience
1 Controlled Assessment
- Speaking (30%) 4-6 minutes conversation (2 assessments)
- Writing (30%) minimum 200 words from memory (2 assessments)
2 Summer Exam in Year 11
- Listening (20%) 30 or 40 minutes (Foundation /Higher)
- Reading (20%) 35 or 50 minutes (Foundation /Higher)
Grow, Learn, Believe and Achieve
Further Education and Careers
Studying GCSE Spanish enables you to study A-level Spanish helping students to develop confidence, effective communication skills in Spanish and a thorough understanding of the culture of countries and communities where Spanish is spoken. It develops an interest in, and enthusiasm for, language learning and encourages students to consider their study of the language in a broader context.
Students are required to develop their ability to write and speak in Spanish with accurate grammar and syntax for a range of purposes and to understand written or spoken Spanish in a variety of contexts and genres.
This course is particularly suitable for students who have studied GCSE Spanish and wish to study Spanish at a higher level.