By studying a modern foreign language pupils learn to appreciate different countries, cultures, communities and people. The ability to understand and communicate in another language is a lifelong skill which will equip pupils for further education and employment opportunities, as well as their own personal enjoyment through travel and leisure.
In Year 7, 8 and 9 all pupils learn Spanish. (two lessons per week in Year 7 and 8, three lessons a week in Year 9).
Through a themed approach they will learn
• To describe themselves, their families, their homes and towns
• To describe their school and give opinions
• To give information about their free-time activities
• To describe their holidays
• To order food and drink
• To describe what they wear and be able to buy items in shops
Grammar will be taught explicitly and pupils will be able to express
themselves in the past, present and future tenses. A variety of methods and
resources will be used to enable pupils to develop their skills in reading,
writing, listening and speaking.
Pupils will be encouraged to use ICT and various software programmes
All pupils will be given 2 pieces of Spanish homework per week.
This should be for 20 minutes in Year 7 and 8 and 30 minutes in Year 9.
We are sometimes able to offer the opportunity to participate in a Spanish Exchange or trip
Examination board: Edexcel Spanish 1246
Many universities now require students to have GCSE in a modern foreign
language. GCSE Spanish is offered to pupils in KS4.
The GCSE specification for Spanish is divided into 5 main topic areas –
1. Out and about
2. Customer Service and transactions
3. Personal information
4. Future plans, education, work
Listening – 20% – final exam
Reading – 20% – final exam
Writing – 30% – coursework
Speaking – 30% coursework
Pupils will be given homework twice a week. The format of the homework will vary considerably but will include reading comprehensions, guided writing
tasks, vocabulary learning, preparation for speaking assignments and independent study of grammar using ICT.
For further information please contact Mrs J. McDermott, Head of Modern Foreign Languages Department