Spanish

Head of Department:

Mrs A Fowden

Subject Overview:

Key Stage 3 

Key Stage 3 Overview:

The Key Stage 3 curriculum builds on the foundations of language learning laid at Key Stage 2, whether pupils continue with the same language or take up a new one. When learning Spanish we focus on developing the breadth and depth of pupils’ competence in listening, reading, speaking and writing. It allows students to understand and communicate personal and factual information that goes beyond their immediate needs and interests, developing and justifying points of view in speech and writing, with increased spontaneity, independence and accuracy.

Year 7:

In Year 7, once students have made their language choice, students will cover a number of topics such as school, family and friends, home life and free time. The Year 7 curriculum builds confidence through a range of activities and revisiting language and grammatical structures regularly. 

Year 8:

In Year 8, students will continue to study their languages chosen in Year 7. The Year 8 curriculum covers a number of topics such as my life, free time activities, holidays, food, fashion and health through a range of activities including group work, role-play, ICT and project work.

Year 9:

The Year 9 curriculum develops listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and includes a focus on skills such as translation, understanding authentic and literary texts and spontaneous speaking. Language and grammar are introduced and recycled throughout in a ‘building blocks’ approach to help students use language independently across a range of contexts.

Assessment at Key Stage 3:

End of term assessments are carried out at the end of each term practising all 4 key skills reading, writing listening and speaking and end of year assessments take place at the end of each year.

Key Stage 4 

Key Stage 4 Overview:

The GCSE course enables students 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.

Years 10 and 11:

The Key Stage 4 curriculum develops listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and includes a focus on skills such as translation, understanding authentic and literary texts and spontaneous speaking. Language and grammar are introduced and recycled throughout in a ‘building blocks’ approach to help students use language independently across a range of contexts. Three distinct themes are covered: Identity and culture; Local, national, international and global areas of interest; Current and future study and employment.

Assessment at Key Stage 4:

Exam board: AQA

Paper 1:

Listening. Written exam. 25% of GCSE. Students will be assessed on understanding and responding to different types of spoken language.

• Section A – questions in English

 • Section B – questions in Spanish.

Paper 2:

Speaking. Non-exam assessment. 25% of GCSE. Students will be assessed on communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes.

• Role-play

• Photo card

• General conversation.

Paper 3:

Reading. Written exam. 25% of GCSE. Students will be assessed on understanding and responding to different types of written language.

• Section A – questions in English

• Section B – questions in Spanish

• Section C – translation from Spanish into English.

Paper 4:

Writing. Written exam. 25% of GCSE. Students will be assessed on communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes.

• Question 1 – message

• Question 2 – short passage

• Question 3 – translation from English into Spanish • Question 4 – structured writing.

Higher Tier

• Question 1 – structured writing

• Question 2 – open-ended writing task

• Question 3 – translation from English into Spanish