Spanish

Vision / Intent:

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.

The Department:

The Department has 2 language classrooms.

Mrs A. Fowden - Head of Modern Foreign Languages

Mrs A. Du - Mandarin teacher

Two Hanban teachers

The Curriculum:

KS3

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. The 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.

KS3 Topic Overview and Assessment

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
My Life My Holidays Things You Like
My Free-time All About Me Jobs
My School Food Health Lifestyle
My Family and Friends Arranging to Go Out Social and Global Issues
My Town My Summer Plans An Adventure in Madrid

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.

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.

KS4 Topic Overview and Assessment

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

KS4 Topics:

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

Opportunities:

The development of language skills and understanding of the structure of language lay the foundations for future study of other languages.  Foreign language skills are increasingly valued in the world of work and are highly regarded by higher education institutions. GCSEs in MFL are usually followed by AS and A level courses although more sixth forms and colleges are now also offering the International Baccalaureate.

 A Modern Foreign Language also opens up possibilities of joint-honours degrees in, for example, International Law and French or International Relations with Spanish. Equally, a language can be combined with History, Music, Science, English and many other subjects. 

Enrichment

In school we offer both a KS3 and KS4 lunchtime club for Spanish. 

Assessment & Key Performance Indicators 

Assessment:

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.

Assessment at Key Stage 4: 

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

How do staff and students within the department use KPIs?

Once students have completed assessments in Term 2, 4 and 6 we assess the student’s progress against their individual KPIs which are kept in the back of their exercise books.  KPIs are also referred to at the start of lessons in relation to the WALT and WILF.

Where are the KPIs located?

Student’s KPIs are found in the back of their exercise books (Spanish/French) and folders (Mandarin). There are enlarged copies displayed at the back of the classroom.

Where will assessed work be found?

Assessed pieces of work will be found in their exercise books or folders. 

How often will students complete an assessed piece of work?

Termly. 

What measures does the department complete to ensure the assessment outcomes are accurate?

As a part of whole school CPD we take part in the termly Moderation Monday process which allows us to share good practise and jointly moderate allowing for us to practice the moderation process. External validation took place with the MFL HOD of CWS last year and we attempt to moderate together when possible. The SL and Mandarin teacher have both attended exam board training based on the new specification in Spanish and Mandarin. All staff are aware of the flight paths for their subjects. 

Any department specific information regarding assessment.

Spanish and Mandarin grades are now following grades 1-9 in all year groups. 

Key Point Indicators: