Modern Foreign Languages

Key Stage 3 - Spanish

Students in Year 7 and Year 8 have have two lessons of Spanish per week. Students in Year 9 have 3 lessons in a fortnight.  They study the topics and grammar points listed below. Students have opportunities to practise the core language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

They also work on their language development skills – learning and recalling vocabulary / understanding and applying grammar rules, transcription, translation (from and into Spanish.)

Students are encouraged to be spontaneous and independent in their use of Spanish and to speak as much Spanish as possible in lessons.

There are plenty of opportunities for engaging with authentic cultural material from Spanish speaking countries.

Students also have the chance to take part in celebrations for the European Day of Languages in September each year, as well as other extra-curricular activities.

Year 7

Myself and my family (Term 1)

Main Grammar Points

  • Nouns
  • Articles
  • Alphabet
  • Numbers
  • Dates
  • Present tense of key irregular verbs (Tener/ser)

School (Term 2)

Main Grammar Points

  • Opinions
  • Connectives
  • Adjectives/Agreements

Hobbies (Term 3)

Main Grammar Points

  • Opinions & Infinitives
  • Frequency phrases
  • Presnet tense of regular verbs
  • More irregular verbs (ir/hacer/jugar)
  • Negatives

Year 8

Food & Drink/Healthy Lifestyles (Term 1)

  • Use of the Infinitive
  • Use of pronouns
  • Expression of quantity
  • Introduction of future tense.

Holidays (Term 2)

  • Revision of present and future tenses.
  • Past tense all forms.

Technology and the media (Term 3)

  • Comparatives/Superlatives
  • Revision of past/present and future tenses
  • Introduction of imperfect and conditional tenses.

Year 9

In year 9, students take a more in depth approach to grammar and recall and consolidate the vocabulary and structures, introduced in Years 7 & 8.  There is a focus on spontaneous talk and the skills of translation and extended writing.

Myworld  (Term 1)

·       Revision of impersonal verbs

·       Prepositions

·       Revision of comparisons

The world of work (Term 2)

·       Revision of nouns / articles

·       Adjectives

·       Comparisons

·       Future and conditional tenses

Celebrity Culture and Influence(Term 3)

·     Present perfect (to describe what someone has done)

Key Stage 4 - Spanish

Course title and type of qualification: Spanish GCSE

What will I learn?

The topics covered in GCSE Spanish are as follows:

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 interests.

  • Home town, neighbourhood and region
  • Social issues
  • Global issues
  • Travel and tourism

Theme 3: Current and future studies and employment

  • My studies
  • Life at school
  • Education Post-16
  • Jobs, career choices and ambitions

You will gain a wide range of vocabulary and structures. You will be able to understand and discuss issues and opinions, and give full descriptions and accounts.  Students will develop skills such as translation, responding to spoken and written language, role play, spontaneous speaking and essay writing.

How will I be assessed?

There are four final exams at the end of the course and the grades used will be 9 (highest) to 1 (lowest).  

  • Unit 1:  Listening 25% of the marks.
  • Unit 2:  Reading 25% of the marks.
  • Unit 3:  Speaking 25% of the marks.
  • Unit 4:  Writing 25% of the marks.

Students can be entered either for either Foundation level (Grades 1-5) or Higher level (Grades 4-9.)

What could I move onto?

With over 330 million native speakers (and 500 million speakers in total,) Spanish is the third most spoken language in the world today.  Studying a language at GCSE is not just an academic subject, it is a skill for life.  Languages are an incredible asset in the world of Business, Law and Tourism. They will give you excellent career options in today’s international market. Knowledge of another language makes you more employable and stands out in a job application.  The best universities require applicants to have a good grade in a language GCSE.  Britain is currently desperately short of linguists so a GCSE language will make you stand out from the crowd.  With languages, the world is your oyster!

Examination Board: AQA