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Hola! Spanish is an important part of our successful MFL Faculty at the Academy. In Spanish lessons, you will be able to develop your knowledge; not only from a linguistic point of view, but you will also have opportunities to develop your cultural knowledge of Spain and other Spanish speaking countries.

Studying Spanish at GCSE will also enable you to achieve the English Baccalaureate award (EBacc).

In the Spanish department, we are eager to develop a love for language learning and we aim to put learning in the classroom into practise in authentic situations. We run lots of language projects and trips to encourage a positive ethos.

The academy offers Spanish from beginner to A Level. We have subscribed to ActiveLearn so that students studying GCSE in Years 9-11 can use online resources both in the academy and at home to develop their language skills using Viva for Spanish.

We encourage the use of technology to improve language learning and ensure home learning is also fun. We make use of a variety of web based programmes, which are jam-packed with games and activities to help learners at every level to succeed in language learning.

PACE - Years 7 & 8

What will I study?
Year 7 – Mira 1

Module 1
Introducing yourself, Numbers, Birthdays and ages, Learning about Spanish speaking countries and talking about what you have in your pencil case and your classroom.

Module 2
School subjects, likes and dislikes, describing teachers and food and drink.

Module 3
Family, animals, describing character and appearance and being able to give a detail description of yourself.

Module 4
Home town, your home, activities that you do and daily routine.

Module 5
Free time activities, sports, telling the time and being able to use the future tense.

Module 6
Describing your town, invitations and weather.

Year 8 – Mira 2

Module 1
Expressing opinions, describing your friends, talking about places and activities in your town.

Module 2
Tv and cinema, invitations and making excuses, explaining problems.

Module 3
Holidays and activities on holiday, describing a fantastic holiday and learning more about Spanish speaking countries.

Module 4
Food and mealtimes, shopping in the market, eating in a restaurant and being able to use the preterite tense.

Module 5
Clothes, school uniform and being able to have conversations in shops in Spain.

Module 6
Parts of the body, explaining symptoms and illnesses and talking about healthy lifestyles.

How will I be assessed?

There will be an assessment at the completion of each module of work (generally once per half term). Assessments will cover the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Key Stage 4 – Years 9, 10 & 11 

What will I study?

Year 9 focuses on topics such as family and relationships, where you live, school, free-time activities and customs and festivals for Spanish-speaking countries. You will also study key grammar topics such as tenses, connectives and word order.

Year 10 focuses on topics including school, pressures at school, holidays, education post 16, healthy living, marriage and technology in everyday life. You will also learn to use advanced grammar structures to improve your writing and speaking style.

In Year 11, you will learn about environmental issues as well as social issues like homelessness and voluntary work. You will also study career choices and ambitions. Grammar teaching will cover more complex concepts to impress the GCSE examiners. There will also be time for revision and examination practice.

What skills will I develop?

Over the three years, you will develop your reading, listening, speaking and writing skills. You will also be encouraged to improve your own work to match the requirements of the GCSE. It will be important that you can understand, express and explain a range of opinions and that you can use a range of tenses to write and talk about the different topic areas.

You will also develop other skills such as;

  • Communicating more effectively with others
  • Enhanced social skills
  • Self-confidence
  • Literacy skills in Spanish and English improve greatly as we cover grammar points
  • Making new contacts and building relationships
  • Becoming more open-minded towards other cultures
  • Helping you if you want to learn other languages like Italian or Spanish
  • Giving you an advantage over others in the job market
How will I be assessed?

This subject is 100% end-of-course exam. Students are entered in the four skills at either Foundation Tier or Higher Tier. There will be regular practice assessments in all 4 skills – Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing and these will follow the format of the actual GCSE exams. They will take place in the lead-up to tracking but also as additional practice and homework tasks.

Paper 1: Listening 25%  Foundation Tier - 35 minutes           Higher Tier - 45 minutes

Paper 2: Speaking 25%  Foundation Tier - 7-9 minutes          Higher Tier - 10-12 minutes
                (comprises a role-play, a photo card and general conversation)

Paper 3: Reading   25%  Foundation Tier - 45 minutes           Higher Tier - 60 minutes
                (includes Spanish-English translation)

Paper 4: Writing    25%  Foundation Tier - 1 hour                Higher Tier - 1 hour 15 minutes
                (includes English-Spanish translation)

Key Stage 5

What will I study?

At Sixth Form, students are introduced to stimulating and thought provoking topics which are appropriate for young adults in a modern society.

AS and A2 Spanish are taught using a wide variety of media and teaching resources by highly trained Spanish specialists who have a passion for their subject. 

AS Spanish topics include:

  • Advances in technology and their effects on society.
  • The lives of young people, including free time activities.
  • Sport and Health.
  • Tourism.
  • Friendships, Relationships & Family.
  • Education, College, University life.

A2 Spanish topics include:

  • Environmental pollution & protection.
  • Immigration.
  • Riches & Poverty
  • Crime & Punishment
  • Technology of the future, genetic engineering.
  • Germany today.
  • Politics & Global Problems.

A2 students also study a choice of film or a book, which offers a fascinating insight into Spanish  history, including the Spanish civil war and life under the dictator Francisco Franco.

What skills will I develop?

You will develop further the skills that you learned through Key Stages 3 and 4. However, you will also learn how to work more independently, researching particular aspects of the course and using your initiative. You will be required to manage your time and workload effectively and keep up-to-date with current affairs and news about Spain and Spanish society. You will further develop and utilise your skills in translation and your knowledge and command of grammar whilst also improving your essay-writing skills in the foreign language.

How will I be assessed?

There are three parts to the A Level exam which will be undertaken at the end of the two-year course:-

Component 1: Speaking - 30%.
Assessment conducted by a visiting examiner - 21 - 23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation)
Task 1
- Presentation and discussion of independent research project
Task 2 - Discussion based on a stimulus card relating to one of the themes studied

Component 2: Listening, Reading and Translation - 50%.
Exam 2 hours 30 minutes. Section A: Listening, Section B: Reading, Section C: Translation from Spanish into English and English into Spanish.

Component 3: Critical and analytical response in writing (closed-book) - 20%.
An exam (2 hours) of two essays of approximately 300 words on each of 2 works studied. One is based on a literary work and the second is based on an additional literary work or film from a prescribed list.

For more information, please contact Miss L Quick