AIMS & OBJECTIVES
We aim to provide a fun, interesting and stimulating environment for all pupils in Spanish. The study of the language begins in Year 7 and is compulsory until Year 9, becoming an option subject in Years 10 and 11.
Spanish is fast becoming one of the most influential languages worldwide. It is spoken not only in mainland Spain and its islands but also in many of the South American countries. It also holds an important place in the North American business and cultural arenas. The ability to speak Spanish is a big advantage and opens up a wide variety of international career and business opportunities.
Key Stage 3
Year 7: Course followed: Mira 1
Topics covered in Year 7 are personal information, school, family and friends, my home, town and country and local area. Pupils begin to build up knowledge and the ability to communicate with Spanish-speaking person by giving simple details. At the end of each module pupils will be tested on the work covered by doing speaking, listening, reading and writing tests. By the end of Year 7 most pupils will have attained a National Curriculum level 3 or 4.
Year 8: Course followed: Mira 1/2
Topics covered in Year 8 include daily routine, after school activities, helping around the house and free time activities. Pupils will be able to conjugate and use verbs in the present and future tense, including regular and irregular verbs and give opinions and justifications of opinions as appropriate. At the end of each module pupils will be tested on the work covered by doing speaking, listening, reading and writing tests. By the end of Year 8 most pupils should have attained a National Curriculum level 5 or 6.
Year 9: Course followed: Mira 2
Topics followed in Year 9 include healthy lifestyles, shopping, tourism and media as well as consolidating and reinforcing topics previously studied. Pupils continue to be tested at the end of each module. Year 9 work includes revision of earlier topics as well as the introduction of a higher level of language (grammar and tenses) in readiness for GCSE work. By the end of Year 9 most pupils should have attained a National Curriculum level 6 or 7.
Key Stage 4
Course followed: Heinemann AQA GCSE Spanish Mira, (higher textbook)
For GCSE (Years 10 and 11) the new AQA syllabus is followed. The main use of the course is to use Spanish as a means of practical communication. A competent, accurate use of grammar will also be important. Four main skills are developed; understanding the written and spoken language and developing written and spoken communication. The listening and reading papers count for 20% each of the final marks. Speaking and writing play a more important role with each unit counting for 30% of the final marks. In the new GCSE the oral test consists of 2 controlled assessment tasks, marked by the teacher and moderated by the exam board. Two written tasks will be completed under controlled conditions and will be marked externally.
The four contexts at GCSE level are:
- Work and Education
- Home and environment
OUT OF THE CLASSROOM
Trips to Spain are organised on a bi-annual basis during the Easter break. Extra speaking test practice is available during break times and after school.