Spanish

The Modern Foreign Language (MFL) rooms are brand new and fully equipped for innovative classroom work; with each room having an interactive whiteboard, projection and ICT facilities, allowing teachers to provide a full multimedia experience for students.

Spanish provision has been extended across the MFL curriculum. Staff able to teach Spanish include:

Mrs L Bennett
Mrs R Dain
Mrs H Millar-Facey
Mrs R Wales
Ms O Flower

Key Stage 3

Modern foreign languages are an important part of the KS3 curriculum because not only do they develop key employment skills such as communication, problem solving and attention to detail, they also contribute to other important skills such as working with others, improving own learning, plus numeracy and literacy across the curriculum.  Studying a foreign language therefore specifically supports English by teaching things such as grammar and sentence construction and covers the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

All students study a modern foreign language at KS3. Most students study two languages in Years 7 to 9 and students will normally have three lessons per fortnight for each language. This academic year, students in Years 8 and 9 will follow the same curriculum topics because they began learning Spanish at the same time and need to cover the same structures to enable successful learning at KS4.

Course content for KS3 Spanish includes:

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Myself
Freetime
School
Family and Friends
Town
Cultural Project and Review

Holidays
Media and Freetime
Food and Drink
Going Out
Holidays
Cultural Project and Review

Opinions / Teenage Life
Work/Jobs
In Shape
Teenagers and the Environment
A trip to Madrid
Cultural Project and Review

Year 7 Assessment without Levels infomation
Year 8 Assessment without Levels infomation
Year 9 Assessment without Levels infomation

Key Stage 4

All students are given the opportunity to study a modern foreign language at KS4. Spanish is offered as part of this provision and can count as part of the English Baccalaureate qualification. GCSE Spanish is currently being delivered in Years 10 and 11. The KS4 GCSE Spanish qualification follows the AQA examination board specification for this academic year. Students are able to sit foundation or higher tier examinations in this subject.

Course content for GCSE Spanish includes the following topics:

  • health
  • relationships and choices
  • free time and the media
  • holidays
  • home and local area
  • environment
  • school, college and future plans
  • jobs and employment

Assessment

Students are assessed in the four key skill areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Speaking and writing are submitted in the form of controlled assessments which make up 60% of the final mark and are a compulsory part of their French GCSE course at KS4. The two remaining skills, listening and reading, worth 40% of the final grade, will be assessed separately at the end of Year 11 as a final examination.

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Key Stage 5

Students who complete their Spanish GCSE to a grade B or above are advised that they should consider studying Spanish at A Level. The KS5 A level Spanish qualification follows the AQA examination board specification for this academic year.

Course content for AS/A2 Level Spanish (Years 12/13) includes the following topics:

  • media
  • popular culture
  • healthy living/lifestyle
  • family/relationship
  • environment
  • the multicultural society
  • contemporary social issues
  • cultural topics

Assessment

Year 12 – AS Level

Students will be expected to take a speaking examination, which will be recorded by the teacher and sent off to the examination board plus a final examination covering the other three skills of listening, reading and writing. The speaking examination is worth 30% of the total AS examination in Year 12 and contributes 15% towards the full A Level at the end of Year 13. The understanding and written response examination is worth 70% of the total AS examination in Year 12 and contributes 35% towards the full A Level at the end of Year 13.

Year 13 – A2 Level

Students will be expected to take a speaking examination, which will be recorded by the teacher and sent off to the examination board and a final written paper covering the skills of listening, reading and writing. The speaking examination is worth 15% of the full A Level at the end of Year 13. The listening, reading and writing examination is worth 35% of the full A Level at the end of Year 13.

MFL Controlled Assessment Checklist for Parents

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