Curriculum Leader: Mrs A O'Toole
We teach Spanish through KS3 from year 7 to year 9. Spanish is a global language which leads to wide job opportunities. Spanish culture is on the rise and we embrace music, film and literature in our classes.
Within our team we have a native Spanish speaker and the rest of the team teach up to KS4. We have a clear understanding of the KS5 courses students may wish to follow in the future so ensure our students are well prepared by the time they leave us!
At KS4 students can choose whether they wish to continue Spanish as an open option or EBACC subject.
Lessons focus on practical topics for visits to Spain, such as ordering a meal, going to the doctor, meeting and greeting, with a strong emphasis on reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Pupils use phonic to help with spelling and pronunciation. We also focus on introducing the topics that will be covered in their GCSE class - friends and family, technology, freetime, festivals, holidays, lifestyle, jobs and school. We introduce grammar themes and build on the patterns they learn. All students have access to the course on line so can recap topics and vocabulary covered in class.
Our aim is for students to develop the confidence to talk about themselves and their interests in Spanish as they move into KS4.
The team strongly recommends that students study a language at GCSE, due to the introduction of the Ebacc. This will also help with their university application and widen their career opportunities. Students prepare for the AQA GCSE syllabus which assesses four skills; reading, writing, speaking and listening. The students continue to have access to an inter active book allowing them to work at their own pace and providing stretch and challenge for our most able linguists. The course continues to embrace Spanish culture and explore the culture of other Spanish speaking countries especially literature and festivals. We encourage the students to listen to music, watch films and TV programmes and clips alongside their formal studies. On leaving us they will have developed the confidence to communicate in Spanish and an understanding of Spanish life and culture.
Our students take part in the European Day of Languages and enjoy speaking in a variety of European languages with staff and students across the school. Whenever the opportunity arises we send students to local primary schools to help with language days. We have run trips to Barcelona and hope to restart these when travel becomes more flexible again.