Spanish is one of the official languages of the European Union and the United Nations, and is spoken as the first language in 21 countries. With 400 million speakers, it is the third most spoken language in the world after English and Mandarin. In our department we raise awareness of the importance of language and language learning, both in the classroom and on trips to Spain, and our highly experienced and qualified staff employ a range of teaching strategies which combine the best of new ideas with excellent practice.

Key Stage 3
In Key Stage 3 pupils follow the programs of study set out by the national curriculum.  We use a range of teaching resources including the “Mira” text books. Topics are taught through the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Pupils are encouraged to participate actively in lessons. We incorporate fun activities to support learning into the lessons, such as singing Spanish songs, playing language games, using mini whiteboards, watching Spanish videos on YouTube and spending time practising speaking in the language lab. We encourage pupils to use ICT in Spanish and we subscribe to various language learning websites that pupils can access both at home and at school for vocabulary learning and practice.
Year 7 Topics



-Describing yourself




Year 8 Topics


-Free Time

-Describing your town

-Describing yourself and others

-Daily Routines

Year 9 Topics

-Holidays cont

-Shopping for food

-Eating in Restaurants

-Shopping for clothes

-Describing a town cont


Key Stage 4
Students who opt to study Spanish at GCSE will follow the AQA syllabus. The course builds upon the skills developed at Key Stage 3 and further develops fluency and depth on the following topics:

1. Identity and culture

2. Local, national, international and global areas of interest

3. Current and future study and employment

Students are assessed on 4 skills, and can be entered either at foundation or higher level:

Tier: Foundation Higher
Paper 1 - Listening - 25% 35 minutes 45 minutes Students answer a variety of questions on extracts recorded by native Spanish speakers.
Paper 2 - Speaking - 25% 7-9 minutes 10-12 minutes Students will have to take part in a role play, describe a photo and have a general conversation on the topics studied.
Paper 3 - Reading - 25% 45 minutes 1 hour Students will have to answer a range of questions on Spanish texts. There will also be a translation from Spanish to English.
Paper 4 - Writing -25% 1 hour 1 hour 15 Students will have to write a short structured task in Spanish and, if entered for higher tier, an open ended task. There will also be a translation from English to Spanish.

Exam Board:  AQA -  Specification code: 8698, QAN code: 601/8160/6

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Key Stage 5
Students who opt to study A Level Spanish will follow the AQA syllabus. The course build upon the four skills developed at GCSE and covers a wide range of topics including:

1. Aspects of Hispanic society: current trends

- Modern and Traditional Values

- Cyberspace

- Equal Rights

2. Multiculturalism in Hispanic Society
       - Immigration

       - Racism
       - Integration

3. Artistic culture in the Hispanic world

- Modern Day Idols

- Spanish Regional Identity

- Cultural Heritage

4. Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world
       - Today’s youth, tomorrow’s citizens
       - Monarchies and Dictatorships
       - Popular Movements

Students will also study a film, currently El Laberinto del Fauna, by Pedro Almodóvar, and a novel, currently Como Agua para Chocolate by Laura Esquivel.

In Year 13 students will complete an independent research project on a topic of their choice.

Students are assessed in 4 areas:

Paper 1 50% 2h30 minutes Listening, reading and translations
Paper 2 20% 2 hours Two essays on each of the works studied
paper 3 30% 21-23 minutes Discussion on one of the themes studied and presentation of the individual research project.

Exam Board: AQA - Specification 7692

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For further information about the Spanish curriculum please contact:

Mrs L Craven

Head of Spanish Department

For further information about the Spanish curriculum please contact:

Mrs L Craven
Head of Spanish Department