Curriculum

Spanish

Why study Spanish?

  • People who speak a foreign language earn 20% more on average than those who don’t!
  • Tourism, ICT, Marketing, Banking, Business and Engineering are just a few areas where you can use your language skills.
  • You may gain a clear advantage when applying to university for any kind of course.

What will I learn about?

  • Language skills that will enable you to cope in a Spanish-speaking country on your own.
  • Skills enabling you to cope in everyday situations.
  • A number of topics including: family and friends; technology; free time, holidays and school

 

Key Areas

  • A mixture of listening, speaking, reading and writing activities linked to various topics
  • Information about life in Spain
  • You will sometimes work in pairs or groups and also independently. There will be a number of opportunities to go on trips throughout the year to use the skills you develop in.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment at GCSE is all by final examination. You will be assessed on the four language skills:

  • Listening – 25%
  • Speaking – 25%
  • Reading – 25%
  • Writing – 25%

What do employers think about the subject?

  • Spanish is in the top three most desired additional languages by employers
  • Job prospects open, not just in the UK but worldwide

What are the skills I will gain?

To achieve in GCSE Spanish you will need:

  • Previous knowledge of Spanish
  • An interest in developing your own communication skills to be able to understand and speak with others confidently
  • An enthusiastic approach to trying out new language skills
  • An ability to listen and read for detail
  • An ability and eagerness to learn new vocabulary and structures
  • A desire to learn about life in Spain
  • A small dictionary for homework
  • Willingness to work hard

Year -by-Year Subject Breakdown

In Year 7 your child will study:

In Year 7 your child will learn how to do the following in Spanish:

– Identify and describe themselves and others
– Express an opinion and viewpoint
– Describe places and objects
– Communicate confidently and more fluently in a range of authentic Spanish contexts

Your child’s progress will be assessed using regular vocabulary class quizzes and tests along with summative assessments at the end of each term, which will test everything they have learnt to that point throughout Year 7.

In Year 8 your child will study:

In Year 8 your child will learn how to do the following in Spanish:

– Describe their normal routine and lifestyle
– Make plans for the future
– Get around town and describe where things are
– Communicate confidently and more fluently in a range of authentic Spanish contexts

Your child’s progress will be assessed using regular vocabulary class quizzes and tests along with summative assessments at the end of each term, which will test everything they have learnt to that point throughout Year 8.

In Year 9 your child will study:

In Year 9 your child will learn how to do the following in Spanish:

– Set personal goals
– Talk about past holiday experiences
– Report on films, events and festivals they have experienced
– Communicate confidently and more fluently in a range of authentic Spanish contexts

Your child’s progress will be assessed using regular vocabulary class quizzes and tests along with summative assessments at the end of each term, which will test everything they have learnt to that point throughout Year 9.

In Year 10 your child will study:

Introductions to each GCSE theme including:

– Theme 1 – family and friends; technology; free time; festivals
– Theme 2 – home and town; social issues; global issues; holidays
– Theme 3 – school subjects and life; post-16 education; jobs and future plans

Your child’s progress will be assessed using regular vocabulary class quizzes and tests, summative assessments at the end of each unit and a mock exam at the end of the year, which will test everything they have learnt throughout Year 10.

In Year 11 your child will study:

Recycling, deepening knowledge and encouraging fluency of the GCSE themes covered in year 10 including:

– Theme 1 – family and friends; technology; free time; festivals
– Theme 2 – home and town; social issues; global issues; holidays
– Theme 3 – school subjects and life; post-16 education; jobs and future plans

– Revision and exam skills

Your child’s progress will be assessed using regular vocabulary class quizzes and tests, summative assessments at the end of each half term and mock exams at two set points during the year, which will test everything they have learnt throughout Year 11.