Spanish

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Spanish is taught as a twilight session of 2 hours a week in Years 10 and 11.

Key Stage 4

Year 10

The link for the AQA GCSE Spanish Specification is here:

The year 10 Spanish students develop their understanding of reading and listening texts centred on:  Identity and Culture, and Local and National Issues. All four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) are practised in order to prepare for the examination-style questions of the GCSE.  Students further develop their grammatical knowledge with an enhanced complexity of structure.  Topic-specific language, vocabulary and register are promoted, and students are encouraged to apply their linguistic skills in spontaneous situations including through role play.  Translation into and from the target language is emphasised, and is also a valuable skill for the GCSE and for the development of grammatical awareness.   Students have access to kerboodle (with a Coloma password), which is very helpful especially for grammatical awareness and for listening and reading activities, and which accompanies the class textbook.  Students also have access to linguascope.com  and a variety of other websites are  recommended, including Duolingo and Easy Spanish.  Students participate in the Vocabexpress League of Champions challenge in September.

Year 11

The link for the GCSE Spanish content is here:

Students build on their previous study of the language and further extend their knowledge by studying the following themes for GCSE:

Global Issues, Social Issues, Current and Future Studies and Employment.  They further develop their understanding of how language works by studying grammar and learning how to use sophisticated structures and vocabulary. They continue to develop speaking, listening, reading and writing skills with a focus on assessment practice to ensure they are prepared for the demands of the linear course. Pupils continue to have access to linguascope.com and the digital learning platform kerboodle.

Key Stage 5

Year 12

The link for the A Level content is here:

The A-Level course builds on the GCSE topics and  is very exciting; it is designed to encourage students towards much greater confidence and fluency in speaking and writing in Spanish, and in understanding listening and reading texts on complex and significant themes.  The topics covered in Year 12 include:  Modern and traditional values, the advantages and dangers of new technologies, equal rights, modern day idols, Spanish regional identity and cultural heritage.  Students also study, analyse and write about an inspiring film, which gives rise to many stimulating themes and ideas. 

Students have access to kerboodle (with a Coloma password), which is very helpful especially for grammatical awareness and for listening and reading activities, and which accompanies the class textbook.  Students also have access to a variety of other websites, including Quizlet, Duolingo and Easy Spanish.  Students participate in the Vocabexpress League of Champions challenge in September.

Year 13

The link for the AQA A-level Spanish Specification is here:

Year 2 of the A-Level course is designed to build on the much greater confidence and fluency achieved in the first year of the A-Level.   Students become spontaneously articulate in their speaking and writing in Spanish, and their understanding of listening and reading texts on complex and significant themes develops significantly.  The topics covered in Year 13 include aspects of a diverse society as well as current issues in Spanish-speaking countries such as: immigration, racism and integration.  Also, we study aspects of political life in the Hispanic world such as: today’s youth, tomorrow’s citizens, monarchies and dictatorships and popular movements.  Students also study, analyse and write about a work of literature and a film, giving them the opportunity to explore many stimulating themes and ideas, which develop their skills in literary and film analysis and their ability to discuss these art forms through the medium of the foreign language.  An important aspect of Year 2 study is the preparation of an Individual Research Project unique to each student: this is a great opportunity for students to follow in depth their interest in a specific area beyond the set syllabus. This research project is examined as part of the A-Level Speaking Examination. 

Students have access to kerboodle (with a Coloma password), which is very helpful especially for grammatical awareness and for listening and reading activities, and which accompanies the class textbook.  Students also have access to a variety of other websites, including Quizlet, Duolingo and Easy Spanish.  Students participate in the Vocabexpress League of Champions challenge in September.

The study of Spanish in general:

Through studying Spanish, students develop the skills to be able to speak and write fluently and accurately, and to understand high level written and spoken texts.  Students’ understanding of Spanish culture and of social themes is well developed, and students complete the A-level course with the skills to live and work anywhere in the Spanish speaking world, and with the ability to talk about literature, film, culture and society. 

Spanish as a language is in great demand among trading nations.  Students with Spanish have excellent employment prospects in many fields including interpreting, law and finance to name but a few.  Students with a foreign language also develop their expertise and fluency in English, which is a great advantage in the employment market.