The Spanish Department
Key Stage 3
All students study Spanish in years 7 and 8:
- The topics covered in year 7 include: myself, family and friends, school, hobbies, home.
- The topics covered in year 8 include: TV and cinema, holidays, food and drinks, clothing and shopping and health.
At the end of each module students are assessed in the four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students are also assessed on vocabulary, grammar and translation.
Key Stage 4
- Current GCSE (Year 11)
For GCSE Spanish the examination board is AQA. Students complete two controlled assessments in speaking and two in writing during the course, worth 60% of the GCSE. Additionally, students undertake reading and listening exams during the course and complete the final exam in May, which is worth 40% of the GCSE.
- New GCSE (Years 9 & 10)
GCSE Spanish is a popular option at Key Stage 4 and students start the course in Year 9. We run a 3 year course. The examination board is AQA.
The themes taught are:
- Myself, family and friends
- Technology in everyday life
- Free-time activities
- Customs and festivals
- Home, town, neighbourhood & region
- Social issues
- Global issues
- Travel and tourism
- My studies, life at school & education post 16
- Jobs, career choices and ambitions
During the course, students will be assessed on the four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing, but also in vocabulary, grammar and translation.
Key Stage 5
Current A Level (Year 13)
The grammar covered at AS Level is reinforced to improve accuracy and fluency. Topics include:
- Environment – pollution, energy and protecting the planet
- Multi-cultural society – immigration, racism and integration
- Contemporary social issues – wealth and poverty, law and order, scientific and technological advance.
Additionally, students study a cultural topic chosen by the teacher. This could include a:
- Period of 20th century history
New A Level (Year 12)
We use the AQA Examination board and we study the following topics:
1. Social issues and trends
- Modern and traditional values
- Equal rights
2. Political and artistic culture
- Modern day idols
- Spanish regional identity
- Cultural heritage
- Today's youth, tomorrow's citizens
- Monarchies and dictatorships
- Popular movements
- Literary text: La casa de Bernarda Alba
- Film: Maria llena eres de gracia
5. Individual research project
Beyond the curriculum
We have a very successful Spanish trip to Santander that has run for several years now during the Enrichment Week in July. We have also been offering for the last 3 years an exchange trip to Madrid. Students stay with families for 6 days. Spanish students arrive in March and we go in the autumn term.
All language lessons are taught in the Modern Foreign Languages Block. Every classroom has an interactive whiteboard and audio equipment. The department uses a range of interactive language software including Task Magic, Boardworks and Active Teach. The computer rooms are also available to book where students can work independently using the various language website the department subscribes to.
Mrs C Benard-Grosso – Teacher of Spanish and French & Deputy Headteacher
Mr A Garcia - Teacher of Spanish and French
Mr S Fernandez-Sanchez - Teacher of Spanish
Mr A Luret – Teacher of Spanish and French & Director of Modern Foreign Languages