Spanish

Languages

Subject Overview

The Modern Foreign Languages department is situated in A Block.

The National Curriculum states that learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. As MFL teachers we aim to provide an education that fosters students’ curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world.

In both Key Stages, we focus on the four key skill areas in MFL:  Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.  We use a variety of techniques and strategies in our lessons, from interactive role plays to games and songs.  We are also fortunate to be able to book out an ICT suite to consolidate and stretch learning.  The department encourages each student to reach and even exceed their targets, by providing them with the necessary tools to become more independent learners.

Spanish Subject Staff

Mrs C Lee 2nd in Foundation Faculty – Teacher of French and Spanish
Mrs C Fallon Teacher of Spanish

KS3 Spanish

At Key Stage Three we teach three modules per year that each incorporates a range of the four skills in MFL (listening, speaking, reading and writing) with a cultural end of year project. We regularly track progress through a variety of assessment activities. By doing this, we are able to identify areas in which students are strong as well as areas in which students might need to develop.

KS4 Spanish

At Key Stage Four we follow the Edexcel GCSE syllabi. Students consolidate and enhance their knowledge of fundamental grammar points and structures, as well as covering topics from the GCSE specification.

The GCSE is a linear examination and all four skills are examined separately. The examinations take place at the end of Year 11 with equal weighting.
Listening – 25% 
Reading    – 25% 
Speaking – 25% 
Writing     – 25% 

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head.  If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart”

Nelson Mandela