In Spanish, students study a range of topics which develop the skills of listening, speaking, reading, writing and translation.
Each unit of work builds on previous learning and prepares students for study at GCSE. Students are helped to develop a range of techniques for learning so that they can build up their own vocabulary as efficiently and as independently as possible.
Key Stage 3
Year 9: Describing yourself, Likes/dislikes, Family, School, Freetime activities
Key Stage 4: Edexcel GCSE
Students study topics under the following broad headings:
- Identity and Culture
- Local area, holiday and travel
- Future aspirations, study and work
- International and global dimension
They are assessed at the end of the two year course via exams in Speaking (25%), Listening (25%), Reading & Translation (25%), Writing & Translation (25%).
Yr 10 study trip
Key Stage 5: AQA A Level
Students study the following topics:
- Aspects of Hispanic society
- Artistic culture in the Hispanic world
- Multiculturalism in the Hispanic world
- Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world
- The study of a film (year 1) and a literary text (year 2)
Students start the course with an intensive grammar review and follow a wide range of topics throughout the course. Where possible, speaking sessions are provided by Foreign Language Assistants once a week. In addition there is an Individual Research Project (IRP) in year 2 which is assessed as part of the final speaking exam.
Trips & extra-curricular activities may include:
- Year 12 study trip (subject to planning)
- Opportunity to run a Spanish club for Year 7 students
- Spanish film club once a fortnight
- Trip to British Film Institute, London (Almodovar study day)