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Why we teach Spanish

Spoken in 31 different countries, by around 427 million people, the Spanish language opens doors not just to Spain, but also to diverse countries across Central and South America. All our pupils start learning Spanish at Key Stage 3 using the NCELP (National Centre for Excellence for Language Pedagogy) resources. Unfortunately for the last two consecutive years, trips have been cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic. However, in normal conditions, pupils are encouraged to take part in the linguistic and cultural visit to Spain in Year 8 and also in work experience offered to Year 10, as well as to participate in other events we arrange with our Spanish link schools. Pupils can progress to studying Spanish at GCSE, adding an international dimension to their choices which many employers and higher education providers value. The skills learnt in Spanish are useful in a wide range of careers, such as the ability to communicate clearly, being confident about speaking in public and using problem solving strategies. It creates greater opportunities to work abroad, or for companies in the UK with international links.

KS3 Spanish

Overview of content

Pupils in KS3 will first learn the sounds of the Spanish language (phonics) and their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary will aim to build on any Spanish learnt at Primary School, but with a different focus. This means that pupils with no prior knowledge of the language are not disadvantaged in any way. All grammar and vocabulary are revisited several times over the years, with the aim of pupils becoming confident learners of the language.

Yr 7 Programme of Study

Half term

Topics studied; skills and knowledge

How this will be assessed

Autumn - 1

  • Describing places and location.
  • Saying what someone is like at the moment.
  • Saying what someone is like in general.
  • Saying what people have.
  • Saying what people do

Essential verbs: estar, ser and tener

Indefinite articles

Adjectives – gender and agreement

AR verbs in the present (singular)

Yes/no questions – raised intonation

Weekly vocabulary tests

Autumn - 2

  • Saying what people do and don't do.
  • Numbers (1 to 12) and talking about more than one thing
  • Saying what there is around you and describing it
  • Talking about the location of things
  • Describing a place
  • Giving and wanting (festive season and family)

Using “no” to make a verb negative

Hay/tiene

Singular and plural definite articles

Dar – to give (singular)

Querer – to want, wanting (singular)

Weekly vocabulary tests

Spring - 1

  • Describing family
  • Describing some natural wonders of the Spanish-speaking world
  • Asking and answering questions

Adjective agreement and position

Tener – tenemos/tienen

Question words

Hacer (singular)

Weekly vocabulary tests

Spring - 2

  • Talking about what you do with others (rural life)
  • Talking about what people can do
  • Contrasting what people must, can and want to do
  • Places and locations
  • Saying what people are like today vs in general

Ar verbs – we form

Modal verbs – poder,deber

Estar – we and they

Del versus de la

Weekly vocabulary tests

Achievement assessment covering listening, reading, writing and speaking

Summer - 1

  • Describing activities (travel)
  • Describing what people do
  • Describing what people do (technology)

Ar verbs – they

Er and ir verbs  (singular)

Question words

Weekly vocabulary tests

Summer - 2

  • Discussing what people do and don’t do
  • Describing people and possessions
  • Describing when and where people go
  • Describing future plans

Possessive adjectives (my, your)

Ir – to go, going

Ir + a + infinitive to express future

Weekly vocabulary tests

End of Year assessment in all skills

Yr 8 Programme of Study

Half term

Topics studied; skills and knowledge

How this will be assessed

Autumn - 1

  • Discussing what people do and don’t do
  • Describing people and possessions
  • Describing when and where people go
  • Describing future plans

Possessive adjectives (my, your)

Ir – to go, going

Ir + a + infinitive to express future

Weekly vocabulary tests

Autumn - 2

  • Describing events in the past and present (travel)
  • Comparing past experiences
  • Talking about what people and places are like now vs in general.
  • Comparing what you and someone else (‘we’) do (news and media, parties and celebrations)
  • Describing what people do (at home)
  • Asking what people can and must do

Past tense ar verbs I and you

Ser and estar (revisit)

Present tense er/ir verbs (we)

Hacer (plural)

Subject pronouns

Present for ongoing actions

Question words (revisit)

Weekly vocabulary tests

Spring - 1

  • Describing events in the past and present (at school)
  • Describing events in the past and present (free time activities)
  • Describing how people feel in the present (feelings and emotions)
  • Describing future plans

Talking about what people do (work)

Past tense (er/ir verbs I and you)

Prenominal adjectives

Revisit tener

Querer and dar (plural)

Ir (we)

Para + infinitive

Revisit regular present tense verbs

Weekly vocabulary tests

Spring - 2

  • Describing events in the past and present (at school)
  • Describing events in the past and present (free time activities)
  • Describing how people feel in the present (feelings and emotions)
  • Describing future plans

Talking about what people do (work)

Past tense ar/er/ir verbs (he/she)

Personal a

Reflexive me and te

Revisit possessive adjectives mi and tu

Weekly vocabulary tests

Achievement assessment covering listening, reading, writing and speaking

Summer - 1

  • Describing a series of events (Narration)
  • Talking about giving and receiving (Birthdays)
  • Describing how things make people feel
  • Giving opinions about school

Direct object pronouns lo and la

Indirect object pronouns me, te, le

Gustar type verbs

Weekly vocabulary tests

Summer - 2

  • Visiting a Spanish speaking city
  • Describing family members
  • Describing how people feel
  • Comparing things
  • Describing what people do and did (sport)
  • Comparing where people go and went

Revisit ser, adjective agreement, para + infinitive

Possessive adjectives su and nuestro

Comparatives más and menos

Demonstratives este, esta

Hacer and ir in past (singular)

Weekly vocabulary tests

End of Year assessment in all skills

Yr 9 Programme of Study

Half term

Topics studied; skills and knowledge

How this will be assessed

Autumn - 1

  • Asking questions about what people did
  • Learning about a famous Spanish speaking person
  • Describing school
  • Describing what is happening now
  • Describing Hispanic traditions
  • Talking about past and future trips

Revisit regular verbs (singular, past)

Revisit regular verbs (plural, past and present)

Present continuous

Revisit future plans with ir

Weekly vocabulary tests

Autumn - 2

Not yet published by NCELP

Weekly vocabulary tests

Spring - 1

Not yet published by NCELP

Weekly vocabulary tests

Spring - 2

 

Weekly vocabulary tests

Achievement assessment covering listening, reading, writing and speaking

Summer - 1

Module 1 of GCSE course

Holidays

Talking about activities during holidays (present tense)

Revision of past tense

Talking about where you have visited

Talking about accommodation and travel

Talking about a visit to a city

Imperfect tense

Preparation of answers for speaking

Vocabulary tests

Writing homework

Summer - 2

Module 1 of GCSE course

Narrating a day out

Using preterite and imperfect tenses together

Booking accommodation

Talking about a disastrous holiday

Preparation of answers for speaking

Vocabulary tests

Writing and reading homework

End of Year assessment reading and writing

Homework

Homework is set once per week and will be to learn 10-15 words using Quizlet and / or vocabulary guide. The words should be learnt over several days, as this will help pupils to remember them for longer. Vocabulary will be tested at the end of the second lesson each week, so that pupils have been using the vocabulary prior to the test.

Learning outside the classroom

The Spanish spelling bee is an opportunity for pupils to learn about the sounds of Spanish and take part in a competition with national finals.

Parental support and extension

Pupils will benefit from being supported to learn their vocabulary every week. They might enjoy teaching the words to you or ask you to help them practise for the test each week.

More information

Pupils find that using an app like Duolingo is fun and helpful. Although it does not follow our curriculum exactly, it is motivating.

KS4 Spanish

AQA GCSE Spanish (8968)

Overview of content

In Spanish we aim to build on knowledge from Key Stage 3 to learn listening, reading, writing and speaking skills in Spanish. We also teach pupils about the culture and traditions of Spain and Spanish-speaking countries.

Programme of Study

Year

Half term

Topics studied; skills and knowledge

How this will be assessed

10

Autumn - 1

Mi vida en el insti – school subjects and teachers, describing the school day. Grammar: Using adjectives, comparatives and superlatives, justifying opinions, using negatives, imperfect and preterite tenses.

Listening and speaking assessments at end of Module.

Autumn - 2

School rules and problems, talking about a foreign exchange, talking about activities and achievements. Grammar: Phrases followed by infinitive, near future tense, asking and answering questions, object pronouns, saying how long you have been doing something.

 

Spring - 1

Mi gente – talking about social networks, making arrangements, talking about reading preferences, describing people, friends and family. Grammar: Revision of present tense, using para with infinitives, present continuous tense, using a range of connectives, using ser and estar, using a range of relationship verbs, referring to past and present together.

Reading and writing assessments at end of unit

Spring - 2

Intereses e influencias – talking about what you usually do, talking about sports, talking about what’s trending, discussing different types of entertainment, talking about who inspires you. Grammar: stem-changing verbs, adjectives of nationality, soler + infinitive, using imperfect tense, using perfect tense, using algunos/ciertos/otros/muchos/demasiados/ todos

Listening and reading assessments at end of Module

Summer - 1

Ciudades – talking about places in a town, describing features of a region, planning what to do, shopping, talking about problems in a town, describing a visit in the past. Grammar: se puede/se pueden, future tense, demonstrative adjectives, conditional tense, synonyms and antonyms, idioms

 

Summer - 2

Continue Ciudades module and prepare / take end of year 10 exams

Listening, reading, writing and speaking assessments

11

Autumn - 1

De costumbre – talking about typical foods and mealtimes, daily routines and illness, comparing festivals, describing a special day, ordering in a restaurant, talking about a music festival. Grammar: passive, question words, reflexive verbs in the past tense, absolute superlatives, irregular patterns in the preterite.

Listening and reading assessments at end of Module.

Autumn - 2

Continue De costumbre Module, then

A currar – talking about how you earn money, talking about work experience, the importance of learning languages. Grammar: soler in the imperfect tense, using preterite and imperfect together, present and present continuous

 

Spring - 1

Applying for a summer job, discussing gap years, discussing future plans. Grammar: using indirect object pronouns, conditional tense, 24-hour clock, subjunctive with cuando.

Speaking and writing assessments at end of Module.

Spring - 2

Hacia un mundo mejor – describing houses, global issues, local actions, discussing healthy lifestyles. Grammar: present subjunctive, commands, tenses revision.

 

Summer - 1

Talking about international sporting events, talking about natural disasters. Grammar: pluperfect tense, imperfect continuous

Revision and preparation for speaking examination

 

Summer - 2

Period of Formal Examinations

 

Homework

Homework will be set twice a week. One homework will always be vocabulary learning using Quizlet. The second homework will be reading, writing or a grammar activity to consolidate learning.

How it is assessed

Spanish is assessed by means of three written and one spoken exam at the end of the course.

Listening

Foundation

35 minutes

Higher

45 minutes

Reading

Foundation

45 minutes

Higher   

1 hour

Writing

Foundation

1 hour

Higher

1 hour 15 minutes

Speaking

Foundation

12 minutes

Higher

15 mins

Each paper is worth 25% of the marks for the course.

Pupils cannot mix tiers, so all papers must be from the same tier.

Learning outside the classroom

Pupils are encouraged to use Quizlet to revise vocabulary. It may be possible to run a Year 10 Work Experience Trip to Spain. This will depend on the Covid situation and availability of a provider.

Parental support and extension

Pupils will benefit from help learning vocabulary each week, for example by testing them. Encourage your son/daughter to explain things they have learnt to you, or even to teach you some Spanish. There are online resources available for learning Spanish, such as BBC Bitesize and languagesonline.org.uk, as well as materials in the pupil section of the CATalogue. The online videos made by the Oak National Academy are a good source of revision and practice. Pupils could also use apps such as Duolingo, which are a fun way to learn the language.

More information

All pupils are provided with a vocabulary booklet but may also benefit from using the Grammar and Translation Workbook for the Viva course.

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