Welcome to Spanish
"No hay ninguna cosa seria que no pueda decirse con una sonrisa."
- Broaden students' horizons to accept that our society/culture is not the only one and to consider the importance and relevance of other societies. We aim to develop a positive attitude to diversity within the British Isles, the European Community and the wider world.
- Develop students' communicative skills and give them an awareness of the nature of language and to boost their literacy skills.
- Give students a feeling of success with small, structured activities and thus to develop self-confidence.
- Help students to achieve skills and qualifications that will be of benefit when looking for employment, or that will enable them to study further.
- Have a positive learning environment in classrooms, recognising different learning styles so that all students can achieve to the best of their ability.
- Enable students to develop personalised learning and thinking skills such as memorising, analysis, communication and research.
Key Stage 3:
In Year 7 all students will be taught Spanish in ability groups throughout the year. Year 7 and 8 single linguist students have 5 lessons per fortnight. Students who are studying Spanish and another language will have 3 lessons of Spanish per fortnight and 2 hours of French or Mandarin a fortnight.
In Year 8 dual linguists students have 3 hours of Spanish per fortnight. The Year 8 course covers units including food and drink, local area and environment, festivals and the Spanish Armada. We extend and deepen grammar introduced in year 7.
Our Classroom resources are supported by a vast range of in-house and bought in additional materials including authentic material from newspapers, magazines, leaflets and the internet. We are constantly updating topical, real life TV and ICT resources.
Students can consolidate their learning by using the Memrise website and app. Students should ask their teacher for the log in details.
Key Stage 4:
GCSE Spanish follows the AQA Exam board covering three themes: Identity and culture, local, national, international and global areas of interest along with current and future study and employment. Students continue to build on their knowledge of grammar and widen their cultural understanding of Hispanic countries. The course is assessed by four exams all worth 25%: listening, speaking, reading and writing.
The department believes that it is vital that students learning foreign languages spend some time in the target country. We feel this is an important part of the 'languages experience', one which makes the learning process come alive.
We run a Spanish Exchange with a secondary school in Badalona, Spain. Last year students attended lessons at the school. They also visited a science museum, explored the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona and spent time getting to know their exchange partners and families. In recent years the return visit has included trips the The National Space Centre, York and a tour of the Nottingham City Centre.