“One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.”
“Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.”
‒Rita Mae Brown
“Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.”
Learning a foreign language has a positive impact on your memory, vocabulary and confidence, all of which can help in other subject areas. Studying a language has also been proven to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s. Currently the UK job market is lacking in linguists, so there has never been a better time to learn a foreign language!
Key Stage 3
Year 7: In Year 7, pupils start with a short Introduction to Languages, developing language learning skills. They then being their language course in either French or Spanish. In Year 7 pupils will learn to talk about themselves, where they live, their school, and their free time within the theme of My Story.
Year 8: In Year 8, the course is based around My World. Pupils will learn about food, shopping, clothes, holidays, describing people and having fun in your free time.
Year 9: In Year 9, pupils study a programme designed around My Conflicts. This covers school and future plans, the environment, health and the media. As we go through the year, pupils will start to do more GCSE style work and assessments to prepare them for Spanish at Key Stage 4.
Key Stage 4
The new Spanish GCSE covers three broad contexts
– Identity and culture
– Local, national and global areas of interest
– Current and future study and employment
Each context is broken down into topics and studied in depth, developing speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.
Students will complete four exams (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening) at the end of Year 11.
Key Stage 5
The new Spanish A-Level covers four broad themes
- Aspects of Hispanic Society
- Artistic culture in the Hispanic world
- Multiculturalism in Hispanic society
- Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world
Each theme is broken down into topics and studied in depth, developing speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.
Students also study a Spanish language film, and a novel/play. In addition, pupils complete an Independent Research project on an area of interest to them, which is discussed in the speaking exam.
Students will complete three exams at the end of Year 13:
Paper 1: Listening, reading, writing (comprehension)
Paper 2: Writing (essays on the film/book)
Paper 3: Speaking exam (stimulus card and IRP discussion)