The Curriculum Leader for Spanish is Mr Raso and there are three other members of staff in the Spanish Department: Miss C Brayle, Miss H MacLoughlin and Mr J Winstanley. We share 7 classrooms with the French and German departments which are all equipped with interactive whiteboards. We also have 2 smaller rooms for speaking practice.
During the foundation course we aim to introduce Target Language (TL) to encourage students using Spanish spontaneously. Students will be looking at sentence structure focusing on the use of modal verbs, the present tense, the future tense and the past tense. Challenges are included in all lessons for all students to produce more creative and sophisticated work.
We have currently two Year 11 beginner classes, 2 Year 10 beginner classes and 4 Year 9 classes working towards their GCSE exams. The course aims to achieve their full potential in the subject by the end of the three year course. Our current year 9 have been studying Spanish from y, the course aims to prepare students to achieve their highest potential and be ready for the A level courses.
In addition, we are accommodating requests of candidates who have been learning Spanish privately. We believe that with some guidance from the Spanish team candidates will add a further GCSE to their educational career..
The new GCSE Spanish specification is a linear course with terminal examinations in listening, speaking, reading and writing taken at the end of Year 11.
Thematic and linguistic revision will therefore be strategically planned. Thematic and linguistic progression will be linked.
Building on the topics and grammatical patterns already covered in the Foundation years, we will aim to access more complex lexical items and a deeper understanding of different themes.
The use of authentic materials will also raise cultural awareness and make it a more enjoyable experience anchored in the real world, whilst fostering useful transferable skills.
There are three broad themes:
1. Identity and culture
2. Local, national, international and global areas of interest
3. Current and future study and employment
Each theme will contain a number of topics and each topic will be a unit of teaching and learning that covers:
- a sequence of lessons
- a range of resources and activities that cover the full range of skills (including opportunities for revision and consolidation, and stretch and challenge)
- the appropriate lexical and grammatical content.
The assessments that we produce reflect the AQA GCSE exam questions, using the same grade system and covering the four skills (Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing). Students are assessed on a regular basis and their DCPs are a reflection of their achievements.
Homework is set once a week and should cover the four skills – homework could include students recording their own work, written tasks, comprehension tasks or working using authentic materials – for example Spanish songs/films.
Online platforms such as Linguascope are used to consolidate key vocabulary and practise listening and reading skills whilst also providing engaging activities. Students are provided with a username and password.
Exampro is an AQA platform that provides exams questions and is usually used for KS4 classes.
Google classroom is used to upload revision material or set up project for the whole class to access from home. Students can use it also to communicate with teachers outside the classroom.
Further support is provided in class – printed worksheets, extra time allocated when needed and after school interventions.