The Curriculum Leader for Spanish is Mr Raso and there are two other members of staff in the Spanish Department: Miss C Brayle 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 10 classes and two Year 9 classes working towards their GCSE exams. They are beginner courses aiming to achieve their full potential in the subject by the end of the three year course. In addition, last year we entered one external candidate who achieved A*. In the 2017-18 academic year we are accommodating the request of 2 candidates who have been learning Spanish privately with some guidance from the Curriculum Leader for Spanish.
The course covers topics such as free time, personalities, holidays, school and jobs. However discussions of wider issues topics are also introduced such as environment, poverty and health. The exam board we use at GCSE is AQA.
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.