Spanish

"En un lugar de la Mancha, de cuyo nombre no quiero acordarme, no ha much tiempo que vivía un hidalgo de los de lanza en astillero, adarga antigua, rocín flace y galgo corredor." Don Quixote de La Mancha

Lower School 

In Years 7 and 8, we follow the "Zoom 1" Spanish course.  Spanish is taught covering all four skills:  listening, reading, writing and speaking.  This course covers all styles of learning, including aural, visual and kinaesthetic.  In the classroom, students are encouraged to use these skills.  All students are expected to learn vocabulary thoroughly as part of their assessment process, and this includes vocabulary tests and spelling.  The reading of authentic texts and group talk is being enhanced, in line with the new government guidelines.  We encourage students to mark their own or their partners’ work in order to improve their thinking skills and analytical capabilities.  We cover the topics of the classroom, animals, descriptions, nationalities, school subjects and the weather.  In Year 8 we introduce the future tense and the preterite in the summer term.

Students’ progress is regularly assessed in the four skill areas: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. Teaching methods include regular use of listening material, worksheets, group and pair work, and the Interactive Whiteboards. Group work and pair work help students to practise, develop and revise what they have learnt. The use of Quizlet to increase independent learning is also encouraged.

Upper School

Year 9

In Year 9 we delve into the Edexcel GCSE book (rojo) which consolidates grammar and vocabulary learnt in Years 7 and 8 while also preparing all students for a GCSE course if they choose to follow on in Year 10. We continue to cover all four skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking, but we also emphasise the correct use of grammar. Our main focus are the four main tenses. We make vocabulary and tenses learning a more important feature of the lessons and we discuss tips for how to learn and improve.  In the classroom we make sure everyone has the chance to participate orally and the listening skill is practised regularly.  Pair work is key to oral success and it also enhances students' confidence in general.  

Year 10

In line with the new GCSE, we are following the 2016+ Edexcel syllabus which includes reading authentic articles from the Spanish press and the opportunity to speak more spontaneously.  All four skills are examined in the summer.  Students are expected to learn grammar, tenses and vocabulary thoroughly.  We also expect them to use homework time to revise the work covered in the lesson and then they are tested regularly. The use of the Internet sites of Quizlet and This is Language give all students the opportunity to learn vocabulary at their own pace and test themselves independently. We are able to set homework which includes a listening component.

In Year 10, we cover spare time, tourism and holidays, school, describing the family and the world of work.

Year 11

In Year 11, we continue with the Edexcel syllabus, and cover spare time in more detail, the environment, youth issues and consolidate tenses and grammar.

In the classroom, we make sure everyone has the chance to participate orally in order to increase their confidence and the techniques for the listening and reading examinations.  Techniques for improving all skills are practised and translation, literary work and prose are introduced. We are able to set homework which includes a listening component.

The use of the Internet, with "Quizlet" and "thisislanguage" is encouraged and oral work is fine tuned.

Sixth Form

We offer a two year course of study in Spanish through the Eduqas Examination Board.

We now follow the new syllabus which deals with both Spain and South America, their culture, way of life and society. We also expect pupils to be able to write about a film (South American focus) and a book (Spain centred) in depth, and discuss the impact of modern society on young people in Spain and other Spanish speaking countries.

In Year 13, the emphasis is on Franco in Spain, the effects of the Post-war on society, and how the dictatorship shaped modern Spanish politics. Issues, including the role of the media, racism, immigration, social exclusion and integration, terrorism, world of work (employment, commerce, globalisation, etc) are all discussed within the framework of Spanish / South American society. There is an emphasis on culture and the impact modern life is having on the traditions and way of life.  All students have to give a presentation on a topic of their choice in the final oral examination, so we also give them plenty of opportunities to discuss, debate and contribute to oral work.