Curriculum

Spanish

Spanish

Key Stage 3

Spanish in years 7, 8 and 9 is taught for three lessons a week. During the course of year 9, students are given the opportunity to opt for Spanish as a GCSE in years 10 and 11.

Key Stage 4 – GCSE Spanish

Spanish is studied in years 10 and 11 for three periods a week. The GCSE is made up of four skill areas: listening, speaking, reading and writing. All four skills are tested externally at the end of Year 11 and are equally weighted.

Key Stage 5 – A Level Spanish

Spanish can be studied at KS5 and followed as two year course resulting in an A level qualification.

KS3 Curriculum information

Curriculum content 

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Myself: information about self; introducing and describing family members and pets. Family Literature Jobs and Future plans
Numbers Healthy living Healthy lifestyle
School subjects Food and Drink Festivals/Music/Culture
Hobbies Holidays Film project
Where I live Fashion Hispanic art
Time and daily routine School and careers Technology
Town, travel and tourism
KS3 (Years 7-9) Assessment
Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Every half term, two of the four skills is tested plus a grammar test. Every half term, two of the four skills is tested plus a grammar test. Every half term, two of the four skills is tested plus a grammar test.
KS4 Curriculum information

Course content: Students will study a broad range of topics and subtopics:

  1. Myself and family: Describing self and family/ Problems with friends/ Hobbies & interests/ Sporting events.
  2. Media and Culture:Music/ Media preferences/ Films and film reviews/ Making plans/ Describing events.
  3. Home and local environment: House, town and local area.
  4. School Life: School description/ Lessons and teachers/ School routine/ Ideal school
  5. Travel and Tourism: Holidays/ Accommodation/ Food and drink/ A disaster.
  6. School and Future Plans: Work experience/ Part-time jobs/ Plans for the future – jobs/ Careers.
  7. Health & Lifestyle: Health lifestyle choices/ Youth problems.
  8. The Environment: Threats to the environment/ Green choices/ Climate changes.
KS4 Assessment

The GCSE is made up of four skill areas: listening, speaking, reading and writing. All skills are terminal exams sat in the summer of year 11 and each paper is worth 25%. The speaking exam takes place with subject teachers but is marked by an external examiner.

KS5 Curriculum information

Course content: Students will study a broad range of topics and subtopics:

The new Advanced Level Spanish will consist of the following topics.

  • Aspects of Spanish-speaking society: current trends
  • Aspects of Spanish-speaking society: current issues
  • Artistic culture in the Spanish-speaking world
  • Aspects of political life in the Spanish-speaking world
  • Works: Literacy texts and films
  • Grammar
KS5 Assessment

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing

What’s assessed:

  • Aspects of Spanish-speaking society: current trends
  • Aspects of Spanish-speaking society: current issues
  • Artistic culture in the Spanish-speaking world 
  • Aspects of political life in the Spanish-speaking world

How it’s assessed:

  • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 100 marks in total
  • 50% of A-level

Paper 2: Writing

What’s assessed:

  • One text and one film or two texts from the list set in the specification
  • Grammar

How it’s assessed:

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 80 marks in total
  • 20% of A-level

Paper 3: Speaking

What’s assessed:

  • Individual research project
  • One of four sub-themes ie Aspects of Spanish-speaking society: current trends Aspects of Spanish-speaking society: current issues
  • Artistic culture in the Spanish-speaking world
  • Aspects of political life in the Spanish-speaking world

How it’s assessed:

  • Oral exam: 21–23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time)
  • 60 marks in total
  • 30% of A-level
General Information

Useful skills

Language learning especially appeals to people who enjoy logical thinking and pattern spotting: if you are good at maths or music, then you are probably a great linguist.

A good understanding of basic grammar in English (or another language) is essential to language learning. Most importantly, you must want to communicate with others and have an interest in other cultures.

Use of the Qualification

Communicate with 400 million native Spanish speakers worldwide.

Spanish is currently the 2nd most commonly spoken language worldwide. 25 different nations speak Spanish either as the official language or as a primary language and Spanish is one of the 6 official United Nations languages.
Hispanic countries are home to some of the most interesting places in the world. The Panama Canal which joins the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Patagonia, a region in Argentina and Chile, is known to some as “the ending point of the world” and the official centre of the world lies in Ecuador.

There are celebrations and festivals throughout the whole year in Spanish speaking countries from Mexican Day of the Dead to the Tomatina festival. Spanish music is popular nowadays thanks to Shakira and J-Lo and Barcelona FC is currently the number 1 football team in the world! Learning Spanish will provide so many opportunities for you to experience this rich culture.

Use Spanish to improve your employment potential

Think Seat, Mango, Zara, Santander…

There are a multitude of career fields that need Spanish speakers, among them are nurses, social workers, teachers, salespeople, translators, and many more. People who speak Spanish often have opportunities to work in trade or business fields. Other options include diplomacy, interpretation, and security applications, which all require a sensitivity and proficiency of another language.

Learn Spanish to enhance your travel experiences

Spain is the number 1 destination for British tourists. If you’ve ever dreamed of visiting far-off, exotic, tropical places, you don’t have far to look when you consider the great number of Spanish-speaking countries that fit this description. Knowing the language and culture of the land you visit will give you insights into the people and culture that a non-Spanish speaker would never have access to. Knowing even a little Spanish helps travellers communicate more successfully.

Useful Websites

CALL@Hull

www.google.es

www.bbc.co.uk

www.learnspanish.com

 www.conjuguemos.com

Los40.com

Elpais.com

www.telemadrid.es