Spanish

Spanish at KS3

At KS3, our curriculum teaches the students to develop a positive attitude towards languages and people from other countries, that they learn about, as well as develop their understanding, tolerance skills and mutual respect. Our curriculum promotes the academy values, especially the core values of Respect, Compassion, Aspiration and Equality, and also teaches the students to: 

  • Understand and respond to spoken and written language confidently.
  • To speak and write using a variety of vocabulary on a variety of topics.
  • Identify and use past, present and future tenses in a variety of contexts.
  • Celebrate diversity and respect other cultures.
  • To develop confidence and independence
  • To enrich students’ learning and understanding by exposing them to the target-language culture
  • To foster a love of languages and inspire further study

All of the above will be achieved through repetition of sounds and vocabulary as well as teacher modelling of good pronunciation through listening activities. There will be plenty of opportunity for independent practice and practice with peers through speaking games.  Activities are scaffolded to the appropriate level for the group and are taken away when appropriate. Students are frequently tested through engaging reading, listening and writing tasks. Students are also encouraged to present their opinion about this topic and good writing will be further encouraged through modelling through reading tasks, sentence builders and checklists. Praise and encouragement is a key feature of these lessons.

Year 7

Focii: 

Unit 1 gives students an introduction to the basics of the language, as we cover phonetics and presentation about self. Students learn to introduce themselves and talk about their pets. Unit 2 teaches the student to share their passions and free-time activities. Students talk about healthy lifestyle and sports events they take part in. Unit 3 gives students a sense of belonging, talking about their school and favourite subjects. Students learn to say what they like to do during the day and favourite classroom activities. Unit 4 encourages student to describe their family and talk about their family life. Unit 5 focuses on describing the area where you live and teaches about activities to do in your town. Each unit includes the teaching of the four main skills: reading, listening, writing and speaking skills, and aims to reinforce the academy values.

Key topics:

  • My life
  • Free-time
  • School
  • Family and friends
  • Where I live

Year 8

Focii:

Unit 1 gives students an introduction to the basic language of holidays and teaches the past tense. Students learn to talk about a past holiday. Unit 2 focuses on students sharing their thoughts about favourite activities, music, film and favourite pastime. Unit 3 offers an opportunity to discover more about Spanish food and healthy eating habits. Students learn to order at the restaurant and give opinions. Unit 4 encourages students organise a special day with their friend. Students can make plans and arrange visits. Unit 5 focuses on describing the Summer time and plan their activities for the Summer break using conditional and future tense. Each unit includes the teaching of the four main skills: reading, listening, writing and speaking skills, and aims to reinforce the academy values.

Key topics:

  • Holidays
  • All about my life
  • All about food
  • Organising a special day
  • Making plans for the Summer

Year 9

Focii:

Unit 1 focuses on the things students enjoy doing, investigating further music, cinema and multimedia preferences. Unit 2 promotes an interest in the future studies and career plans, investigating options for the future after school. Unit 3 offers an opportunity to talk about the importance of healthy living and encourages enquiry about healthy lifestyle choices. Unit 4 explores inequalities around the world and encourages students to think globally. Unit 5 focuses on describing a visit to Madrid and teaches language to plan a touristic visit. Each unit includes the teaching of the four main skills: reading, listening, writing and speaking skills, and aims to reinforce the academy values.

Key topics:

  • The things I enjoy
  • Careers and future plans
  • Healthy lifestyle
  • Global world
  • A visit to Madrid
GCSE in Spanish

Why study this subject?

First and foremost studying a language is fun. It will also improve all communication skills, which are the foundations of future career success as well as broaden your knowledge of other cultures. Colleges, universities and employers all value a language qualification due to the expansion of the European Union and many universities now offer joint degrees, such as Spanish with Physics or Spanish with History. By studying a modern foreign language you will have a greater choice of career pathways both in Britain and abroad. In this global world, if you can communicate in other languages, the more valuable you are as an employee.

What will I learn?

You will learn to speak, read, write and understand what people are saying to you in Spanish. It is great fun to go to Spain and practise what you have learnt in school. Learning a language requires hard work and commitment. You will be fully supported in lessons to achieve your best in this subject.

How will I be assessed?

Your class work and homework will be regularly marked and feedback given will ensure you know how to improve your progress and attainment. You will be assessed in the four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

What qualification shall I obtain at the end of the course?

At the end of the course you will gain a GCSE in Spanish at a grade that reflects your work ethic and commitment.

What can this qualification lead to afterwards?

The skills learnt at either GCSE or beyond, will enable you to take your place within a competitive workforce and display good communication skills. A qualification in any modern foreign language opens doors and commands respect, leading to higher salaries and opportunities for promotion.

Post-16 Progression

Spanish A-Level is open to candidates with a good GCSE grade and leads to many degree routes, including further study of language. Spanish graduates find employment in business, UK and European government, engineering, financial services, media, technology, travel and tourism, the charitable sector and as teachers, interpreters and translators. However, there are many roles where languages are a complementary rather than a key skill, so young people who study Spanish to A-Level have the skills for work in business, marketing, sales, Customer Support or Consulting, Events Management, Media and Government. There are, in fact, many careers in which Spanish would be a valuable acquisition.

Where can I find out more about this qualification?

You can speak to any Spanish teachers. They will answer any questions and explain in detail about the content of the course.

Some year 9 and sixth form students have been lucky enough to be involved with language orientated trips this term at Warwick University and University of Birmingham. The year 9's took part in an apprentice day where they were asked to ‘sell’ Birmingham and the sixth form students spent a day brushing up their translations skills ready for their summer examinations.

About

King Edward VI Academy Trust Birmingham is a charitable company limited by guarantee. Registered number 10654935. Registered office: Foundation Office, Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham, B15 2UD. Academy tel: 0121 464 4428.

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