The Spanish Department boasts 2 well-qualified and committed languages' teachers who deliver lessons, often via the interactive whiteboard in two recently refurbished classrooms. The MFL department has exclusive access to 30 laptops, which can be used in any of the classrooms to support and extend our students' learning. We have many resources including CDs, bi-lingual dictionaries and textbooks. All students are given a knowledge organiser for each topic containing the key vocabulary and structures which will be taught in the lesson, they also have a workbook for each topic, created by the department linking to each lesson students are taught.
Key Stage 3
Most students in year 7 and 8 study Spanish at key stage 3 with two lessons per week. In year 7 and year 8 we contribute significantly to developing students' literacy skills through reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students cover a variety of topics in lessons including: family, free time, school, jobs, holidays and future plans. Within these topics students are able to recall a large range of vocabulary and begin to develop their Spanish grammar skills. In year 7 and 8 students have a focus on phonics and linguistic structures which not only improve students’ ability in the language but also develops confidence in language, preparing students for GCSE, if they choose to continue with Spanish. Students are expected to complete weekly home learning tasks using their knowledge organisers to be able to recall key phrases and structures to weekly questions we have been learning in lessons.
Key Stage 4
Students in year 9, 10 and 11 who choose to study GCSE Spanish continue to develop their listening, reading ,speaking and writing skills based on the following three themes: Theme 1: Identity and culture, Theme 2: Local, national and international global areas of interest and Theme 3: Current and future study and employment. Students will complete four different papers based on these skills, each worth 25% of the overall mark, at the end of year 11, following the AQA specification. At GCSE students have 5 lessons per fortnight in which they regularly practice these skills as well as developing their grammar, literacy and overall fluency. Students are expected to complete weekly home learning tasks using their knowledge organisers to be able to recall key phrases and structures to weekly questions, based on the GCSE specification.
The school frequently offers educational trips abroad. The most recent trip to Barcelona in March 2017 was a great success. Students got the opportunity to bring the language alive whilst travelling throughout the city and visiting the sights.
Spanish teachers also volunteer their help after school with regular intervention and revision sessions so that our students can attain their full potential.
The MFL department annually celebrates the European day of languages. This is a fun filled day created to demonstrate student’s language skills, promote their interest in other languages and inform them of the benefits of languages for future careers.