Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing.
Subject Leader: Miss B Dooris
Teachers: Mrs H Taylor, Miss O Harrison
It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.
Here are just a few things you might want to know:
- Students in KS3 have 4 hours of Spanish every fortnight and students in KS4 have 6 hours of Spanish every fortnight.
- Spanish is compulsory in KS3 then students will have the option to choose to study Spanish as a GCSE at the end of year 9.
- We follow the AQA specification for GCSE.
- Students are supported in lessons using a range of resources including sentence builders and workbooks. These are adapted to support and challenge all learners.
- Every year group receives homework weekly, homework is set online on www.sentencebuilders.com and created to recap what has been covered each week in lessons
- A weekly homework club is available on a Monday lunchtime (KS4) and Thursday lunchtime (KS3) to support students and give them access to IT facilities if needed.
- We have a computer room within the department so students have the opportunity to use various Spanish websites during lessons.
- To fully embrace the culture we aim to use as many authentic resources as possible in class including Spanish texts, music and films.
- Extra Curricular - Annual trip on Barcelona, Spanish film evenings, tapas tasting and many more.
The Spanish curriculum at Meols Cop High School:
- Helps build the confidence of all students to feel capable of communicating with anyone they may encounter now and in their future
- Provides the opportunity for all students to achieve their full potential in learning
- Allows all students to experience and build on their knowledge of the culture and customs of other countries
- Challenges all students to achieve their full potential whilst feeling supported and capable to do so.
What does it mean to be a successful student in our subject?
- A successful student would be able to confidently communicate with another Spanish speaker
- A successful student would have a broad knowledge of vocabulary and grammatical structures
- A successful student would be able to understood the vocabulary of key themes in all skills - EG speaking, reading, listening and writing
- A successful student would be motivated and enthusiastic to not just improve their linguistic skills but to also improve their cultural awareness of Hispanic countries.
Click here to view the Curriculum Map
Spanish curriculum at Meols Cop High School complies with the Equality Act 2010, the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 and is accessible for pupil with SEND. Click here to view the SEND Policy.
Updated December 2021