Spanish

Course Overview: Spanish

Spanish is taught for two hours per week at KS3 and three hours per week at KS4. In KS3, pupils are grouped according to their ability. Throughout both key stages pupils are taught to develop the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in Spanish via a range of activities. They also learn about life in countries where Spanish is spoken. Pupils are regularly assessed in all 4 skills to check progress.

Year 7

Half Term 1

Claro 1, Unit 1 –Me presento

Getting to know the Spanish speaking world, introducing ourselves and giving basic opinions.

Grammar: Understanding work order and verb endings.

Half Term 2

Claro 1, Unit 2 – Mi burbuja

Giving information about ourselves and others and using a range of adjectives.

Grammar: verbs ‘tener’ (to have) and ‘ser’ (to be). Using adjective endings.

Half Term 3

Claro 1, Unit 3 – Mis pasatiempos

Talking about hobbies and learning about Spanish speaking celebrities.

Grammar: Use of regular present tense verbs. Justifying opinions using connectives. Using the comparative.

Half Term 4

Claro 1, Unit 4 – Mi casa

Talking about the house and area in which we live and describing our ideal home. Comparing where we live to places in the Spanish speaking world.

Grammar: Use of the two verbs ‘to be’ (ser and estar). Use of the conditional tense.

Half Term 5

Claro 1, Unit 5 –Mi ciudad

Giving and understanding information about places in town, saying where we are going to go and describing how areas have changed over time.

Grammar: Use of ‘hay’ and the verb ‘ir’ in the present tense. Use of the imperative and some imperfect  tense verbs. Use of near future.

Half Term 6

Claro 1, Unit 6 – Mi insti

Describing school and school subjects using more detailed opinions and discussing future plans.

Grammar: Telling the time in Spanish. Use of ‘se debe’ and ‘se puede’. Using future expressions.


Year 8

Half Term 1

Claro 2, Unit 1 – Dieta y Salud

Talking about what you eat and drink and understanding and giving information about what makes a healthy diet. Discussing health problems and treatments.

Grammar: Recap on present tense use. Use of imperative. Continues use of a range of opinion vocabulary

Half Term 2

Claro 2, Unit 2 - ¡Por fin de vacaciones!

Giving information on holidays, describing both past holidays and future plans for holidays. Using common expressions and some slang in Spanish.

Grammar: Use and formation of the preterite tense, recap on use of near future and use of 3 time frames together.

Half Term 3

Claro 2, Unit 3 – Aquí mando yo

Giving and understanding information about means of communication – Internet, Social Media, TV, Film and Music. Talking about plans for future careers.

Grammar: Use of negative and further use of comparisons. Introduction of the simple future.

Half Term 4

Claro 2, Unit 4 – Adictos a la moda

Talking about fashion and shopping and learning to deal with problems when shopping.

Grammar: Use of demonstrative adjectives and direct object pronouns. Discussing hypothetical situations using the conditional tense.

Half Term 5

Claro 2, Unit 5 – Yo y mi mundo

Talking about our daily routine, describing relationships with family and friends and starting to discuss global issues.

Grammar: Use of reflexive verbs. Using verbs with certain prepositions and forming irregular verbs in the future/ conditional tenses.

Half Term 6

Claro 2, Unit 6 – De paseo por el mundo hispano.

Learning about life in a range of places where Spanish is spoken. Planning a trip across South America.

Grammar: Use and formation of the perfect and imperfect tense. Using different tenses together.

Course Overview: Spanish

Building on the Key Stage 3 language learning strategies, students will be able to continue to develop their skills in Spanish. Students will deepen their knowledge and application of grammar and will widen their understanding and use of complex vocabulary. Throughout Key Stage 4, students will practise a range of examination style questions and skills to ensure that they are well prepared for the GCSE examinations at the end of year 11.

Year 9

Half Term 1

Revision of KS3 Grammar.

Theme 1 : Identity and culture. Relationships with Family and Friends.

Key Grammar: Regular present tense verbs + ser/ estar/ tener. Reflexive verbs and comparatives.

Half Term 2

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest. Home, town, neighbourhood and region.

Key Grammar: Prepositions. The irregular verbs ‘ir’ and ‘hacer’. Use of a wide variety of opinion vocabulary.

Half Term 3

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment. My studies.

Key Grammar: tener que/ deber/ hay que +infinitive. Recap on regular present tense verbs. Use of comparative/ superlative.

Half Term 4

Theme 1: Identity and culture. Free-time activities –music and TV.

Key Grammar: consolidation of present tense including irregular verbs. Use of future tenses including with clauses introduced by ‘cuando’ and ‘si’.

Half Term 5

Theme 1: Identity and Culture. Free-time activities – eating out and sports.

Key Grammar: Range of opinion vocabulary and more complex justifications. Use of three time frames.

Half Term 6

Theme 1: Identity and culture. Customs and festivals in Spanish speaking countries.

Key Grammar: preterite of regular verbs and the irregular ser/ ir/ hacer. Reflexive verbs in the preterite and use of preterite/ imperfect together.

Year 10

Half Term 1

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment. My studies.

Key Grammar: tener que/ deber/ hay que +infinitive. Recap on regular present tense verbs. Use of comparative/ superlative.

Half Term 2

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment. Life at school/ college and Education Post-16.

Key Grammar: transferring of deber/ poder/ hay que to school rules context. Perfect tense using regular and common irregular verbs e.g. he hecho mis deberes.

Half Term 3

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest. Travel and Tourism.

Key Grammar: Consolidation of preterite and imperfect tenses. Use of sequencing words. Weather expressions with hacer.

Half Term 4

Theme 1: Identity and culture. Customs and festivals in Spanish speaking countries.

Key Grammar: preterite of regular verbs and the irregular ser/ ir/ hacer. Reflexive verbs in the preterite and use of preterite/ imperfect together.

Half Term 5

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest. Healthy/ unhealthy Living.

Key Grammar: Recap on deber/ tener que/ hay que etc. Use of negative and reflexive constructions e.g. se puede, se necesita. Present continuous.

Half Term 6

Theme 1: Identity and culture. Marriage/ partnership.

Key Grammar: revisiting adjectives to describe and use of que to describe ideal partner and enhance descriptions. Revision of future tense to outline future plans.

Year 11

Half Term 1

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest. Social Issues- Charity/ voluntary work. Global Issues –homelessness and poverty.

Key Grammar: Querer + infinitive. Querer que/ es posible que/ para que + subjunctive. Imperfect continuous. Si fuera/ tuviera + conditional. Hay que/ es importante que + subjunctive.

Half Term 2

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment. Career choices and ambitions.

Key Grammar: Recap on future tenses. Enhanced statements of possibility including subjunctive after time phrases (cuando).

Mock Exams including Speaking 2

Half Term 3

Revision of all 3 Themes and grammar. Exam preparation

Half Term 4

Revision of all 3 Themes and grammar. Exam preparation.

Course Components

Following the GCSE AQA Spanish course will not only develop the students%APOSTROPHE% linguistic skills, it will also continue to develop their cultural awareness alongside a range of skills which they can use in others subjects, further education and the world of work. Good communication skills , problem solving techniques, ICT skills and a greater understanding of other cultures are all taught alongside the language itself as part of the GCSE course.

Topics covered come under the following headings:

Theme 1: Identity and Culture (friends and family, hobbies, technology, festivals)
Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest (home, town, global issues)
Theme 3: Current and future study and employment (school life, further education and career plans)


Students will be assessed in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Each of the four exams holds equal weighting, making up 25% of the final grade. All skills will be assessed through final exams at the end of Year 11 at either Foundation or Higher level. In the final exams, pupils will demonstrate their knowledge of the language learning skills that they have developed throughout the course.

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After school and lunchtime clubs are provided for keen students who wish to stretch their abilities. Catch up and support is also offered on a one to one basis where necessary and extra revision and booster sessions are also offered throughout Key Stage 4. Some of the support sessions, clubs and activities offered are:

MFL Homework Club
Lunchtime Languages Club
GCSE Revision