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Mathematics - Year 7

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Below you will find more specific information about the curriculum in Spanish for students who have chosen this subject for GCSE, explaining to you what students will learn, when, why and how. There is also information about how parents/carers are able to support students in their learning, extra-curricular opportunities in this subject and how it links to other subjects and the wider world.

Subject Key Concepts

#1 COMMUNICATION     

#2 COMPREHENSION 

 #3 CULTURE

 

Please click here for Subject Key Concepts.

Please click here for a PDF Spanish Learning Journey

Please click here for a PDF independent learning board

 Curriculum Overview for Year 10

Term

Topic / Key Concepts

 

Specific Knowledge

Specific skills

Autumn Term

Module 1: Mis Vacaciones (Holidays)

Future Tense holiday revision

 

Comprehension

 

Communication

 

Culture

 

  

Present Tense Holidays

 

Comprehension

 

Communication

 

Culture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Accommodation

Comprehension

 

Communication

 

Culture

 

 

Vocabulary:

·         Revision of content covered immediately before summer holidays on future holidays

Grammar:

·         Immediate future tense revision

 

 

 

Vocabulary:

·         Holiday destinations (present tense)

·         Holiday travel (present tense)

·         Holiday activities (present tense)

·         Weather revision

·         Holiday preferences

·         Opinions & reasons

Grammar:

·         Present tense revision

·         Present tense time phrases

·         Impersonal verbs eg. Gustar

·         Lo mejor / peor

·         Lo que más / menos me gusta

·         Suelo

 

 

Vocabulary:

·         Descriptions of accommodation

·         Vocab for booking accommodation

·         Vocab for complaining about accommodation

Grammar:

·         Adjective revision

·         Questions

·         Usted

·         Numbers 1-1000

·         Ser & estar

 

Past Tense Holidays

 

Comprehension

 

Communication

 

Culture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Holidays in 3 tenses

Comprehension

 

Communication

 

Culture 

Vocabulary:

·         Holiday destinations (past tense)

·         Holiday travel (past tense)

·         Holiday activities (past tense)

·         Weather (past tense)

·         Past opinions

·         Past holiday disasters

·         Describing accommodation in the past

 

Grammar:

·         Past time phrases

·         Preterite tense formation & use

·         Lo mejor / peor

·         Imperfect tense (receptive skill only)

 

 

Vocabulary:

·         Descriptions of holidays in past, present & future tenses

 

Grammar:

·         Revision of preterite, (imperfect), present & immediate future

Spring Term

Module 2 : Mi Insti (School)

 

Comprehension

 

Communication

 

Culture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vocabulary:

·         Opinions on school subjects with justifications

·         Opinions on teachers

·         Description of timetables

·         Study of the differences between the English & Spanish education system

·         Description of your correct school

·         Descriptions of your primary school

·         School rules vocab

·         Describing a planned school exchange in the future

·         Talking about extra-curricular clubs

 

Grammar:

·         Opinion verbs revision

·         Adjective revision

·         Comparative & superlative

·         Numbers & time revision

·         Present tense revision

·         Introduction to the imperfect tense

·         Negatives

·         Verbs which are followed by infinitive (eg. Se debe)

·         Revision of the immediate future

·         Questions

·         Desde hace + present tense

·         Direct object pronouns

 

Summer Term

Module 3: Mi gente (my people)

 

Comprehension

 

Communication

 

Culture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Module 4: Mi tiempo libre (my free time)

 

New content to be completed in lessons :-

 

Comprehension

 

Communication

 

Culture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elements to be covered in a self study booklet during the summer holidays (revision of Y9 content)

 

Comprehension

 

Communication

 

Culture

 

Vocabulary:

·         Talking about your tech’ use

·         Giving opinions on social media platforms

·         Talking about what you are doing right now

·         Arranging dates

·         Talking about your reading preferences

·         Describing family members & friends

·         Talking about your relationships with others

Grammar:

·         Present tense revision (all verb types)

·         Para + infinitive

·         Direct object pronouns

·         Introduction of the present continuous tense

·         Possessive adjective revision

·         Revision of tener, ser & estar

·         Comparative revision

·         Revision of reflexive verbs

·         Adjective revision

·         Personal a use

 

 

 

 

Vocabulary:

·         Talking about what’s trending

·         Talking about what you have done recently

·         Discussing different forms of entertainment (cinema, festivals etc)

·         Vocab for booking cinema tickets

·         Describing a role model

·         Giving detailed justifications

Grammar:

·         Introduction to the perfect tense

·         Ya, todavía

·         Acabar de

·         Immediate future revision

·         Alguno, mucho, cierto, demasiado, otro

·         Adjective revsion

 

 

 

Vocabulary:

·         Revision of how to talk about sports in a variety of tenses

·         Revision of TV & film preference vocab

·         Revision of nationalities vocab

·         Learning to talk about pocket money & household chores

·         Remembering how to say what you usually do

·         Revision of music preference vocab

Grammar:

·         Revision of the present, preterite, imperfect & immediate future tenses

·         Use of verbs followed by infinitives

 

Curriculum Overview for Year 11

Term

Topic / Key Concepts

 

Specific Knowledge

Specific skills

Autumn Term

Module 5: Ciudades (Cities)

 

Describing where you live

 

Comprehension

 

Communication

 

Culture

 

 

 

Describing what you will do in town in the future

 

Comprehension

 

Communication

 

Culture

 

  

Discussing pros & cons of various town & regions

Comprehension

 

Communication

 

Culture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asking for directions & making enquiries at the tourist information office

 

Comprehension

 

Communication

 

Culture

 

Shops & shopping

 

Comprehension

 

Communication

 

Culture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Module 6: de costumbre

(food / daily routine /fiestas)

 

 

Daily routine & meals revision

 

Comprehension

 

Communication

 

Culture

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food around the world

 

Comprehension

 

Communication

 

Culture

 

 

  

 

 

Restaurants

 

Comprehension

 

Communication

 

Culture

 

 

 Body & illness

 

Comprehension

 

Communication

 

Culture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vocabulary:

·         Revision of places in town

·         Vocab to describe a town / region

Grammar:

·         Negatives  revision

·         Revision of se puede(n)

 

 

Vocabulary:

·         Weather revision in the present tense

·         Intro to weather vocab in the future tense

·         Future activities vocab

Grammar:

·         Immediate future  revision

·         Introduction to simple future

·         Si + present tense + future tense

·         Revision of perfect tense

·         Use of present, future & perfect tenses together

 

 

 

Vocabulary:

·         Revision of lo mejor/peor

·         Vocab for giving pros & cons of where you live

·         Vocab to say what you would improve

·         Vocab for comparing your region now & in the past

·         Vocab for describing a visit to a town/city/region in the preterite

 

Grammar:

·         Intro to tan & tanto

·         Intro of conditional tense

·         Imperfect tense revision

·         Perfect tense revision

·         Revision of uses of preterite v imperfect tense

·         Revision of how to use multiple tenses together

 

 Vocabulary:

·         Revision of directions vocab

·         Introduction to tourist information vocab

 

Grammar:

·         Practice of comprehension of the imperative

·         Revision of how to ask & answer questions

 

 

Vocabulary:

·         Revision of shops vocab

·         Introduction to basic shopping vocab

·         Numbers revision

·         Revision of clothing & colours  vocab

·         Introduction to vocab for clothes shopping

·         Introduction to vocab for expressing shopping preferences

 

Grammar:

·         Adjective revision

·         Introduction to demonstrative adjectives

·         Revision of direct object pronouns

·         Introduction to quedar as an impersonal verb

 

  

 

Vocabulary:

·         Revision of daily routine vocab

·         Revision of time

·         Revision of food & drink vocab

·         Revision of mealtime vocab

  

Grammar

·         Revision of reflexive verbs in a variety of tenses

·         Revision of stem changing (boot) verbs oin a variety of tenses

·         Revision of variety of food verbs in a variety of tenses

·         Revision of me gusta

·         Revision of suelo

 

 

Vocabulary:

·         Revision of more food  vocab

·         Revision of quantities & market vocab

·         Introduction of vocab to describe regional specialities

·         Introduction to vocab for describing increases & decreases

 

Grammar:

·         Introduction to the passive voice

 

  

Vocabulary:

·         Introduction to vocab for booking tables, ordering food & complaining in a restaurant

 

Grammar:

·         Introduction to absolute superlatives

·         Revision of the preterite & imperfect tenses

 

 

Vocabulary:

·         Introduction to vocab for parts of the body and saying what hurts

·         Introduction to tener idioms

·         Introduction to vocab for describing symptoms & how long you’ve had them

·         Introduction to vocab for advice

·         Introduction to me he cortado / roto / torcido / quemado

·         Introduction to vocab for la tomatina

 

Grammar:

·         Introduction to me duele(n) and revision of impersonal verbs

·         Revision of tener & estar in the present tense

·         Revision of desde hace with present tense

·         Revision of tener que

·         Revision of perfect tense

 

Spring Term

 

 

Traditional festivals past & present)

 

Comprehension

 

Communication

 

Culture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

  

Music Festivals

 

Comprehension

 

Communication

 

Culture

 

 

 

 

Module 7: ¡A Currar!

(jobs & future plans)

 

 

General Jobs

 

Comprehension

 

Communication

 

Culture

 

 

 

 Part-time jobs

 

Comprehension

 

Communication

 

Culture

 

 

  

Work Experience

 

Comprehension

 

Communication

 

Culture

 

 

 The importance of learning languages

 

Comprehension

 

Communication

 

Culture

 

 

 

 

 

 Transport

 

Comprehension

 

Communication

 

Culture

 

 

Job Applications

 

Comprehension

 

Communication

 

Culture

 

 

 

  

Future Plans

 

Comprehension

 

Communication

 

Culture

 

 

Vocabulary:

·         Learn namesof important hispanic festivals

·         Learn vocab to descibe festivals

·         Learn how to say what you usually do on a  special occasion eg. Christmas

·         Learn how to say what you did last year on a  special occasion eg. Christmas

 

 

Grammar:

·         Introduction of se constructions to avoid the passive voice

·         Revision of question words

·         Revision of reflexive verbs in the preset tense

·         Introduction of reflexive verbs in the preterite tense

 

 

 

Vocabulary:

·         Revision of vocab to give opinions on different music styles

·         Vocab to describe a music festival

 

Grammar:

·         Revision of using multiple tenses together

·         Introduction of expressions follwed by an infinitive

  

 

 

 

 

 

Vocabulary:

·         Vocab for describing jobs you or others do at the moment & what those jobs entail

·         Vocab for describing jobs you or others want to do & why

 

Grammar:

·         Revision of present tense

·         Future structures followed by infinitives

 

 Vocabulary:

·         Introduction to part-time job vocab

·         Revision of household chore vocab

 Grammar:

·         Soler in the imperfect

·         Using verbs in different forms & tenses

  

 

 

 

Vocabulary:

·         Introduction to work experience vocab

 

Grammar:

·         Revision of  imperfect & preterite & uses

·         Introduction to alternatives to y

 

 

 

Vocabulary:

·         Introduction to vocab for discussing importance of language learning

·         Revision of vocab for describing photos

 

Grammar:

·         Formation & use of saber & conocer

·         Revision of  present & present continuous tenses

 

 

 

Vocabulary:

·         Revision of vocab for opinions on transport

·         Introduction of vocab for train travel

·         Revision of numbers

·         Introduction of the 24 hour clock in Spanish

 

 

 

 

Vocabulary:

·         Job application vocab

·         Formal letter vocab

 

Grammar:

·         Perfect tense revision

·         Revision of direct object pronouns

·         Introduction of indirect object pronouns

 

 

 

Vocabulary:

·         Introduction of vocab for discussing future life plans

·         Introduction of vocab for discussing gap years

 

Grammar:

·         Future structures followed by infinitives

·         Simple future tense revision

·         Introduction to present subjunctive mood + cuando

·         Conditional tense revision

·         Introduction of conditional sentences with imperfect subjunctive & conditional

 

 

Summer Term

Module 8: Hacia un mundo mejor

(global & social issues)

 

My home

 

Comprehension

 

Communication

 

Culture

 

 

 Global Issues

 

Comprehension

 

Communication

 

Culture

 

 

 

 

 

 

Environmental Issues

 

Comprehension

 

Communication

 

Culture

 

 

 

 

 

Healthy Lifestyles

 

Comprehension

 

Communication

 

Culture

 

 

 

 Sporting Events & Volunteering

 

Comprehension

 

Communication

 

Culture

 

 

 

 

 Vocabulary:

·         Revision of vocab to describe where you live

·         Revision of vocab to describe your home

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vocabulary:

·         Introduction of vocab for discussing serious global problems

·         Introduction of vocab for discussing potential solutions

·         High numbers

 

Grammar:

·         Present subjunctive revision

·         Introduction of subjunctive with value judgement statements

 

 

 Vocabulary:

·         Introduction of vocab for describing environmental problems

·         Introduction of vocab for discussing potential solutions

 

Grammar:

·         Revision of se debería + infinitive

·         Introduction of  use of subjunctive for polite commands

 

 

Vocabulary:

·         Introduction of vocab for describing how healthy diets &  lifestyles are

 

Grammar:

·         Understanding & using different tenses together.

 

 

 

Vocabulary:

·         Introduction of vocab for describing  pros & cons of big events

·         Introduction of vocab for talking about volunteering

 

Grammar:

·         The pluperfect tense

 

Useful documents:

Please click here for a PDF of curriculum overview for Year 10.
Please click here for a PDF of curriculum overview for Year 11.

While this information covers a broad range of areas, please do get in touch with the Subject Leader Mrs Sansom if you have any questions.

Please click on the questions below to find out more.

Which exam board will students be examined by?

AQA

How are groups organised?

To study Spanish GCSE from scratch you must also take French or German, for which you must also have a GCSE potential Grade 6+.

The students have five one-hour lessons per fortnight.

What characteristics does a successful student have in this subject?

Successful language learners will have a ‘give it a go’ approach to communicating in the foreign language. They will be systematic in their vocabulary learning and show a willingness to get to grips with the grammar behind the language.

How will students learn at this level?

  • Learning and recycling new vocabulary and structures

  • Listening carefully to improve pronunciation

  • Participating in class speaking activities

  • Taking part in classroom games

  • Using language websites to support your learning

How will students’ learning be assessed at this level?

You will have regular end of unit assessments. We will normally assess two skills at a time, e.g. listening and writing or speaking and reading.

In Year 10, students are assessed internally at the end of each unit and during the Summer exam period.

In Year 11, students will sit their mock speaking exams in December followed by their listening, reading and writing exams in January.

Final exams take place from the end of April of Year 11, beginning with the speaking exams.

When do key assessments take place?

In Year 10, students are assessed internally at the end of each unit and during the Summer exam period.

In Year 11, students will sit their mock speaking exams in December followed by their listening, reading and writing exams in January.

Final exams take place from the end of April of Year 11, beginning with the speaking exams.

How can parents/carers support students’ learning?

Your parents / carers can help you to learn vocabulary and test you on it on a regular basis.

Allowing you to put post-it notes around your room to help you memorise key vocabulary and structures would also help, as would access to a computer or phone so that you can use online resources, such as Quizlet and Activelearn.

What equipment do students need for this subject?

No specific equipment is necessary.

How does this subject link to other subjects?

English: development of literacy skills, grammatical knowledge and proof reading.

History: cultural knowledge in a historical context.

Geography: intercultural understanding

What websites or resources may be helpful to support students’ learning?

www.pearsonactivelearn.com

www.linguascope.com

www.atantot.com

www.quizlet.com

memrise.com

dict.cc

wordreference.com

Please ask your teacher for help with logins and passwords, where necessary.

What extra-curricular or enrichment opportunities are available for students in this subject at this level?

Trips are organised when possible

The MFL Faculty offers a space to support you with your homework

What sort of careers can this subject lead to?

A language can be very useful in many different areas in the world of work as communication skills are prized in all careers. Linguists have highly transferable skills, which are in demand in the workplace.

See the following link for ideas of where a language degree could take you: https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/what-can-i-do-with-my-degree/modern-languages

What does student work look like in this subject at this level?

 

How does this subject support a broad and balanced curriculum, meeting the needs of all students, and developing traditional core skills?

  • Broad and Balanced:

    We cover a wide range of topic areas to enable students to communicate in the target language in a variety of different situations.

    We also develop our understanding of other areas of the curriculum, such as art, music, food tech, geography, history and philosophy, religion and ethics through learning about these aspects of life in the countries where the language is spoken.

  • Meeting the needs of all students:

    Our lessons are well-differentiated to ensure access for all resources are used effectively to support and challenge students. Teaching assistants are also deployed to work with students, where appropriate. Examinations are tiered so that they are accessible for all.  

  • Traditional Core Skills:

    Literacy skills are key to language learning and we develop these in our lessons when discussing grammar and language structure as well as reading and writing skills.

How does this subject promote creativity, critical thinking, practice, perseverance and resilience, and making links?

  • Creativity:

    We encourage students to be creative in their use of the language. This could be through writing a poem, creating a comic strip or poster or producing a short video.

  • Critical Thinking:

    We encourage students to consider cultural differences thoughtfully and to form, express and justify their opinions on a range of issues.

  • Practice, Perseverance and Resilience:

    Some of the best learning happens when we make mistakes or encounter obstacles. We encourage determination in our students to keep going in the face of these challenges and to explore different ways of learning and resources to support them. We encourage students to learn vocabulary and structures using all of the tools available to them and to get into a regular habit of learning language.

  • Making Links:

    In lessons, we draw on students’ knowledge and understanding from other subjects to enrich their language learning.

How does this subject encourage enrichment and the development of cultural capital, deep learning, and inclusivity?

  • Enrichment / Cultural Capital:

    Students will gain a greater understanding of different cultures and learn to comment on differences and similarities when related to their own experiences in an informed way.

  • Substance / Deep Learning:

    Language is presented and revisited in different contexts so that it is embedded. Consistent use is also made of retrieval practice to deepen understanding.

  • OPEN and inclusive:

    We promote inclusivity in our lessons by ensuring all students can access and relate to the curriculum.