Spanish

At Venerable Bede CE Academy, we believe that the study of a foreign language, Spanish, will broaden horizons, develop cultural knowledge and understanding and foster transferable skills such as confidence, communication, problem solving and creativity.  Learning Spanish will enable pupils to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing, focused on familiar and routine matters, using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary. As pupils advance from Y7 to Y11, their competence in the four communication skills will deepen.


DEEP Curriculum Overview

In Years 7 and 8, pupils will study, in line with our DEEP curriculum, a variety of different topics such as family, lifestyle, free time, school, town, food and holidays. Pupils will begin to develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing and translating in Spanish.  They will also be introduced to key grammatical structures to enable them to manipulate the language for communication. Therefore, by the end of Year 7, pupils will feel confident giving opinions and justifications in Spanish and using two different tenses.  By the end of Year 8, pupils will have extended this knowledge by producing and understanding more complex language and using four different tenses.  Pupils will be assessed in the four skills, including translating from and into Spanish.  These assessments will be tailored to help pupils progress and will give them a solid foundation when extending their learning in Year 9 and beyond. In GCSE Spanish we follow the EDUQAS specification.

Topics/Areas of Study

Year 7

  • Autumn 1: MI VIDA (my life). Pupils will learn to give basic information about themselves. Assessments: reading and writing
  • Autumn 2: MI TIEMPO LIBRE (Free time) Pupils will learn to give opinions about free time. Assessment: Listening and speaking
  • Spring 1: MI INSTI (My school) Pupils learn to describe school and school subjects. Assessments: Reading and writing
  • Spring 2: MI FAMILIA Y MIS AMIGOS (my friends and family) Pupils will learn to talk about family members and describe what they look like. Assessments: Listening and speaking
  • Summer 1: MI CIUDAD (my town) Pupils will describe where they live. Assessments: Reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • Summer 2: Exploration of authentic material – SONGS

Year 8

  • Autumn 1: MIS VACACIONES (my holidays) Pupils will learn how to describe a holiday using the preterite tense. Assessment: Reading and writing.
  • Autumn 2: TODO SOBRE MI VIDA (all about my life) Pupils will learn how to talk about what they do on a day to day basis including music and TV. Assessment: Listening and speaking.
  • Spring 1: ¡A COMER! (dinner time!) Pupils will learn how to give their opinion about food. Assessments: Reading and writing.
  • Spring 2 ¿QUÉ HACEMOS? (what shall we do?) Pupils will learn how to make arrangements to go out. Assessments: Listening and speaking.
  • Summer 1: OPERACIÓN VERANO (operation summer) Pupils will learn how to talk about holiday homes and summer camps. Assessments: Reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • Summer 2: DON QUIJOTE: Exploration of authentic literary material.

Year 9

  • Autumn 1: Current study. Assessments: speaking and listening.
  • Autumn 2: Self and relationships. Assessments: reading and writing.
  • Spring 1: Technology and social media. Assessments: speaking and listening.
  • Spring 2: Health and fitness. Assessments: reading and writing.
  • Summer 1: Lifestyle.
  • Summer 2: Assessments: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Film analysis: Coco.

Year 10

  • Autumn 1: Environment and social issues. Assessments: speaking and listening.
  • Autumn 2: Festivals, celebrations and food and drink. Assessments: reading and writing.
  • Spring 1: Home and locality. Assessments: speaking and listening.
  • Spring 2: (continue) Home and locality. Assessments: reading and writing.
  • Summer 1: Jobs and future plans. Assessments: speaking and listening.
  • Summer 2: World of work. Assessments: reading and writing.

Year 11

  • Autumn 1: Spain and Spanish speaking countries. Assessments: speaking and listening.
  • Autumn 2: Revision of previous topics and exam practice. Assessments: reading and writing.
  • Spring 1: Revision of previous topics and exam practice. Assessments: speaking and listening.
  • Spring 2: Revision of previous topics and exam practice. Assessments: reading and writing.
  • Summer 1: exam skills and exam practice.