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: ME PRESENTO (Presenting myself) Pupils will learn to give basic information about themselves. Assessments: reading and writing
  • Autumn 2: MI FAMILIA (My family) Pupils will learn to describe their family and friends and give opinions. Assessments: listening and speaking
  • Spring 1: MI TIEMPO LIBRE (My free time) Pupils will learn to write about their hobbies and preferences. Assessment: reading and writing
  • Spring 2: MI CIUDAD (My town) Pupils will describe where they live. Assessments: reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Summer 1: MI COLEGIO (My school) Pupils will learn to talk about their school and subjects they study. Assessments: listening and speaking.
  • Summer 2: Exploration of authentic material – SONGS AND CULTURE

Year 8

  • Autumn 1: LA DIETA Y LA SALUD (Diet and health) Pupils will learn how to give their opinion about food and talk about a healthy lifestyle. Assessments: reading and writing
  • Autumn 2: MIS VACACIONES (My holidays) Pupils will learn how to describe a holiday using the preterite tense. Assessment: reading and writing
  • Spring 1: ENTRETENIMIENTO Y TRABAJO (Entertainment and careers) Pupils will learn how to talk about their free time and their future careers using different tenses including the future tense. Assessment: listening and speaking
  • Spring 2: DE COMPRAS (Fashion and shopping) Pupils will learn how to describe clothes and how to order or exchange items in a shop. Assessments: listening and speaking
  • Summer 1: LA RUTINA Y EL MUNDO (Daily routine and global issues) Pupils will learn how to talk about their daily routine and global issues. Assessments: reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • Summer 2: HISPANIC CULTURE – Exploration of authentic literary material and Hispanic festivals.

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, locality and transport. 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.