Modern Foreign Languages

We believe that learning a language is an invaluable asset to all our students. Beyond achieving a qualification, the ability to speak another language offers transferable skills in the world or work, the enjoyment of interacting with locals on holiday and a deeper understanding of different cultures.

Our students are encouraged to express their ideas and thoughts in another language, co-operating with others, thus improving their social skills. Learning a language is not easy, but with patience and persistence, our students are challenged to meet the grades required for success at GCSE. Spanish is the chosen language as it is the second most widely spoken language in the world, and Spain a popular tourist destination. We are very fortunate to have a native speaker who comes into school each week and assists students with pronunciation, as well as shining a light on Spanish culture and traditions.

Jack Spencer, a past pupil who is currently studying Spanish at Chester University, also helps pupils with their speaking skills on a one to one basis. We are also fortunate to have Mrs Almonte, a Spanish speaking teaching assistant who plays an invaluable role in the department.

Each MFL room has an interactive whiteboard where pupils are given the opportunity to develop their language skills. We also use digital voice recorders and digital cameras so that pupils can perfect their Spanish speaking skill.


Key Stage 3 Curriculum

All pupils are taught Spanish from Year 7 onwards and have two hours a week on their timetable. We use Mira Express 1 and 2 which comes with its own interactive course. Pupils are set a learning task every week and assessments occur at the end of each 8 week unit.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
  1. Vamos – Let’s Go
  2. En el instituto – In School
  3. Mi familia – My Family
  4. En casa – At Home
  1. El tiempo libre – My Free Time
  2. En la ciudad – In the City
  3. Mi vida – My Life
  4. Diviertate – Have Fun
  1. Mis Vacaciones – My Holidays
  2. La comida – Food
  3. De moda – In Fashion
  4. La salud – Health
  5. De vacaciones – On Holiday

We provide homework club for our KS3 pupils in classrooms where staff and resources are available. Younger pupils are also encouraged to compete in the inter form Spanish Spelling Bee.

Students will be assessed at the end of each unit of work to monitor progress and identify areas that require future development.


Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Pupils will continue to study Spanish to GCSE level and will sit 4 examinations at the end of Year 11. The examinations are spread across the four equally weighted skills-Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. We use Viva, which also comes with its own interactive course.

What you will study:

  1. Las vacaciones – Holidays
  2. En el insti – School Life
  3. Mi gente – Relationships
  4. Intereses – Free time
  5. Mi region – My Area
  6. A comer – Food and Drink
  7. Trabajos – Study and Employment
  8. Un mundo mejor – Global Issues

Pupils in KS4 are expected to attend intervention classes after school. Students will be assessed at the end of each unit of work to monitor progress and identify areas that require future development.