Modern Foreign Languages Department

Spanish

The MFL curriculum at The Oaks Academy encourages students to discover and develop an appreciation of another language whilst deepening the understanding of their own. Through learning a foreign language, we aim to develop cultural awareness and encourage an understanding and a greater tolerance of others in the wider world. Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing.

KS3

The KS3 curriculum provides a solid basis for transition to the skills required at GCSE level and beyond, whilst giving students the ability and confidence to manipulate and produce the target language. Students are encouraged to express themselves freely whilst giving and justifying points of view. Students are challenged to develop their resilience and work both independently and with others. Intent is for strong uptake at GCSE. At Key Stage 3 teaching builds on the foundations of language learning laid at key stage 2, whether pupils continue with the same language or take up a new one. Teaching should focus on developing the breadth of pupils’ competence in listening, speaking, reading and writing, based on a sound foundation of core grammar and vocabulary. It should enable pupils to understand and communicate personal and factual information that goes beyond their immediate needs and interests, developing and justifying points of view in speech and writing, with increased spontaneity, independence and accuracy. It should provide suitable preparation for further study. Pupils will be taught: Grammar and vocabulary:  identify and use tenses or other structures which convey the present, past, and future as appropriate to the language being studied; develop and use a wide-ranging and deepening vocabulary that goes beyond their immediate needs and interests, allowing them to give and justify opinions and take part in discussion about wider issues; use accurate grammar, spelling and punctuation Linguistic competence; listen to a variety of forms of spoken language to obtain information and respond appropriately; transcribe words and short sentences that they hear with increasing accuracy; initiate and develop conversations, coping with unfamiliar language and unexpected responses; speak coherently and confidently, with increasingly accurate pronunciation and intonation; read and show comprehension of original and adapted materials from a range of different sources; write using an increasingly wide range of grammar and vocabulary, write creatively to express their own ideas and opinions, and translate short written text accurately into the foreign language. Pupils will be assessed continuously with short vocab tests and using peer and self-assessment.   Also, there will be formal assessments and feedback to help pupils to progress.

KS4

AQA GCSE Spanish builds on the themes studied in Years 7, 8 and 9, but develops students’ variety and complexity of language so that they are able to express themselves on a variety of topics, including current social and global issues. Students will develop their spoken and written skills to a level where they would be able to deal with a range of real-life situations in the countries where Spanish is spoken. Students who choose Spanish will eventually complete a two-year course to gain a full GCSE. Pupils will be assessed continuously with short vocab tests and using peer and self-assessment.   Also, there will be formal assessments and feedback to help pupils to progress as well as a mock exam.  Data will be used to identify underperformance and pupils who need stretching to reach their target or aspirational goal.

  1. Assessment is over four exams: Reading 25%, Writing 25%, Listening 25%, and Speaking 25%.

It is a proven fact that there are NOT enough British people who speak a foreign language, and this is causing companies to lose real business on a daily basis.  Having a GCSE in a foreign language statistically makes you more likely to get a job, whether the job needs you to use your language directly or not. Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world as well as a vital tool for business and commerce.

KS3

In Key Stage 3 teaching will focus on developing the breadth and depth of pupils’ competence in listening, speaking, reading and writing, based on a sound foundation of core grammar and vocabulary. It should enable pupils to understand and communicate personal and factual information that goes beyond their immediate needs and interests, developing and justifying points of view in speech and writing, with increased spontaneity, independence and accuracy. It should provide suitable preparation for further study

Topics include: Year 7- All About Me: My World, My Opinions and Holidays.  Year 8- My Interests: Holidays Hobbies and Going out.  Year 9- Myself and the Wider World: Who Am I, Future Plans and My Childhood.

KS4

GCSE Spanish is split into 3 themes and will include a wide range of learning material such as videos, downloadable context & transcripts, authentic materials and access to language specific learning tools. Theme 1 – Identity & Culture: Relationships, Social Media, Technology, Music, Cinema & TV, Food, Eating Out, Sport, Spanish Culture & Festivals. You will describe friends and family and discuss how you get on. You will look at your leisure time and the advantages and disadvantages of new technology.  Theme 2: Local, national & International areas of interest: Home, Where I live, Voluntary work, Healthy living, Environment, Holidays & Travel, Regions of Spain. You will look at holidays and time abroad and how to book accommodation, sort out travel, excursions, and how to deal with any problems that may occur. You will also study issues that affect young people such as smoking, drugs and the environment. Theme 3: Current & Future study & Employment: School & Subjects, Life at School, University & Work, Choice of Career. You will express your opinions about school, rules, homework and your future, including different careers and qualities you may need for them! Fieldwork: Within the course, you will have opportunities to take part in a range of activities which include tasting Spanish food, making your own recipe, excursions to experience Spanish culture & Spanish film. In addition, you can develop links with other Spanish students and practise your skills whilst making new life-long friends!

Skills developed

Students will develop skills is in listening, reading, speaking and writing and will develop transferable skills, relevant to further study and the world of work. The range of topics within the specification aims to inspire students who are interested in Spanish culture and Spanish speaking countries.

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Knowledge Organisers

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Knowledge Organisers

Knowledge Organisers

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What is a Knowledge Organiser?

It is a document prepared by your teachers that summarises and condenses all the most vital, useful and powerful knowledge on a single page, that you need to remember to be successful.

If you use this document to help you when you study or revise it will help you to remember the key information and learn important subject specific words which will help you in your exams and assessments.

By using the Knowledge Organisers at home to support you with study it will help you when back in the classroom. Below is a list of potential ideas and tasks that you could follow to help with any subject. You will then need to find the knowledge organisers for the subjects you wish to study, and the topics that you are studying in class to complete the tasks below or those set by your teachers.

 

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