Aims and our philosophy:

In the Spanish department we want to share with pupils our passion for Spanish and encourage pupils to begin communicating with confidence and enthusiasm. In a globalised world where Spanish is the third most spoken language, we want pupils to see the importance and relevance of learning another language and learning about other cultures.

In our lessons, we challenge pupils to communicate with one another in Spanish, to read authentic materials, to understand native speakers and to write extended pieces to express themselves.  We believe it is also fundamental to give our pupils strategies to become better independent learners. We organise a yearly trip to Spain in which pupils are given the opportunity to experience life at a Spanish school, meet Spanish pupils of the same age group and to begin practising their Spanish in language used in everyday life.

KS3 Curriculum:


Year 7

Year 8

Year 9


Year 7 Carousel


Introducing myself


My family


My school


My free time





Where I live








Shopping and daily routine


My diet and lifestyle


In year 8, our students learn to: present themselves in Spanish and engage in short conversations; give opinions on things they like and dislike and give reasons to justify their points of view; begin to write extended pieces of writing based on the GCSE criteria and build their knowledge of grammar to equip them for the Spanish GCSE. Very quickly, pupils begin building up their vocabulary through topics such as family, food and free time.


In Year 9, our students are stretched to use a wider variety of language and grammar structures. They learn to become more independent learners and express themselves using more complex and authentic language. These skills are developed through topics such as holidays, work, shopping and describing where I live.

KS4 Curriculum:

Exam Syllabus:





Controlled assessment:



Unit 1 Listening : 20%  - exam

Unit 2 Reading: 20%  - exam

Unit 3 Speaking controlled assessment: 30%

Unit 4 Writing controlled assessment: 30%


Year 10

Year 11


Relationships and choices

Free Time


Home and local area

The environment




Students study the GCSE AQA examination.  This builds on their knowledge gained in key stage 3 and enables them to meet new and exciting topics alongside familiar topics which are then explored further and in more depth.  Students continue to gain confidence in listening, reading, speaking and writing, increasing their vocabulary base and grammar understanding and enabling them to communicate more creatively.


We aim to build pupils’ confidence in their understanding and use of grammar structures, in order to enable them to express themselves in more detail. We teach pupils strategies to help them prepare for the speaking and writing assessments, reading and listening techniques to build their confidence when encountering new language. Our teaching continues to provide stimulating and engaging activities. Students are expected to consolidate their learning at home by reviewing grammar, learning vocabulary and completing all homework.

KS5 curriculum:









Unit 1 – Speaking

This is a 10 minute conversation which evaluates students’ ability to converse in Spanish on a general topic that they have chosen in advance. Students will need to respond to four questions based on a chosen topic. This will be followed by a general discussion relating to the same topic.


Unit 2 – Listening, reading and writing

This is a 2 hour 30 minute exam which includes a listening comprehension section, a reading comprehension and an essay responding to a short written stimulus. Pupils are required to write 200-220 words.



Unit 3 – speaking

Pupils research and prepare a topic to debate with the examiner on a controversial issue of their choice.  They will then engage in a spontaneous discussion in which a minimum of two further unpredictable areas of discussion will be covered.


Unit 4 – writing

Pupils complete a translation section (English to Spanish) and two essays. The first essay is a discursive essay in which pupils evaluate the two sides of a controversial topic. The final section is on one of the following areas of research: geographical, historical, aspects of modern society or literature and the arts.


There is no coursework option; this is an exam-based subject


Year 12

Year 13


Youth culture and concerns


Lifestyle: health and fitness


The world around us: travel, tourism, environmental issues and the Spanish-speaking world


Education and employment



Youth culture and concerns

Lifestyle: health and fitness

The world around us: travel, tourism, environmental issues and the Spanish-speaking world

Education and employment

Customs, traditions, beliefs and religions

National and international events: past, present and future

Literature and the arts


In our challenging AS course we target areas such as speaking with fluency, debating issues, essay writing, developing grammar skills and comprehension in reading and listening. Students are expected to work independently outside the classroom to consolidate their knowledge and understanding of these key areas.


In year 13, our students focus on current affairs, research skills, debating worldwide issues on topics such as religion, ethics and the environment. They also complete a detailed research project on a geographical region, a historical period, an aspect of modern society or they study a piece of literature and the arts.

Spanish outside the Classroom:

Each year, students studying Spanish are offered the opportunity to take part in a trip to Spain. This is mainly aimed at pupils studying Spanish GCSE but it is also opened up to pupils in other year groups. This year, we took 25 pupils from years 9, 10 and 11 to Andalucía for 4 days. During this time, our students spent the day attending lessons in a Spanish school and visiting the cities of Seville and Granada. We are hoping to set up a yearly exchange with the school in Malaga for our students.


Members of the Spanish department:

Mrs F. Loewe (Head of Spanish) (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Ms S. Taccuso (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


For further information, including trip enquiries for current students, please email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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