The Languages Department is staffed by enthusiastic, creative and experienced teachers. We offer pupils stimulating and dynamic lessons where key language skills are practised whilst providing opportunities to explore cultural differences. All pupils study Spanish at KS3.
The department is very well resourced with the latest course books, interactive audio-visual resources and online packages. We also employ Foreign Language Assistants to enable our pupils to have authentic contact with the language they study and to practise their auditory skills in small groups.
We also offer extra-curricular Mandarin and Japanese Manga clubs after school for budding linguists who wish to learn a second foreign language.
We offer extra-curricular visits abroad, to broaden horizons and to allow our pupils to practise their language skills in real life contexts as well as enabling them to experience Spanish culture. In recent years we have visited Valencia and Barcelona.
Spanish is a very popular subject at Key Stage 4 with pupils building on the skills they developed at Key Stage 3. We follow the AQA course which covers three main themes
- Theme 1: Identity and culture
- Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest
- Theme 3: Current and future study and employment
The three main topic areas are studied in greater depth than at KS3, with the key focus being to develop skills in Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. As well as having access to a range of materials and resources, time is built into the course to work in small groups with our Foreign Language Assistants, both during lesson time and in after school additional support sessions.
The course is assessed through final examinations at the end of Year. Pupils have 4 separate exams in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing, with each paper worth 25% of the final grade.
We offer an Exchange Programme for our Year 10 pupils to Plasencia in Eastern Spain. This involves a week-long visit to Spain, followed by a return visit from our Spanish partners, with Forge Valley parents also being involved in the English leg of the partnership. We have developed a very strong link with our partner school IES Gabriel y Galán, which we are looking to further strengthen over the coming years. This is an excellent opportunity for pupils to develop their spoken language skills as well as getting a real insight into Spanish culture.
|AQA | Spanish | Subject content | Themes
The specification covers three distinct themes. These themes apply to all four question papers. Students are expected to understand and provide information and opinions about these themes relating to their own experiences and those of other people, including people in countries/communities where Spanish is spoken.
For further information: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/spanish-8698
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