Key Stage 3


In Year 7, the students begin by learning key language to introduce themselves including name, age and birthday as well as where they live and the sort of house they live in. The students cover a range of vocabulary and this is supported by progressively more challenging grammar that includes adjective agreement (masculine, feminine and plural) and present tense verb endings. As they progress through the year the sentences become more challenging, encompassing likes/dislikes, school life and telling the time.


In Year 8, the students study one main topic per term. In the first term they study food and drink, in the second term they learn and how to describe their town and area in detail and in the summer term they study clothes and fashion. The grammar continues to become progressively more challenging, and students are introduced to the near future tense. They also continue to develop their skills in expressing opinions, using connectives and speaking/writing about other people.


In Year 9, the students study one main topic per term. In the first term they study sports and leisure activities, in the second term, holidays, and in the summer term, school and work. Once again, the grammar becomes more challenging and students are introduced to the the preterite (past) tense in Spanish. More able students are also introduced to other tenses, such as the imperfect and a further future tense. The assessments this year begin to include more instructions and questions in Spanish, so that they are prepared for the transition onto the GCSE course.


Key Stage 4

GCSE Spanish


Subject Leader:

Mr Douglas


Exam Specification:

Edexcel GCSE Spanish 1SP0

QN Code:




Summary of course content

You will cover a variety of topic areas including your life, home and local environment, school life and the world of work, youth culture, free time and holidays. You will also be given the opportunity to improve your written and spoken communication skills as well as deepening your understanding of the Spanish culture and language. Lessons will include the opportunity to listen to contemporary Spanish language, music, undergo web research and use ICT to create multimedia presentations.


There are four exams taken at the end of the course – Listening,  Speaking, Reading and Writing - for which students can be entered at either Higher or Foundation level depending on the results of their practice assessments prior to the summer exams. The length of the exams (at Higher level) are:-

  • Listening – 45 minutes
  • Reading – 1 hour
  • Speaking – 10-12 mins
  • Writing – 1 hour 20 minutes

What type of activities take place in lessons?

Lessons will involve activities designed to allow students to practise all four skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing, whether working as a class, by themselves or in groups. Use will also be made of the interactive whiteboard, videos, various computer programmes and internet in order to introduce and consolidate vocabulary and grammar points. Additionally, the students will have allocated time to work with the Spanish assistant to improve speaking skills, as well as taking parts in debates and acting scenes. Time will also be devoted to exam paper practice in order to hone students’ exam technique and assess whether students are still on track for their predicted grade. In addition, there will be time given to learn and practice the new technique of translation and there will be an emphasis on spontaneous speech (rather than scripted) in all speaking tasks. Students will require use of a dictionary for reading and listening exercises at home. Textbooks will be provided.

What type of homework tasks will be set?

Students will be expected to complete both ‘learning’ and ‘producing’ homeworks.  Often they will be expected to learn words and consolidate their work from class. On other occasions they will be asked to put together the ideas, phrases and grammar from recent lesson in an extended text. 

How will it help me in the future?

Learning a foreign language is becoming an increasingly sought after skill. You do not need to be fluent in a language in order for it to help you in your career, so even if you do not continue after GCSE, you will be recognised (and paid!) accordingly. Learning a foreign language encompasses a whole range of skills which are essential for your future. Linguists learn how to communicate effectively both in their writing and speaking. You also train to listen for key details and to read using different techniques such as skim reading, reading for detail and reading for inference. All of these skills make you more employable and show a potential employer you have broad horizons.

In the shorter term, languages are seen as a strong academic subject to study and are well thought of by colleges and universities.  Showing that you have studied languages can give a wider choice of courses that are open to you.

How will this course build on what I have studied in Year 9?

You will come across some familiar topic areas but the depth in which you cover them and the way in which you are taught will be very different. There will be an emphasis on using authentic materials such as TV programmes, songs and films to help you understand that learning Spanish is not just about learning a language but also about exploring a culture.

What skills will I develop?

Confidence in speaking, presentation skills, better knowledge of grammar (in English too!), communication skills, memorising skills, identifying important parts of texts quickly (scanning), skim reading, listening skills, cultural awareness.