Mrs C Solentini – Subject Head – Spanish
Mrs V Loxley – French & Spanish (Acting Head of Spanish)
Mrs C Ascough – French & Spanish
Miss E Waring – French & Spanish
Miss C Surridge – French
Spanish is taught as a GCSE subject from Year 9 in four well-equipped classrooms using the media of interactive whiteboards, media player and software featuring cutting edge learning resources. Use of web-based material is well employed across the department. Students make use of resources books and the Spanish KS4 books are all fully interactive and accessed at home via the school website.
Key Stage 4
Students in Year 9 follow an accelerated programme of study covering the basics of the Spanish language and grammar. Students follow the AQA GCSE Syllabus undertaking Controlled Assessment tasks in Years 10 and 11 and a final examination in Listening and Reading in Year 11. Students are entered for each skill at either Foundation or Higher level according to their ability.
Beyond the classroom the languages department organises trips abroad every year. Currently there is a week long study visit to Salamanca in Spain for Year 10.
Key Stage 5
Spanish follows the AQA Specification at AS and A2 Level. The Programme of Study can be found in the Student Handbook and is downloadable here – Year 12 – Year 13. The 2 cultural topics studied at A2 level will vary according to the group. They may include a film, book, period of history or a region.
There is a study visit to Salamanca in Spain in Year 12.
It is not necessary for parents to have learnt a language in order to help their child progress in this subject. We very much appreciate support in helping to learn vocabulary and checking that homework is completed on time. Our purchase of web based coursebooks has been, in part, informed by the importance of parents feeling able to support their child’s learning. Your child’s teacher will be pleased to inform you of any other way that you can help him/her to maximise his/her potential.
As much Language work involves Listening, Speaking and Reading, homework will come in a variety of forms; listening, learning and reading as well as written work in exercise books. In KS4, homework will often involve important learning for the Controlled Assessment pieces.