FOUNDATION | EXAMINATION | ADVANCED
Welcome to the vibrant and colourful world of Spanish! As a first language, Spanish is the second most spoken language on the planet and is spoken by people in 44 different countries.
The fundamental aim of the MFL Faculty is to provide each student with a sound understanding of the basics of the target language and culture relative to their ability. This is achieved through high expectations of work and behaviour from all our students and staff, a rigorous learning process and an exciting curriculum.
During the Foundation stage of the Kingsbury Curriculum (Years 7 and 8), students study one of three languages (Spanish, French or German), depending on their form group. They gain a good understanding of phonics and learn vocabulary from a range of topics. They also acquire the basics of grammar and develop skills for effective language learning through the development of language learning strategies, embedded in the curriculum. Students are set homework once a week in the foundation stage, with a great emphasis on vocabulary learning.
Topics covered in Year 7 are:
- My life
- My hobbies (sports, free time activities)
- My school
- My family and friends
- My town
Year 8 topics are:
- My holidays (past holidays)
- My hobbies (mobile phone, music, TV, plans in the past)
- Food and drinks
- Shops and going out (including plans for the future)
- My holidays (activities that can be done, organising a trip, the future)
In the Examination stage, (Year 9, 10 & 11) students continue to study vocabulary from a range of topics, including more specialised vocabulary needed for the GCSE examination. They continue to develop their understanding of grammar and begin to focus on the specific skills needed to succeed in the GCSE course. Language learning and examination strategies continue to be a focus in lessons and homework is set twice a week. Students also have the chance to participate in our very popular residential trips to Spain as part of our Excel Day programme, a great opportunity for them to have first-hand experience of the target language culture and customs and to practice the language they have been learning since Year 7.
Students will prepare for the AQA Spanish GCSE, linear specification. Assessment at the examination stage takes place through 4 modules: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing, each of them worth 25% of the final grade. There are three themes covered (Theme one: Identity and Culture, Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest, Theme 3: Current and future study and employment). Constant feedback from the teacher is provided and rigorous data tracking and intervention is in place. Students are expected to complete homework twice a week in the Examination Stage and to use the wide variety of resources provided to revise vocabulary constantly.
For the Examination stage, we recommend the following resources:
- VIVA AQA GCSE Spanish Foundation / Higher textbook (Pearson)
- VIVA AQA GCSE Spanish Grammar and Translation Workbook (Pearson)
- Revise AQA GCSE 9-1 Revision Guide (Pearson)
- Revise AQA GCSE 9-1 Revision Workbook (Pearson)
- Oxford Learner’s Spanish Dictionary (OUP)
In the Sixth Form, students prepare for the AQA A-level in Spanish. Through the study of various aspects of modern life and current issues, using the medium of the Spanish language, students deepen their knowledge of the language and culture of Spanish-speaking countries and learn to express their views, both verbally and in written form, in a clear and structured way.
In the sixth form we recommend the following:
- AQA AS/A2 Spanish textbook (Nelson Thornes)
- Palabra a palabra New Advanced Spanish Vocabulary (Hodder Education)
Target Language use is expected from the teachers in the Faculty but no child should be left confused. Therefore, at times, the use of English is envisaged, especially when discussing the learning process and more complex grammatical points. We are very lucky to have the support of a Foreign Language Assistant, who works closely with the classroom teacher and focuses mainly on helping students develop their speaking skills.
For students about to commence the foundation and examination stages of the Kingsbury Curriculum, we recommend relevant reading in the school’s curriculum handbooks.
A programme of enrichment activities is in place as part of the Kingsbury Excel Day programme.
For more information, please contact the Head of Faculty, Ms A Mesa Masa.