Modern languages


Introduction to the subject


‘En realidad las cosas verdaderamente difíciles son todo lo que la gente cree poder hacer a cada momento’


In reality, things that are truly difficult are those that people believe they can do at any time. – Don’t leave things until the last minute!


Julio Cortázar


 Spanish can be a rewarding subject which with hard work and commitment will see you push language barriers you never realised you could!


Meeting our department

We are a dynamic department working hard to provide a positive language learning experience for all. We work hard to ensure that your proficiency in Spanish is developed through challenging and enjoyable lessons both in and out of the classroom.


Miss V Coe – MA in Advanced Educational Practice and BA (Hons) in Modern Languages with Interpreting.

Mrs C Vettese BA (Hons) in Hispanic Studies


Learning in Spanish

Spanish courses at KS3 develop a range of vocabulary in preparation for the KS4 Edexcel syllabus. Pupils will study a variety of topics ranging from personal identification, hobbies and education, to holidays and future plans.


The four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing are given equal emphasis and are thoroughly practiced using a variety of resources, including authentic material where appropriate.




Each course is divided into different modules and the four skill areas are assessed at the end of each. Pupils will complete listening and reading assessments to demonstrate the progress made, along with end of unit questions to monitor their written or spoken language.


In Year 7, in the Autumn term, the first module will cover name, age, the alphabet, birthdays and school equipment. The second module will introduce physical and personality descriptions, brothers, sisters, other family members and pets.


In the Spring term, pupils will learn about their school in their third module. They will describe their school subjects, learn the time, talk about a typical day and describe their uniform. They will start to give and justify opinions, which will enable them to reach a level 4. The fourth module is about where they live. Pupils will learn countries, nationalities, and descriptions of houses, furniture and prepositions. More work will be done on opinions and reasons.


Topics covered in the Summer term continue to extend and develop pupils’ skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening within the target language. Pupils will learn to describe the sports they do, like and dislike, what other activities they do at the weekend, and to link activities with the weather.


In Year 8, the course is divided into six topics and the first concentrates on friends and family. Pupils will be able to describe people in more detail and complete an extended interview using the present and future tense together.


Module two is centred on young people’s interests. Pupils learn about television, cinema, music and technology, and comparatives are also introduced.


In the Spring term, in module three, pupils learn to give a detailed account of holidays using the past tense. Module four introduces food and drink, shopping for food and eating out in restaurants.


In the Summer term, Module 5 covers clothing, agreement of colours and provides pupils with the opportunity to design their own school uniform using the superlative.



The course offers assessment at two levels, foundation and higher, for the listening and reading examinations taken at the end of the three year course according to pupils’ ability. Those planning to study the language beyond GCSE level are advised to take the higher papers. The written coursework is spread over the duration of the course and represents 30% of the final GCSE mark. Two oral examinations lasting between four and six minutes worth 30% of the final GCSE grade will also take place during the two year course. The course covers eight modules.


Over the course of the three years, pupils will cover a number of engaging topics. The first focuses on sports, means of communication and new technology. Pupils continue to learn hobbies, TV, film,  new technology, arranging to go out and the imperfect tense is introduced to describe what they used to do.


Next, pupils will talk about food and drink, learn about a healthy lifestyle, discuss addiction and other problems, and describe health related problems. The main points of grammar covered are adverbs, impersonal verbs, and the conditional tense.


Education follows where pupils learn to describe their timetable and their school day; to compare teachers; describe school rules and pressures. The main points of grammar covered are; the revision of present, past and future tenses, and reflexive verbs in present and past tenses.


Pupils will also study a module on the world of work and learn about household chores, pocket money and part-time jobs; they will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different jobs, and the potential problems in the work place. They will practise formal language to apply for a job and describe their work experience. The main points of grammar in this module are the use of indirect pronouns, forming questions, and contrasting the perfect and imperfect tenses.


The following module deals with tourism. Pupils learn about the weather, holiday destinations, accommodation and transport. They use the future tense to describe holiday plans, the perfect and imperfect tenses to describe past holidays and the conditional tense to describe what they could order/eat while on holidays.

Pupils will then move on to towns, countryside and regions. Pupils will learn to describe the location of a place and find their way round in a town; to talk about the advantages and disadvantages of where they live; to compare living in the countryside and living in a town; to compare where they used to live and where they live now; to describe a town/region: what there is to do and see. The main points of grammar covered in this topic are prepositions, imperatives, superlatives, difficult adjectives, and the revision of the imperfect tense. Shopping is also studied here because it looks at places in a town, directions, problems with purchases and clothing. This module revises adjectival agreements and the imperative.


In addition, pupils study a module on the environment and learn to discuss world issues, to talk about problems in their local area, to present solutions to environmental issues and to understand news stories on specific environmental problems. Negatives, direct object pronouns, modal verbs and the passive form are the main points of grammar covered in this topic.


The last module is centred on family, friends and famous people. They learn about personal relationships and famous celebrities; they use the perfect tense to describe past events and they describe their main hobbies.

By the end of Year 10, pupils will have completed two oral exams and two pieces of written coursework. In December, GCSE practice papers will also be studied in preparation of the mock examinations. Finally in the Summer term of Year 11, pupils will follow a revision program and practise GCSE papers to be well-prepared for the final listening and reading examinations which usually take place during the second week in May.


Intervention and support


We expect all pupils to attend the GCSE revision classes throughout the academic year. These will be offered prior to coursework and oral assessments but also ahead of final reading and listening exams. Parents and guardians will be made aware of these sessions and regularly updated on the progress of their son/daughter via email. Pupils should use their revision guide and workbook to revise and practise the vocabulary learnt during the lessons.


Applying your knowledge


We recommend that pupils take every opportunity to immerse themselves in the language and culture. Pupils are encouraged to watch Spanish television (available online, through some satellite providers and also a language option on some DVDs), listen to Spanish radio/music and read independently in their chosen language. Visits to Spain or a Spanish speaking country, particularly those organised by the school, would also be of great benefit to pupils.

Career paths


Languages open many doors for your future; particularly for those pupils planning to attend University as they are considered an academic and challenging subject. Career paths extend far beyond that of a language teacher and an interpreter! They can prove essential for business, travel and everyday life.


Useful Links




To download the Spanish curriculum map click HERE