Ms S Francis – Curriculum Leader
Ms A Macmahon – Teacher of MFL
Mrs L Greaves – Teacher of MFL
Mrs Z Donnelly – Teacher of EAL
Ms J Iwanowicz – MFL/EAL TA
Ms A Martinez – Cluster MFL Teacher
OFSTED July 2013
‘Students’ achievement in modern foreign languages is good’
‘Attainment in Spanish is significantly above average’
Why study a Language?
– A life skill
– Communication skills and adaptability
– Cultural awareness
– A sense of achievement
– Social skill
– The edge in the job market
– Greater opportunities to travel and work abroad
– Languages combine well with virtually any subject for further study
– Cognitive skills – developing memory techniques
English is not enough – with the world developing rapidly Mandarin Chinese and Spanish are the most widely spoken and are essential in the current work climate.
What will I learn?
KEY STAGE 3
Students are taught in mixed ability form groups and throughout the year will learn about:
– Describing yourself and others
– Greetings, basic introductions, alphabet and numbers
– School and daily life in school
– Where I live
There is a grammar focus on the Present tense to ensure all students are competent before going into Year 8. We use the Mira 1 textbook where applicable.
We also focus on developing independent study skills, vocabulary learning and phonics.
Students are placed in sets after assessments throughout Year 7 in addition to teacher assessment. Students will learn about:
– Freetime and the media
– Healthy lifestyles
– Hispanic life, cultures and customs
There is a grammar focus on the Preterite and immediate future tenses to ensure all students are competent before going into Year 8. We use the Mira 2 Express textbook where applicable.
Pupils are taught in sets.
Sets 1 and 2 – 3 hours of Spanish a week. (Set 1 to trial a 6 week course of French)
Sets 3 and 4 – 2 hours of Spanish a week.
Students will learn about:
– The Spanish world
– Education and work
– Home and Environment
Students begin to learn the skills to succeed at GCSE by completing GCSE Style tasks.
Students are assessed in 4 Attainment Targets
AT1 – Listening
AT2 – Speaking
AT3 – Reading
AT 4 – Writing
Assessment is continuous throughout the each term with 2 skills assessed formally each half term. An overall level is given each half term averaged against the 4 AT’s.
Students follow the AQA Spanish GCSE (Full course) and taught in mixed ability groups.
Spanish GCSE is broken down into 4 parts and assessed as following:
|Unit 1 Listening (20%)||Final examination at the end of the course, examined in 2 tiers- Foundation ( Grades C-F)- Higher (Grades A*-D)|
|Unit 2 Reading (20%)||Final examination at the end of the course, examined in 2 tiers- Foundation ( Grades C-F)- Higher (Grades A*-D)|
|Unit 3 Speaking (30%)||Controlled Assessment – speaking examinations conducted in school.A total of 2 assessments to be completed worth 15% each.|
|Unit 4 Writing (30%)||Controlled Assessment – writing examinations conducted in the classroom.A total of 2 assessments to be completed worth 15% each.|
GCSE French is also offered as an optional subject and follow the AQA GCSE French (full course) specification.
– Health and Relationships
– Education and Work
– Home and Environment
– Freetime and the Media
Students are assessed throughout the Year 10 and 11 with mock examinations in listening and reading every half term.
In Year 10 Students will complete 2 written Controlled Assessments and 1 Speaking assessment.
In Year 11 Students will complete 1 further written assessment and 2 more speaking assessments.
Homework is set weekly in a variety of tasks through vocabulary learning, reading and writing tasks.
– Year 8 Barcelona Immersion visit (May Half Term)
– Spanish surgery – Thursday after school
– Film Club
– Tapas visits
– Adopt a Class scheme with Leeds Beckett University
– Routes into Languages – Year 7 Spelling Bee
– European Day of Languages
EXTRA CURRICULAR EVENTS
Year 8 Spanish Drama Workshop with Leeds Beckett University
As part of a project funded by routes into Languages 30 Year 8 Students ventured to Leeds Beckett University to work with 4th Year Language Students and a Spanish professor on recreating some of the legendary work of ‘Don Quixote’ written by Cervantes.
This was a wonderful day which all students enjoyed and profited from learning and speaking Spanish in a literary context, something that will support them greatly moving into the new GCSE Specification.
43 Year 10 students recently visited the Madrid, Capital City of Spain, in the October half term.
This formed part of the cultural experience to studying GCSE Spanish.
After 24 hours of coach and ferry travel, we arrived at the centre and the first thing we did was shop! Throughout the week, we got to see some amazing sites from the art galleries of ‘El Prado’ and ‘La Reína Sofía’, to visiting the Royal Palace and Gardens through to the Zoo and most importantly (of course) the Bernabeu Stadium.
Photos of this trip can be seen in the Media section of the website.
It was a fantastic visit and we can’t wait to return!