Year 8 Curriculum


Pupils learn the basic the rules of pronunciation. They have opportunities in lessons to practise their spoken Spanish. This may be through volunteering answers in class or working in pairs. All pupils are encouraged to participate.


Pupils learn to write basic sentences about themselves on the topics we study. By the end of the year they should be able to put this information together to write several paragraphs. They are shown how to use the dictionaries at the back of their textbooks to extend their written work.


Pupils are given sentences or short paragraphs in Spanish and they have to respond in English or in Spanish to the questions asked. They become familiar with the questions words in Spanish and learn how to formulate answers, recognising that the word order may be different from English.


Pupils develop their listening skills through-out the course of the year. Part of the lesson is often conducted in Spanish but lots of visual clues and aids are used to help the pupils understand. Often a task may be explained in Spanish first and then the teacher checks in English that the pupils have understood. Pupils also listen to material on a CD and have to answer simple questions about what they have heard. Sometimes we may listen to new vocabulary on a CD to practise pronunciation.

Topics covered:

  • Greetings
  • Saying how we are
  • Giving our name, age, and saying where we live
  • Dates and birthdays
  • The alphabet
  • Items in a pencil case
  • Countries and nationalities and languages
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Pets
  • Describing eyes, hair and height
  • School subjects and giving opinions
  • The time
  • Saying what we eat at lunchtime
  • Describing the facilities at school
  • Saying how we get to school
  • Describing where we live exactly
  • Describing your house
  • Describing your bedroom
  • Talking about daily routine
  • Talking about what you do after school
  • Saying where you are going
  • Giving and understanding directions

Grammar covered:

  • Genders and the words for a, the and some
  • Agreement and position of adjectives
  • Using the appropriate from of the verb to describe yourself and other people
  • The verbs gustar / encantar
  • AR/ER/IR verbs in the present tense
  • Reflexive verbs
  • The verb ir.

Year 9 Curriculum

Pupils continue to develop subject specific knowledge, skills and understanding.

  1. Acquiring knowledge and understanding of the target language:
    • Principles and interrelationships of sounds and writing
    • Grammar and how to apply it
    • Use of a range of vocabulary and structures to express oneself
  2. Developing language skills:
    • Listening for gist and detail
    • Pronunciation, intonation and fluency
    • Asking and answering questions
    • Communicating in the target language in pairs and in groups with their teacher
    • Strategies to deal with the unpredictable
    • Techniques for skimming and scanning written texts for information
    • Improving accuracy
  3. Developing language – learning skills
    • Memorising vocabulary, phrases and short extracts
    • Using context and other clues to interpret meaning
    • Using dictionaries effectively
    • Developing independence in learning and using the target language
  4. Developing cultural awareness:
    • Working with authentic material in the target language
    • Comparing their own culture to the cultures of the countries and communities where the target language is spoken
  5. Homework to include:
    • Vocabulary learning
    • Reading comprehensions
    • Speaking practice
    • Written tasks
    • Research about the target language countries and communities.

Years 10 & 11 Curriculum GCSE

Examination Board: OCR
Specification Number: J732

Why choose Spanish at GCSE?

Spanish is the third most widely spoken language after Chinese and English. Therefore, in our increasingly global economy, it is now the most important foreign language to learn. The rules are quite straightforward and the words are pronounced how they are written. Therefore it is also one of the easiest to learn! A reasonable ability in English will help you to do well, but most important is a keen interest in learning about other people and being keen to communicate with them.

Course Details

The specification covers five topics home and local area, health and sport, leisure and entertainment, travel and the wider world and education and work. The aim of this course is to develop and encourage communication and effective understanding of the foreign language set in its cultural context.

Examination Details

Paper 1 Listening 20% final examination
Paper 2 Speaking 30% controlled assessment
Paper 3 Reading 20% final examination
Paper 4 Writing 30% controlled assessment

Listening and Reading can be taken either at Foundation Tier or Higher Tier.
Speaking and Writing are differentiated by outcome.