MFL – Spanish


Head of Department: Mrs J Lemée-Wright
Faculty Staff: Mrs E Savory, Mrs C Gregory
Level of teaching: Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5 at The New Sixth

With some 400 million speakers, Spanish is the fourth most spoken language in the world. It is the official language in 4 continents and the mother tongue of 21 countries. Having the ability to speak another language is a lifelong skill that can broaden horizons and open doors to many new opportunities. Students with a GCSE or A Level in Spanish are also more desirable to universities and employers.

Learning a Modern Foreign Language helps students develop their interest in the similarities and differences between themselves and others. This includes broadening their understanding of other countries, communities, cultures and peoples. Learning the basics of a foreign language also helps students develop their language and communication skills and can enhance self-esteem.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

Students study a broad and varied language curriculum, which is assessed in the form of the end of module tests. Other tests may be undertaken as and when considered appropriate for example to ensure pupils have a strong grasp of vocabulary. Assessments information is used by staff to monitor progress and to inform planning.  By the end of KS3, students will learn how to write and speak in at least three tenses.

We aim to nurture a love of languages by incorporating a variety of cultural aspects in our teaching, as well as creative lessons such as creating and practising songs, rhymes, raps, and role plays. At the end of Year 9 an overall level is given for each student. This is based on performance in end of module assessments and on-going teacher assessment.

Year 7

Terms 1 & 2 – ¡Vamos!

  • Classroom Instructions
  • Greetings
  • Spanish Pronunciation
  • Numbers 1-31
  • The Spanish Alphabet
  • Days of the Week
  • Months of the Year
  • Birthdays
  • El Día de los Muertos
  • Schoolbag items
  • In the classroom
  • Christmas in Spain

Terms 3 & 4 – En el instituto

  • School Subjects
  • Saying what you do in lessons
  • Talking about teachers
  • Giving opinions and reasons
  • San Valentín
  • What you do at break and lunch
  • School food
  • La Semana Santa

Term 5 – Mi Familia

  • School Subjects
  • Saying what you do in lessons
  • Talking about teachers
  • Giving opinions and reasons
  • San Valentín
  • What you do at break and lunch
  • School food
  • La Semana Santa

Term 6 – El tiempo libre

  • Hobbies
  • Saying what you do in your Free Time
  • Telling the time
  • Talking about sports
  • Expressing opinions on what you like and don’t like to do in your Free Time
  • Saying what you are going to do at the weekend

Year 8

Term 1 – La gente

  • Hobbies and Free Time activities
  • Describing friends
  • Describing celebrities
  • Daily Routine
  • Nationalities

Terms 2 & 3 – ¿Vamos a salir?

  • Places in Town
  • Arranging to meet up with friends
  • Inviting someone to go out
  • Making excuses
  • Saying what someone else likes or dislikes
  • Adding expression to spoken Spanish

Terms 4 & 5 – Mis Vacaciones

  • Countries
  • Saying where you went on holiday
  • Transport
  • Holiday activities
  • Weather
  • Giving more details on holidays
  • Giving opinions in the past tense

Terms 6 – La Comida

  • Talking about mealtimes
  • Comparing Spanish and British eating habits
  • Shopping for food
  • Quantities
  • Spanish Markets
  • Ordering food in a restaurant
  • Tapas Tasting Lesson
  • Food likes and dislikes
  • Talking about a past meal

Year 9

Term 1 – Los Medios de Comunicación

  • Talking about what you use computers for
  • Television Programmes
  • Opinions on TV
  • Films
  • Comparing Films
  • Hispanic Cinema
  • Film Reviews
  • Music

Terms 2 & 3

  • Giving key information on your school
  • School Facilities
  • School subjects and opinions
  • Giving opinions on teachers
  • School Rules
  • After school clubs and activities

Terms 4 & 5

  • Parts of the Body
  • Describing Symptoms
  • Illness
  • Healthy and Unhealthy Food
  • Healthy Living
  • Lifestyle changes

Term 6 – Hispanoamérica

  • The Spanish Speaking World
  • Describing working conditions
  • Environmental problems
  • Famous People
  • Fair Trade


Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)

Course Code: GCSE Spanish AQA 8698
Exam Board Specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/spanish-8698

The GCSE specification is a linear course. The qualification is assessed by sitting 4 exam papers; listening, speaking, reading and writing. These take place at the end of Year 11 and are each worth 25% of the total grade.

The new AQA GCSE Spanish course is divided into 3 main subject areas called themes. Each theme is divided into 4 topics.  So the GCSE is made up of 12 topics altogether to be studied over Years 10 and 11.

Themes and Topics:

Identity and culture
Me, my family and friends
Technology in everyday life
Free-time activities
Customs and festivals

Local, national, international and global areas of interest
Home town, neighbourhood and region
Social issues
Global issues
Travel and tourism

Current and future study and employment
My studies
Life at school / college
Education post-16
Jobs, career choices and ambitions

Each skill (listening, speaking, reading and writing) is now worth 25%

Two tiers of examination are offered: Foundation and Higher. Candidates can only be entered for one tier.


Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13)

Course Code: A Level Spanish AQA 7692
Exam Board Specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/as-and-a-level/spanish-7692

Students who take this course:
Students will have a minimum of a Grade 7 in GCSE Spanish. Students will be interested in the culture and way of life in the countries where Spanish is spoken and it is likely that students will spend time in one of these countries on an educational visit or exchange. Students will need to take a positive interest in current affairs and ethical issues in general. Students could go on to study languages further at degree level and language graduates are sought after and highly employable. Languages are also enabling A Levels for a vast range of degree courses.

Course Description:

This course is a radical and exciting departure from the GCSE specification. Far higher levels of independent study and research skills are required. A more rigorous approach to grammar is a prerequisite to achieving true mastery of the language. Students are strongly advised to read Spanish newspapers as well as visiting Spanish speaking countries.

Students will gain a lasting appreciation of language and learning, an ability to comprehend Spanish in a wide range of contexts, an ability to communicate readily in Spanish for a variety of purposes, a useful knowledge of and insights into Spanish-speaking cultures (both contemporary and historic) and valuable skills for foreign travel, further education and employment.

Students will be assessed in the four skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking) and will be required to develop knowledge and understanding, through the language of study, of aspects of the society, culture and history of the country or countries where the language is spoken.

For more information on A Level Spanish, click here.

Enrichment and Links:

The Córdoba Exchange continues to strengthen and develop the long established partnership between Saint Gregory’s Bath and IES Grupo Cántico School in Córdoba.

Situated in Andalucía, Córdoba is a beautiful city recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.  It provides an ideal base for our trip, giving students the opportunity to learn about the culture of Andalucía. In addition to visiting the major historical sites in Córdoba, students take part in excursions to Seville’s spectacular Cathedral and the stunning Alhambra Palace in Granada.

Highlights of the trip include the chance to see what life in a Spanish school is like and spending a day with a Spanish host family. These experiences give students a taste of authentic Spanish life, as well as improve their linguistic competence. Students always enjoy welcoming their Spanish partners to Bath in the Summer Term, so that they can return the same warm hospitality they received in Córdoba and meet up again with the friends they made.

The Córdoba Exchange brings with it many benefits. Not only does it give students the opportunity to form and maintain friendships on an international level, but it also opens their minds to different cultures and ways of life. In addition, we find that students who take part in the exchange programme develop a love for language learning and are often inspired to further their studies of Spanish.

Furthermore, in July groups of pupils from year 9 and 10 spend a day at Bath University for a “Routes into Languages” taster day. They taste Spanish food, go on a treasure hunt as well as a range of other cultural activities that require them to put the language into use.

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