MFL – Spanish

Head of Department: Mrs J Lemée-Wright
Faculty Staff: Mrs E Savory, Miss E Hawthorne, Mrs S Hook
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.

In Year 7, students have the opportunity to study two languages from French, German, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. Additionally, students can apply to join the Mandarin Excellence Programme (MEP) providing accelerated learning opportunities in this global language.

In Year 8, students continue to study their two languages alongside the MEP programme, where appropriate.

At the end of Year 8, in preparation for Year 9, students will be asked to specialise in one language, taking their study of this subject to a deeper level as they continue their progression to GCSE level and beyond. At Key Stage 4, MFL are provided as part of our broad and balanced curriculum offer with all four languages offered as part of the options process.

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!

  • Greetings
  • Spanish Pronunciation and Alphabet
  • Numbers 1-31
  • Days of the Week
  • Months of the Year
  • Birthdays
  • Classroom Instructions
  • Schoolbag items

En el instituto

  • School Subjects
  • Saying what you do in lessons
  • Talking about teachers
  • Giving opinions and reasons why
  • What you do at break and lunch
  • School food

Terms 3 & 4 – Mi Familia

  • Naming family members
  • Saying how old others are, giving their names
  • Numbers 1-100
  • Pets, and describing pets
  • Plurals and agreements with verbs, nouns and adjectives
  • Using verbs Tener and Ser
  • Describing yourself and others, with hair, eyes, height and personality

En Casa

  • Using the verb Vivir to name the countries and towns where you and others live
  • Naming particular locations within a country and different types of home
  • Naming the rooms of the house, making nouns plural
  • Saying what you do in different rooms of the house
  • Name items of furniture and using prepositions to say where these items are in relation to each other
  • La Semana Santa

Term 5 & 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
  • Introduction to the Future tense with Voy a

En la ciudad

  • Saying what your town is like
  • Naming places in town
  • Making arrangements to meet friends to do activities in town
  • Weather
  • Linking weather to free time activities and places in town
  • Using present and future tenses together to describe what you do normally and what you are going to do at the weekend

Year 8

Terms 1 & 2 – 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
  • Introduction to the Future tense with Voy a

Terms 3 & 4 – 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 4 & 5 – La Comida

  • Talking about mealtimes
  • Comparing Spanish and British eating habits
  • Food likes and dislikes
  • Shopping for food
  • Quantities
  • Spanish Markets
  • Ordering food in a restaurant
  • Talking about what you eat normally, what you ate yesterday, what you are going to eat tomorrow
  • Tapas Tasting Lesson

Year 9

Terms 1 & 2 – 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 3 & 4 – Mi Colegio

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

Terms 5 & 6

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


  • Naming fiestas of Spanish Speaking World
  • Researching and describing what at particular fiestas
  • Understanding historical and religious traditions behind different fiestas
  • Describing costumes, traditional food and activities linked to different fiestas
  • Explaining how you celebrated/ celebrate/ are going to celebrate different events

Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)

Course Code: GCSE Spanish AQA 8698
Exam Board Specification:

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:

Recommended Entry Requirements

  • Grade 6 GCSE Spanish
  • Interest in the culture and way of life in the countries where Spanish is spoken

Why Spanish?
A radical and exciting departure from the GCSE, you will undertake far higher levels of independent study and research and a more rigorous approach to grammar. Reading of Spanish newspapers and visiting Spanish speaking countries is encouraged so you can really master the language and learn to value the different Spanish speaking cultures.

The course has four main themes:

  1. Aspects of Spanish Society
  2. Artistic culture in the Spanish World
  3. Multiculturalism in the Spanish World
  4. Aspects of Political Life in the Spanish World.

You will also study and critically appreciate in writing, two works, one of which must be literary and other may be a film.

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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