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Modern Languages

Our Modern Languages Department promotes the study of foreign languages within our school community and supports and challenges our students to make strong progress in this subject area. We provide courses which are engaging, relevant and rewarding so that our students become resourceful, resilient, independent learners. 

As a school and community we have a responsibility to prepare all our students for the global future which awaits them, and what better way to get them ready for this exciting future than by arming them with the skills that a foreign language offers? 

21st Century learners must be resourceful and resilient. They must demonstrate a willingness to work independently and persevere when faced with challenges. It is through learning a modern language that we aim to embed these skills in our students. In every year group, we are developing courses which embrace new and compelling subject matter, whilst at the same time building students’ linguistic competence, promoting positivity and boosting self-confidence. We do this by the careful planning and delivery of lessons, and a flexible forward-looking curriculum.  

All students study Spanish when they enter LWA in Year 7. Spanish is a world language which increasingly finds its way into nearly all aspects of our daily life and will undoubtedly play a part in some way in all our student’s global futures. It is a language of business, the internet and of travel.

Courses in Languages

 Key Stage 4

  • GCSE Spanish(Edexcel)

 

Key Stage 3 - Curriculum Breakdown

All students from entry into Year 7 will study Spanish. During their learning journey at KS3, we prepare their foundation for success at GCSE level, and eventually A-Level. 

KS3 Curriculum – Year 7

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

Autumn 1

Phonics Festivals

  • To develop our understanding of phonics sounds and patterns
  • To develop our cultural awareness

Describing a photo

Autumn 2

Family and friends

  • To develop our use of descriptions and adjectives
  • To express positive and negative opinions
  • To develop our reading techniques and annotation skills

Reading and writing assessment

 

 

 

 

 

Spring 1

Hobbies Music

  • To develop our listening skills
  • To express our preferences and music tastes
  • To develop our cultural awareness by using comparisons

Reading and Listening assessment

Spring 2

Social Media Technology

  • To develop our use of high level opinions
  • To discuss the advantages and disadvantages of social networks

Writing and translation

Speaking assessment

 

 

 

 

 Summer 1

Shopping

  • To develop our ability to sustain a conversation whilst shopping for various items
  • To be able to form questions and develop our responses

Reading and listening assessment

Summer 2

Food and drink

  • To be able to order food and drink from a menu
  • To confidently pronounce new words and phrases

Writing and translation

Role play - speaking

 

KS3 Curriculum – Year 8

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

Autumn 1

Cinema and film

  • To develop our knowledge of Hispanic cinema
  • To develop our use of opinions (balanced viewpoints)
  • To develop our use of past, present and future tense

Reading and writing/translation exam

 

GCSE style picture description

Autumn 2

Education matters

  • To develop our descriptions related to school and school life
  • To develop our use of high level opinion phrases
  • Confidently use past tense verbs

Writing Assessment

 

 

 

 

Spring 1

Education  part 2

  • Develop our cultural knowledge about different school systems
  • Use of modal verbs

Reading and listening assessment

Spring 2

Local Area

  • To develop our use of comparisons in 2 tenses
  • To develop our use of ‘lo phrases’
  • To be able to compare and contrast features within our local area

Writing and speaking assessment

 

 

 

 

Summer 1

Local Area Cultural

  • To develop our cultural knowledge of Spanish speaking areas around the world
  • Develop our use of transactional language to ask questions and give directions

Reading and listening assessment

Summer 2

Travel

  • Asking for and understanding information in a tourist office
  • Describe the weather linked with different activities
  • Describing a picture based on a GCSE style task

Speaking - Role play practice

 

 

Key Stage 4 - Curriculum Breakdown

Students follow the Edexcel course in Spanish. Students will develop their skills in the four areas of: listening; reading; speaking and writing. Our students receive detailed and regular feedback from their teachers, helping them target certain areas of need. 

KS4 Curriculum following Edexcel Spanish GCSE - Year 9

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

 

Autumn 1

Holidays

  • To develop our ability to give developed answers about holiday preferences
  • To learn about different types of holidays in a range of Spanish speaking countries

Reading and writing assessment

Autumn 2

A nightmare holiday

  • To develop our ability to describe and narrate events
  • To develop our use of the past tense to describe previous holidays

Writing and translation

 

 

 

 

Spring 1

Festivals and cultural events

  • To develop our knowledge of popular events in Spanish speaking countries
  • To show our understanding of past, present and future tense
  • To develop our reading and listening techniques

Reading and Listening assessment

Spring 2

Sporting Events

Global Issues

  • To demonstrate our understanding of modal verbs
  • To show our understanding of cultural events around the world
  • To be able to describe environmental problems

Picture description

Conversation questions

Written assessment

 

 

 

 

Summer 1

Education 1

  • To use a range of verbs to describe our daily routine
  • To express a range of high level opinion phrases
  • To be able to discuss school life and compare with Hispanic schools

Speaking assessment

Reading assessment

Summer 2

Education 2

  • To develop our  understanding and use of 3+ tenses
  • To develop our creativity in the context of the future

Reading, listening and writing assessment

 

KS4 Curriculum following Edexcel Spanish GCSE - Year 10

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

Autumn 1

Career and  future aspirations

  • To develop our knowledge of work related vocabulary
  • To understand how and when to use formal language
  • To develop our understanding and use of the future tense

Reading and writing assessment

Autumn 2

 

Work experience

  • To develop our use of past tense
  • To develop our ability to narrate events

Writing and translation

 

 

 

 

Spring 1

Personal Identification

  • To develop our descriptive writing and use of 3rd person
  • To develop our listening techniques
  • To be able to describe good and bad role models

Reading and Listening assessment

Translation

Spring 2

Technology and Social Media

  • To develop our GCSE speaking skills whilst debating the pros and cons of technology
  • To develop our use of high level opinion phrases

Speaking and Writing Assessment

 

 

 

 

Summer 1

Shopping and Fashion

  • To show our understanding of demonstrative adjectives
  • To show our understanding of high level reading texts
  • To be able to ask and respond to questions whilst our and about

Reading and Listening Assessment

Role play

Summer 2

Food and Drink

  • To be able to order food and drink in a restaurant
  • To understand how to make complaints and discuss money

Role play, picture description and conversation questions

 

KS4 Curriculum following Edexcel Spanish GCSE - Year 11

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

Autumn 1

Local Area

  • To develop our descriptive and creative language
  • To confidently understand, recognise and use a range of tenses
  • To discuss the pros and cons of different cities around the world

Reading and writing assessment

Autumn 2

Hobbies – sports, music and TV

  • To confidently express preferences and use balanced viewpoints
  • To develop our listening skills and exam techniques

Translation and Listening assessment

 

 

 

 

Spring 1

Revision of holidays and school

  • To develop our reading and listening techniques in order to tackle GCSE style questions
  • To develop our confidence in speaking and pronouncing key words and phrases

Mock Exams – Listening, Reading, writing and translation assessment

Formal mock speaking exam

Role play, picture description and conversation questions

Spring 2

Past papers on all topics

Vocabulary revision

  • Question formation, using a range of tenses
  • Revision of key structures and tenses
  • Memorisation techniques

Completion of past exam papers

Conversation and role play practice

Picture descriptions

Writing under timed conditions

 

 

 

 

Summer 1

Formal GCSE Exams

Reading Exam

Listening Exam

Writing and translation

Speaking Exam

Summer 2

 

 

 



Term By Term Schemes of Work

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For further information on the curriculum offered please contact the Academy F.A.O Mrs E.Long - e.long@whiteroseacademies.org (Head of Languages)