Purpose of study

Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education fosters pupils’ curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world. Teaching enables pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It also provides opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching provides the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.

Aims

The curriculum for languages ensures that all pupils:

·         Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources

·         Speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation

·         Can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt

·         Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.

 

Attainment targets

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the respective programme of study.


 

Spanish – Key Stage 3

Teaching builds on the foundations of language learning laid at key stage 2. It focuses on developing the breadth and depth of pupils’ competence in listening, speaking, reading and writing, based on a sound foundation of core grammar and vocabulary. It enables pupils to understand and communicate personal and factual information that goes beyond their immediate needs and interests, developing and justifying points of view in speech and writing, with increased spontaneity, independence and accuracy. It provides suitable preparation for further study.

Pupils are be taught to:

Grammar and vocabulary

  1. Identify and use tenses or other structures which convey the present, past, and future as appropriate to the language being studied
  2. Use and manipulate a variety of key grammatical structures and patterns, including voices and moods, as appropriate
  3. Develop and use a wide-ranging and deepening vocabulary that goes beyond their immediate needs and interests, allowing them to give and justify opinions and take part in discussion about wider issues
  4. Use accurate grammar, spelling and punctuation.

 

Linguistic competence

  1. Listen to a variety of forms of spoken language to obtain information and respond appropriately
  2. Transcribe words and short sentences that they hear with increasing accuracy
  3. Initiate and develop conversations, coping with unfamiliar language and unexpected responses, making use of important social conventions such as formal modes of address
  4. Express and develop ideas clearly and with increasing accuracy, both orally and in writing
  5. Speak coherently and confidently, with increasingly accurate pronunciation and intonation
  6. Read and show comprehension of original and adapted materials from a range of different sources, understanding the purpose, important ideas and details, and provide an accurate English translation of short, suitable material
  7. Read literary texts in the language [such as stories, songs, poems and letters], to stimulate ideas, develop creative expression and expand understanding of the language and culture
  8. Write prose using an increasingly wide range of grammar and vocabulary, write creatively to express their own ideas and opinions, and translate short written text accurately into the foreign language.


 

Spanish – Key Stage 4

AQA GCSE (1-9) Spanish

The AQA GCSE in Spanish develops pupils’ Spanish language skills to their full potential, equipping them with the knowledge to communicate in a variety of contexts with confidence.  Pupils’ listening, speaking, reading and writing skills are developed to equip them to understand and respond, communicate and interact for a variety of purposes.  Pupils are taught to understand and provide information and opinions about three distinct themes relating to their own experiences and those of other people, including people in countries/communities where Spanish is spoken:

1. Identity and Culture

·         Me, my family and friends (relationships with family and friends, marriage/partnership)

·         Technology in everyday life (social media, mobile technology)

·         Free-time activities (music, cinema and TV, food and eating out, sport)

·         Customs and festivals in Spanish speaking countries/communities

2. Local, national, international and global areas of interest

·         Home, town, neighbourhood and region

·         Social issues (charity/voluntary work, healthy eating)

·         Global issues (the environment, poverty/homelessness)

·         Travel and tourism

3. Current and future study and employment

·         My studies

·         Life at school/college

·         Education post-16

·         Jobs, career choices and ambitions

Listening: understand and respond to spoken language.  Pupils are taught to:

·         Demonstrate general and specific understanding of different types of spoken language

·         Follow and understand clear standard speech using familiar language across a range of specified contexts

·         Identify the overall message, key points, details and opinions in a variety of short and longer spoken passages, involving some more complex language, recognising the relationship between past, present and future events

·         Deduce meaning from a variety of short and longer spoken texts, involving some complex language and more abstract material, including short narratives and authentic material addressing a wide range of contemporary and cultural themes

·         Recognise and respond to key information, important themes and ideas in more extended spoken text, including authentic sources, adapted and abridged, as appropriate, by being able to answer questions, extract information, evaluate and draw conclusions.

Speaking: communicate and interact in speech.  Pupils are taught to:

  • Communicate and interact effectively in speech for a variety of purposes across a range of specified contexts
  • Take part in a short conversation, asking and answering questions, and exchanging opinions
  • Convey information and narrate events coherently and confidently, using and adapting language for new purposes
  • Speak spontaneously, responding to unexpected questions, points of view or situations, sustaining communication by using rephrasing or repair strategies, as appropriate
  • Initiate and develop conversations and discussion, producing extended sequences of speech
  • Make appropriate and accurate use of a variety of vocabulary and grammatical structures, including some more complex forms, with reference to past, present and future events
  • Make creative and more complex use of the language, as appropriate, to express and justify their own thoughts and points of view
  • Use accurate pronunciation and intonation to be understood by a native speaker

Reading: understand and respond to written language.  Pupils are taught to:

  • Understand and respond to different types of written language
  • Understand general and specific details within texts using high frequency familiar language across a range of contexts
  • Identify the overall message, key points, details and opinions in a variety of short and longer written passages, involving some more complex language, recognising the relationship between past, present and future events
  • Deduce meaning from a variety of short and longer written texts from a range of specified contexts, including authentic sources involving some complex language and unfamiliar material, as well as short narratives and authentic material addressing a wide range of relevant contemporary and cultural themes
  • Recognise and respond to key information, important themes and ideas in more extended written text and authentic sources, including some extracts from relevant abridged or adapted literary texts
  • Demonstrate understanding by being able to scan for particular information, organise and present relevant details, draw inferences in context and recognise implicit meaning where appropriate
  • Translate a short passage from Spanish into English.

Writing: communicate in writing.  Pupils are taught to:

  • Communicate effectively in writing for a variety of purposes across a range of specified contexts
  • Write short texts, using simple sentences and familiar language accurately to convey meaning and exchange information
  • Produce clear and coherent text of extended length to present facts and express ideas and opinions appropriately for different purposes and in different settings
  • Make accurate use of a variety of vocabulary and grammatical structures, including some more complex forms, to describe and narrate with reference to past, present and future events
  • Manipulate the language, using and adapting a variety of structures and vocabulary with increasing accuracy and fluency for new purposes, including using appropriate style and register
  • Make independent, creative and more complex use of the language, as appropriate, to note down key points, express and justify individual thoughts and points of view, in order to interest, inform or convince

Translate sentences and short texts from English into Spanish to convey key messages accurately and to apply grammatical knowledge of language and structures in context.

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 Mrs L Asher