Half of all students study Spanish from Year 7 and continue with this language until Year 9. At the moment, we have classes in Year 7 and Year 8. We insist on a communicative and multi-skill approach to language teaching and learning, ensuring students are able to communicate effectively and accurately, hence an insistence on the teaching of grammar throughout the school. By the end of the first year of study, pupils will be able to hold basic conversations, understand basic Spanish spoken at a normal pace and be able to write extended paragraphs on a number of topics.
In Key Stage 3, students follow the Mira 1, 2 and 3 text books.
Topics covered include:
- Year 7: basic introductions, numbers, family, pets, school, sports and house/town.
- Year 8: Mi vida, films & tv, clothes and fashion, food and holidays.
Students are set homework on a weekly basis. Very often, this homework will include vocabulary learning or tasks set to consolidate new vocabulary or concepts learned in class. As parents and carers, you can help by testing your child on the vocabulary or putting post-its up around the house!
Students may be selected to take part in the annual MFL-Music-Catering event La Fiesta if they are able linguists.
We encourage our students to access Spanish language outside the classroom as often as possible. Useful online resources to support Year 7 Spanish learning include: www.hellomylo.com, www.languagesonline.org.uk, duolingo. Bilingual texts are also available in the school library and range from very basic early-learner short stories to more complex novels, suitable for native speakers or advanced learners of Spanish.