Contact:  Mrs Catherine Williamson

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What are we studying?

Students further develop their skills in understanding written and spoken Spanish and in actively using the language to speak and write.  They are expected to have and discuss their opinion on a wide range of current topics in Spanish.

They continue to develop a wide range of language learning techniques, which will aid them in learning across the curriculum and with any language they may choose or need to study in the future.

We follow the Viva series, which includes a pupil book, audio files and authentic Spanish videos. Students begin the GCSE course part way through Year 9. Students begin year 10 with a grammar, pronunciation and language learning skills refresher course and then go on to study the following modules:

Year 9/10       

Module 1

Me, my family and friends

(Identity and culture)

Module 2

Free time, leisure and technology

(Identity and culture)

Module 3

everyday life and celebrations, customs and festivals

(Identity and culture)

Module 4

The town and the countryside

(Local, national, international and global areas of interest )

Module 5

Travel and holidays

(Local, national, international and global areas of interest)

 

Skills work, exam-style practice, revision/assessment

 

Year 11

Module 6

School

 (Current and future study and employment)

Module 7

Work

(Current and future study and employment)

Module 8

Global issues, environment ethics and politics

(Local, national, international and global areas of interest)

 

Skills work/exam-style practice

 

Revision/exams

 

Revision/exams

                                            

How are we assessed?

Students will sit four exams at the end of the two year course. The examination board is AQA. Candidates will be entered for writing, speaking, reading and listening examinations. Each is worth 25%.

There are two exam tiers, Foundation (grades 1-5) and Higher (grades 4- 9).

Students’ progress in all four skills is monitored and supported throughout the course.

How are we grouped?

As this is a new option, there in just one group in Year 10 and one in Year 11.

What home learning are we expected to do?

  • Students will complete writing tasks, approximately 2-3 per topic, which are graded using the GCSE mark scheme.
  • Students must revise and learn the vocabulary and grammar presented in class and will have learning activities, including vocabulary, grammar and speaking practice.
  • All students will have a username and password for the AQA GCSE Viva online learning programme. www.pearsonsactivelearn.com. This website should be visited at least once a week.

It is much more effective to learn spellings and vocabulary for five minutes every day, rather than 30 minutes the night before a test. Learning in regular intervals drastically improves the chance of the words being stored in the long term memory and improves students’ overall GCSE grades in the final exams. If spelling/vocabulary homework is not set, they can choose ten words or an item of grammar that they found challenging to work on as well as visiting the online learning programme.

We expect students to complete between 1 hour and 1 hour and 30 minutes of home learning per week. 

What can parents do to help?

Discuss your child’s progress with them. They will receive regular written feedback and they will be able to show this to you.

  • Ensure that students learn vocabulary at home every day and support them with making flash cards and learning spellings using the ‘look, cover, write and check’ technique.
  • Candidates make extensive use of bilingual dictionaries throughout the course. It is very beneficial for them to have their own, as they are then familiar with the layout and can find words more easily. Parents could help by providing a dictionary – if possible an “easy learning” dictionary, which contains verb tables in the middle.
  • Direct students to the following websites:
  • Provide students with as much visual and audio stimulus as possible, for example Spanish magazines and films. We are hoping to offer all Year 10 students the opportunity to visit Spain. This will be a residential visit for four nights and students will benefit from a well-organised Spanish immersion course.