Language lessons give pupils an opportunity to understand and use Spanish across a wide range of topics. Pupils regularly work on developing their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. We also encourage pupils to gain an understanding of the differences and similarities between languages and make links to the English curriculum.

Key Stage 3

At Gartree High School pupils have a taster course of Spanish in the spring term of Year 8. Following this course, pupils can opt to study Spanish from Y9 to GCSE or to continue with French up to GCSE.

Key Stage 4

Students start the GCSE Spanish course in Year 9 and follow the AQA three-year scheme of work.

Exam Board

AQA Spanish 8698

How the course is assessed: 75% final examination; 25% teacher-assessed speaking task (externally moderated0

Course overview: The courses consist of three broad themes: Identity and Culture; Local, National, International and Global Areas of Interest; Current and Future Study and Employment. Within these themes, the courses cover a variety of topics including Technology in Everyday Life, Customs and Festivals in French and Spanish-speaking countries and communities, The Environment and Jobs, Career Choices and Ambitions. In exploring these topics students will develop their ability in all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), as well as gaining a fuller understanding of the world around them.

You can expect to:

* Develop an understanding of your chosen country and culture through the use of authentic materials including newspaper articles, poems and film.

* Improve your spoken communication, confidence and public speaking skills in your chosen language.

* Explore a wide range of topics including new technologies, social and global issues and future career choices and ambitions.

* Develop problem-solving strategies.

* Enhance your knowledge of how a language is structured.

Where does it lead?

Studying a modern foreign language will enable students to improve their communication skills and confidence, as well as allowing them to express their ideas, interests and opinions to speakers of their chosen language. It will deepen their understanding of how languages work, will stimulate their cultural knowledge and can enhance their understanding of many other subjects including English, Music, Mathematics and ICT.

Language study adds an international dimension to their choice of GCSE subjects, and is valued by future employers and higher education providers alike.

Other useful information

Achieving proficiency in a Modern Foreign Language at GCSE requires a commitment to independent study and regular revision. You can make use of a range of online resources as well as materials available in school to help you progress.