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Stewards Academy

Science Specialist

Spanish

Subject Intent

Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable 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 should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.

Aims

The overarching aim for MFL is to develop the breadth and depth of pupils’ competence in listening, speaking, reading and writing, based on a sound foundation of core grammar and vocabulary. It should enable pupils to understand and communicate personal and 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 should provide suitable preparation for further study.  The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure 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

Key Stage 3

In KS3, pupils are taught either French or Spanish and they have three lessons a fortnight. In Year 7 pupils are taught in mixed ability groups. In Year 8, pupils are set in accordance to their ability. There are 6 units per year.

Year 7 Unit Titles

Year 8 Unit Titles

  • Mi vida
    My life
  • Mi tiempo libre
    My free time
  • Mi insti
    Life at school
  • En casa
    My house
  • Mi familia y mis amigos
    Family and friends
  • Mi ciudad
    Describing a town
  • Mis vacaciones
    Holidays
  • Todo sobre mi vida
    Free time activities
  • ¡A comer!
    Food and drink
  • De moda
    Fashion
  • ¿Qué hacemos?
    Arranging to go out
  • Operación verano
    Operation summer

 

 Brief description of the departments homework policy for pupils in year 7+8

At the beginning of each new unit, pupils will be provided with a Knowledge Organiser by their class teacher. This is to be used by pupils for in class support and for support with their homework. The Knowledge Organiser will be used for regular vocabulary tests but will also be set additional homework tasks such as reading and writing activities.

We also encourage all pupils to complete independent study using our subscription to Linguascope.

 

 

Key Stage 4

GCSE MFL at Stewards begins in Year 9. Pupils follow the AQA GCSE French/Spanish specification. The course develops pupils’ ability to understand and communicate in the foreign language they are studying. Pupils will learn the key elements of French/Spanish grammar as well as a range of vocabulary. They will then be able to manipulate the vocabulary and structures they have learnt and apply them to a variety of contexts. Throughout their GCSE studies, there will be opportunities for pupils to develop their understanding of the culture of French/Spanish speaking countries

 

Pupils study the following themes, which will be assessed in Year 11:

 

Theme 1: Identity and culture

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

GCSE French/Spanish has a Foundation Tier (grades 1–5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4–9). Students must take all four question papers at the same tier in order to achieve a grade.

 

Paper 1: Listening

25% of GCSE

What’s assessed:

Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language.

How it’s assessed:

Written exam:

35 minutes (Foundation Tier), 45 minutes

(Higher Tier)

40 marks (Foundation Tier), 50 mark (Higher Tier)

Questions:

Foundation Tier and Higher Tier

Section A: questions in English, to be answered in English or non-verbally

Section B: questions in French, to be answered in French or non-verbally

(Each exam includes 5 minutes’ reading time of the question paper before the listening stimulus is played.)

 

Paper 2: Speaking   

25% of GCSE

What’s assessed:

Communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes.

How it’s assessed:

Non-exam assessment

7–9 minutes (Foundation Tier) + preparation time

10–12 minutes (Higher Tier) + preparation time

60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)

Questions:

Foundation Tier and Higher Tier

The format is the same at Foundation Tier and Higher Tier, but with different stimulus questions for the Photo card and different stimulus materials for the Role-play. The timings are different too.

Role-play – 15 marks

(2 minutes at Foundation Tier; 2 minutes at Higher Tier)

Photo card – 15 marks

(2 minutes at Foundation Tier; 3 minutes at Higher Tier)

General conversation – 30 marks

(3–5 minutes at Foundation Tier; 5–7 minutes at Higher Tier)     

 

Paper 3:  Reading

25% of GCSE

What’s assessed:

Understanding and responding to different types of written language.

How it’s assessed:

Written exam:

45 minutes (Foundation Tier)

1 hour (Higher Tier)

60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)

Questions:

Section A – questions in English, to be answered in English or non-verbally

Section B – questions in French, to be answered in French or non-verbally

Section C – translation from French into English (a minimum of 35 words for Foundation Tier and 50 words for Higher Tier)

 

Paper 4:  Writing

25% of GCSE

What’s assessed:

Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes.

How it’s assessed:

Written exam:

1 hour (Foundation Tier),

1 hour 15 minutes (Higher Tier)

50 marks at Foundation Tier and 60 marks at Higher Tier

 

Questions:

Foundation Tier:

Question 1 – message (student produces four sentences in response to a photo) – 8 marks

Question 2 – short passage (student writes a piece of continuous text in response to four brief bullet points, approximately 40 words in total) – 16 marks

Question 3 – translation from English into French (minimum 35 words) – 10 marks

Question 4 – structured writing task (student responds to four compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 90 words in total) – there is a choice from two questions – 16 marks

 

Higher Tier:

Question 1 – structured writing task (student responds to four compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 90 words in total) – there is a choice from two questions – 16 marks

Question 2 – open-ended writing task (student responds to two compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 150 words in total) – there is a choice from two questions – 32 marks

Question 3 – translation from English into French (minimum 50 words) – 12 marks

 

Please provide a brief description of the departments homework policy for pupils at KS4

KS4 pupils are set a topic of vocabulary learning to complete each half term on Memrise. Memrise is an online vocabulary learning tool which has been prefilled with all of the AQA GCSE topic specific vocabulary.

In addition to Memrise, all pupils in Year 10 and Year 11 are set homework from their Spanish/French Speaking Booklets. One section of the speaking booklet will be set as homework each half term.

Students will also be set GCSE exam style reading and writing activities.