Spanish

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head.
If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.
Nelson Mandela

Introduction

In St Bonaventure’s we celebrate languages and in KS3 and KS4 all pupils learn at least one language for 2 hours per week. We offer French, German and Spanish in all Key Stages and provide the opportunity for pupils to take examinations in home languages wherever possible. We are very proud of all our pupils who speak several languages and value their linguistic expertise.

Language lessons offer pupils the opportunity to develop listening, reading, speaking and writing skills in a creative environment in a range of ways including games, presentations, video clips, pair work, group work,  projects and on-line activities.  Pupils are encouraged to speak as much target language as possible in lessons and topics and materials are chosen to reflect the interests of the young people we teach.

Staffing

All our language teachers are passionate about languages and specialists in their field.  In addition to our Language teachers, we have a Foreign Language Assistant (FLA) for French, German and Spanish. Our FLAs run lunchtime language clubs and during lesson time provide pupils with the valuable opportunity for small group conversations in the target language.

Curriculum

KS3

Topics covered include:

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Introductions
Where I live
Sports & hobbies
School Life
Family & Descriptions
Art & Artists
Food & Shopping
Poetry
In my Town
Health & Fitness
Festivals & Holidays
Media
Project learning including case studies of target language cities, target language films etc

KS4

From September 2016 we will be following the new AQA GCSE Spanish specification.

Topics covered will include:

Y10 Y11
Identity and Culture:

  • Me, my family and friends
  • Technology in everyday life
  • Free-time Activities
  • Customs and Festivals

Local, National, International and Global Areas of Interests

  • Home, town, neighbourhood, region
  • Social issues
  • Global issues
  • Travel and tourism

 

 Current and future study and Employment:

  • My Studies
  • Life at school / college
  • Education post-16
  • Jobs, career choices and ambitions

Grammar, skills and strategies

Across all Key Stages pupils will gain a variety of literacy strategies, practice skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in the target language, and build on their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary. Pupils will learn how to:

  • understand and produce information on a variety of topics, both of personal interest as well as local and global interest, including opinions, justifications and arguments
  • understanding and producing information in the past, present and future tenses
  • use accurate grammar, spelling and punctuation.
  • understand and respond to a variety of spoken and written instructions in the target language
  • understand and respond to spoken and written information in a variety of forms, including songs, stories, poems, letters, articles, advertisements, pictures, posters
  • speak confidently in the target language with an understanding of the important of pronunciation, intonation and appropriate forms of address
  • translate meaning to and from the target language

KS5

From September 2016 we will be following the new AQA A-level Spanish specification

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/spanish/specifications/AQA-7692-SP-2016-V1-0.PDF

Topics covered will include:

Y12 Y13
 Aspects of Spanish society:

  •  Modern and traditional values
  •  Changes in the family values
  •  Marriage and divorce
  •  The influence of Catholic church
  •  Cyberspace
  •  Internet and social media
  •  Mobile phones and tablets in modern society
  •  Equal rights between men and women
  •  Women and the employment market
  • Sexism and feminism
  • Rights for gays and transgender people.

Artistic culture in the Hispanic world:

  • Modern day idols
  • Singers and musicians
  • TV stars
  • Spanish regional identity
  • Tradition and costumes
  • Gastronomy
  • Languages
  • Cultural heritage
  • Touristic landmarks
  • Pre Hispanic civilisation: Machu Picchu, La Alhambra, etc
  • Art and architecture
  • Music patrimony

Film analysis “Todo sobre mi madre” Almodovar

 Multiculturalism in Spanish society:

  • Immigration
  •  Racism and xenophobia
  • Anti racist policies
  • Integration
  • Different religions

Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world:

  • Today’s youth, tomorrow’s citizens
  • Young people and politics: activism or apathy
  • Unemployment
  •  Monarchies and dictatorships
  •  Franco’s dictatorship
  • Monarchy evolution in Spain
  • Latin american dictators
  • Popular movements
  • Protests and demonstrations
  • The unions
  • Examples of social protest (eg El 15-M, las Madres de la Plaza de Mayo, …)

Book analysis:  novel from twentieth century Spanish      literature

Grammar, skills and strategies

Across all Key Stages pupils will gain a variety of literacy strategies, practice skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in the target language, and build on their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary. Pupils will learn how to:

  • Articles Definite and indefinite
  • Adjectives Agreement Position Apocopation
  • Comparative and superlative
  • Demonstrative
  • Possessive
  • Interrogative and exclamatory
  •  Relative
  • Numerals Cardinal/ Ordinal 1–10
  • Expression of time and date
  • Adverbs Formation of adverbs in -mente
  • Comparative and superlative
  • Use of adjectives as adverbs
  • Interrogative
  • Quantifiers/intensifiers
  • Pronouns Subject Object: direct and indirect
  • Position and order Relative
  • Demonstrative
  • Indefinite
  • Possessive
  • Expression of possession
  •  Verbs Regular/irregular conjugations
  • Use of tenses: present , preterite, imperfect, future, conditional, perfect, future perfect conditional perfect, pluperfect infinitive, the gerund and the past participle Verbal paraphrases and their uses, subjunctive, conditional sentences, reflexive
  • Modes of address (tú, usted; vos)
  •  Prepositions
  • por and para