Modern Foreign Language: Spanish curriculum

Introduction

The Modern Foreign Language (MFL) department aims to equip pupils with the skills to become lifelong learners. The learning of a foreign language is an essential part of the curriculum. It equips pupils with a practical tool for communication in a globalised world; it strengthens their ability to express themselves; it enables them to develop transferable language learning skills; it encourages them to compare foreign languages and cultures, thereby raising awareness of their own; it provides an insight into foreign peoples, countries and cultures and thereby broadens their intellectual horizons; and it equips them with the necessary knowledge and skills for future study, work and leisure.

Our specific aims are that learners:

  • Derive enjoyment and benefit from language learning
  • Recognise that their knowledge, skills and understanding help them take their place in a multilingual global society
  • Develop understanding of the language in a variety of contexts
  • Develop knowledge of the language and its structures
  • Develop knowledge of language learning skills and strategies
  • Develop the ability to communicate effectively in the language, orally and in writing
  • Develop awareness and understanding of countries and communities where the language is spoken.

 

The MFL courses develop pupils’ communicative competence in the four equally important attainment targets of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

We also aim to broaden pupils’ knowledge and skills beyond the subject specification. In particular, MFL learners are required to work collaboratively with their peers as pairs or in groups, to develop independent research skills, to develop ICT skills, to learn to organise and manage their time and resources effectively, and to become reflective and independent learners. The study of MFL at Key Stage 4 also requires pupils to explore and reflect on notions of citizenship, and personal and social responsibility.

 

Year 7

Broad topics include:

  • Phonics
  • Greetings and introductions
  • Spain and the Spanish-speaking world
  • Classroom languages
  • Self, family and friends
  • School
  • Home life
  • Around town

 

Year 8

Broad topics include:

  • Clothes
  • Holidays
  • Food and drink
  • Healthy eating and healthy lifestyles
  • Sports, hobbies and free-time activities

 

Year 9

Broad topics include:

  • TV, media & film
  • Latin America: geography, history and daily life
  • Environment & social issues
  • School, work and future plans

 

Year 10

The curriculum follows the Edexcel education board. Broad topics include:

  • Holidays
  • Around town and local area
  • Daily life
  • Leisure & free time
  • Film

 

Year 11

The curriculum follows the Edexcel education board. Broad topics include:

  • School
  • World of work and future plans
  • Healthy living
  • Social and environmental issues

We have high expectations for all our pupils and ensure that every learner is challenged and supported to reach their full potential.