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Stratford Girls' Grammar School Stratford-Upon-Avon
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Spanish

All lessons feature a variety of listening, speaking, reading, writing and translation tasks.

Key Stage 3

Year 8 and 9 use Mira Express and subscription websites to practise language.

· In Year 8 Spanish, pupils are introduced to the language by covering basic concepts such as present tense verb endings, pronouns and adjectival agreements. Topics covered include: greetings/introductions, schools and family, and they will soon be covering topics dealing with leisure activities, home and local area.

· In Y9 Spanish, pupils develop the basic concepts already introduced in Y8, such as the present tense, verbal and adjectival agreement and pronouns. In addition, Y9 also cover the past and the future tenses. Topics covered include: food, shopping, leisure activities and holidays. Pupils can understand and respond to passages relating to the topics covered, and work out the meaning of some words according to context. They can also take part in simple conversations with cues and write longer passages, structuring their ideas into paragraphs by using appropriate linking words, applying their grammatical knowledge and providing both factual information and personal reactions.

Key Stage 4

Year 10 and 11 use a combination of ¡Viva! text resources, Activelearn on-line and EXAMPRO (AQA on-line exam question practice). We also have dedicated grammar and revision resources to ensure accuracy and exam technique are practised regularly.

Students in Key Stage 3 and 4 have summative Assessments every term, with formative Progress Checks as a regular feature in lessons to monitor progress and inform planning and teaching. This provides students with an opportunity to experience and hone the skills necessary to succeed in the Linear exams in GCSE and A Level.

Key Stage 5

Students access the course using the AQA approved Hodder textbook and related resources – this includes a textbook, and access to the digital platform Dynamic Learning. The course covers both contemporary and cultural themes, and students also complete an Individual Research Project that forms the basis for the presentation and discussion in the A Level Speaking exam.

As part of the contemporary themes, students will cover:

§ Theme 1: Aspects of Hispanic society (e.g. traditional vs contemporary values, technology, gender equality, etc).

§ Theme 2: Artistic culture in the Hispanic world (e.g. role-models in film, music and sports, regional identity in Spain, cultural heritage).

§ Theme 3: Multiculturalism in Hispanic society (e.g. immigration, racism, indigenous communities in Latin America etc).

§ Theme 4: Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world (e.g. the Monarchy, political activism, etc).

As part of the contemporary themes, students will cover:

§ The study of a play: The House of Bernarda Alba, by Federico García Lorca.

§ The study of a film: Pan’s Labyrinth, by Guillermo del Toro