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Our Curriculum intent in Spanish is to take students on a voyage of discovery, fostering open-mindedness to different cultures and ways of life.
We believe that learning a language provides an insight to discovering the world and it is a vehicle for overcoming barriers to learning. Therefore, through high quality language learning we promote students’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of countries, people, cultures, history, literature and art. We challenge students, to consider their identity and place in the world; as well as to appreciate different ways of viewing the world.
We aim to equip students with the ability to allow them to express their ideas and opinions. Our boys will confidently respond to speakers of the language across the skills of listening, reading, writing, speaking and grammar. By developing students linguistic, communicative, intercultural as well as interpersonal skills, we strive to foster well rounded individuals ready for lifelong learning using languages as a tool for success. This will enable students to enter a more global and cooperative world, providing them with a key component of their Master Key.
For further information on the Spanish Curriculum please contact Associate Assistant Principal Nikki Ayodele: O.Ayodele2@harrisdulwichboys.org.uk
Download the Spanish Long Term Curriculum Plan for Years 7-11. An overview of the curriculum is shown below.
View and download Spanish GCSE revision resources for:
- general vocabulary development
- translation and grammar
Spanish extra-curricular opportunities
- Film club
- Cultural discovery films (Coco etc)
- Vocab express https://www.vocabexpress.com
- Duolingo online resources www.duolingo.com
- Spelling Bee
- European Day of Languages
- Spanish day
Other useful links
BBC Bitesize - http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z4dqxnb
BBC Spanish - http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/
Vocabulary practice (Username and password provided to pupils) - http://www.linguascope.com/
Grammar practice - http://www.languagesonline.org.uk/Hotpotatoes/Index.htm
Examples of work
Theo in Year 9 shows why he is the ‘King of HW’ as well as some excellent presentation and a good response to his teacher’s marking (below)
Peter in Year 10 shows in his Speaking Booklet that he will be fully prepared when the controlled assessment begins (below).
Phoenix in Year 10 demonstrates some excellent presentation and self-assessment (below).
Jerry in Year 7 shows amazing progress in his writing after just three months of studying Spanish (below).
Homework is set weekly for all groups and should take at least 30 minutes for pupils in Key Stage 3 and one hour in Key Stage 4.
All Spanish students in years 7-10 are expected to complete homework exercises on vocabexpress.com. Students have been issued with their detailed log in, including their username. The password is: spanish. The school code is: UKHBAED. Use Google Chrome and click preview new version (at the top in green).
Pupils will be expected to complete, and then bring in their Homework booklets which will be issued every half term. The activities in the booklet will include vocabulary lists to revise for vocabulary tests, activities aimed to cover the content delivered in lessons, Linguascope tasks for reinforcing key vocabulary and a “Challenge” task aimed to stretch the most able, or at least curious, of linguists.
You can see examples of homework in all our subjects in our homework portfolio.
Other helpful resources
- New AQA specifications for Spanish GCSE 2018: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/spanish-8698
- Edexcel specifications for Spanish GCSE 2017 (last year):
- ‘Mi Vida Loca’ interactive series - http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/mividaloca/
- News in Spanish - http://www.bbc.com/mundo
- Something different - http://zachary-jones.com/zambombazo/
The demand for language skills is increasing in the ever-widening global market and the mobility of the workforce means that we are constantly in competition for jobs where even a basic knowledge of another language is growing in importance and is considered a distinct advantage.
Not only does research suggest that language graduates are generally more employable than their counterparts but there are plenty of career opportunities for those who want to use languages in their profession. These include:
- International companies