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MFL

Spanish is the modern language taught to students at Newfield.  As modern linguists, we think that learning foreign languages is important and we hope to convey our enjoyment of languages to our students.

Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. We aim to foster students’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. Through engaging, purposeful lessons, we aim to inspire our students to become confident communicators in Spanish.  

Students of all abilities are encouraged to develop their linguistic competence in all four skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing.  Our teaching is based on a communicative approach underpinned by a clear grammatical structure.  The skills students will develop range from being able to communicate on holiday in Spain to having a sound base from which to study Spanish at a higher level.  We also hope to give students an insight into the culture of Spain and other Hispanic countries. Through learning Spanish, students acquire study skills which support other subjects.  

Teachers’ assessments are based on careful consideration of work across the four skill areas and we use regular tests to help us track the progress of each student.

We work closely with local universities to broaden students’ perspectives on the importance of studying a language.  We also offer a trip to Barcelona for students in Y9, 10 and 11.

KS3

In Y7, students have 2 Spanish lessons per week.  We use the Mira textbooks supplemented by a wealth of other departmental resources.  Topics studied include self and family, school, where I live and hobbies.  As part of these topics, students will also learn about Spanish phonics, adjective agreement and the present and near future tenses.

In Y8, students have 2 Spanish lessons per week.  Topics studied include food, holidays and clothing.  Students will consolidate their knowledge of different tenses and will study how to make comparisons and use superlatives. 

In Y9, students have 2 lessons of Spanish per week.  Topics include new technologies, healthy lifestyles, jobs and the environment.  Students will also look at the conditional and future tenses, the use of direct object pronouns and modal and reflexive verbs.

KS4

Students opting to continue their foreign language study are entered for the AQA GCSE in Spanish.  Students complete two pieces of controlled assessment in speaking and listening which are each worth 30% of the final grade.  Terminal examinations take place at the end of Y11 in listening and reading which account for 20% each towards the final grade.

Topics include:

  • Relationships with family and friends
  • Future plans regarding marriage and partnership
  • Social issues and equality
  • Healthy and unhealthy lifestyles
  • Free time and the media
  • Holidays
  • Your home and local area
  • Environmental problems
  • School and future plans
  • Looking for and getting a job

The course covers expressing and justifying your opinions in Spanish and discussing past and future events.  The course offers all candidates the opportunity to show what they understand, know and can do. 

More detailed information on the specification can be found at http://www.aqa.org.uk/