“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.”

Nelson Mandela

A foreign language is a good accompaniment to any other subject. Scientists, mathematicians, computer programmers, sportsmen/women, journalists – everyone planning to work with other people – should consider continuing their foreign language to GCSE. It is not just the language itself, but also the skills: good communication, understanding and respect for other cultures and increased confidence – all these are useful life and work skills; your ability to communicate in another language is a bonus!

What pupils will learn


Key Stage 3

You will be learning to speak, listen, read and write in your foreign language. By the time you sit your GCSE exams, you will be experienced in writing clear letters, emails and accounts in the foreign language, as well as speaking in a range of different situations – at the doctor’s, airport, market or restaurant, for example.

A simplified breakdown of the key stage three programme of study is provided below:

Year 7 Year 8
Half Term 1 Basic greetings in Spanish, introducing and describing yourself and others Fractions
Half Term 2 Say what you do in your spare time and talk about the weather Expressing opinions about media and technology
Half Term 3 Expressing opinions about subjects and teachers Food and healthy diet
Half Term 4 Talking about what you do in school What is your favourite restaurant and what would you like to eat
Half Term 5 Talking about activities you do with your friends in your spare time in different tenses: present and past Clothes and uniform description
Half Term 6 Describing your city and activities like going to the cinema Your ideal holiday


Key Stage 4 – GCSE

A simplified breakdown of the GCSE programme of study is provided below:

Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Half Term 1 Describing your holidays using the past tense Talking about free-time activities Discussing job preferences
Half Term 2 Booking accommodation and dealing with problems Giving an account of a holiday in the past Applying for a summer job
Half Term 3 Talking about subjects and teachers using comparatives and superlatives Describing my ideal school Talking about the environment
Half Term 4 Talking about school rules and problems Talking about plans for a school exchange Discussing healthy lifestyles
Half Term 5 Talking about socializing and family Talking about social networks Revision
Half Term 6 Talking about friends and family Recognising similar ideas expressed differently Revision


How pupils’ learning will be assessed

Languages are assessed in four skills: listening, reading, speaking and writing. There are three papers and a speaking exam to complete:

  • Paper 1: Listening – 25% of your final grade
  • Paper 2: Speaking – 25% of your final grade
  • Paper 3: Reading – 25% of your final grade
  • Paper 4: Writing – 25% of your final grade

You will have to complete all the exams during year 11. The four exams are externally assessed and only one of them, the speaking exam, is conducted by your teacher. To make sure that you are well prepared for the year 11 exams, will be assessed on the four skills termly.


Additional Learning Resources


Revision opportunities and resources available in school:


  • Friday period 6 intervention in examination years
  • Students shared documents folder in school network
  • AQA Spanish revision workbook and guide
  • VIVA Grammar & Translation book for GCSE students (available to borrow from Mr Saldana)


Online Resources:


  • Duolingo – A free, fun language-learning website and app which allows you to track your progress, level up and compete with friends.
  • – A website full of interactive and downloadable Spanish GCSE revision resources, including past papers.
  • Gojimo – A free website and app which provides access to thousands of practise quiz questions, as well as the option to track your progress, strengths and weaknesses.
  • BBC GCSE Bitesize – A range of revision materials including downloadable audio bites.
  • Quizlet – A free website with interactive revision flashcards, games and learning tools.