Health Information - COVID19
Update to parents/carers 1st April 2021 Good morning. I am hoping you have received a copy of our Easter newsletter. It is also on the website. I just wanted to stress a couple of points: • Please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if your child develops any symptoms of Covid-19 within two days of the end of term (Friday and Saturday). • LFD Home testing – please continue the routine of twice weekly testing and reporting to NHS Test and Trace. • Please test your child on Sunday evening, 18th April, or Monday morning, 19th April, so that we can isolate any positive cases before the return to school. Free School Meal vouchers have been sent out to families for the two weeks of the holiday, today. We had hoped that face coverings would not be necessary in classrooms after Easter. However, we must await an announcement from the Prime Minister over the Easter period for any decisions regarding safety measures in schools. It has been a wonderful four weeks back together in school. Thank you for your support over this difficult term. Best wishes, Paula Hearle
Virtual Open Evening - Spanish Department
Within the Spanish Department, we have three members of staff, as well as a Language Assistant, who will be with us between October and May.
There are three well-equipped Spanish rooms, each with smart board technology, as well as a dedicated area for the Foreign Language Assistants to work in with small numbers of students. At Key Stage 3, we use the Viva courses and our own “in-house” resources which ensures students can be challenged across the ability range.
Aims of the subject
The experience of learning and using a foreign language makes a unique contribution to the curriculum by taking students out of an “English” environment and allowing them to explore other life-styles and cultures. Students are taught to seek the meaning of words and sentences and will develop their communication skills by listening to, speaking, reading and writing in Spanish.
Throughout Key Stage 3, students will:
- Acquire knowledge and understanding of the target language, through the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.
- Develop grammar skills to enable students to begin constructing their own language independently with a good level of accuracy.
- Develop cultural awareness of the many Hispanic countries around the world such as Argentina, Mexico and Chile.
Overview of KS3
In Year 7, students study Spanish for 5 hours, with the possible exception of a child with specific educational needs. As most students have now begun to study a Modern Foreign Language before they join us, the first term is aimed to help the transition to secondary school, regardless of the language studied previously. Initially, we focus mainly on speaking and listening skills, putting more emphasis on reading and writing a little later on. ICT activities are also used to enhance the curriculum and to encourage students to become more independent in their learning.
What will be studied in Year 7
Year 7 students will study the following topic areas throughout the year. Grammar will be taught both explicitly and in context where it occurs, and students will be assessed in the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing.
Autumn Term: Mi vida: Greetings, personal details, months, birthday, family, physical description and pets
Spring Term: Mi tiempo libre: Hobbies, sports, weather, opinions
Summer Term: Mi insti: School subjects, days, numbers, timetables, opinions and reasons
Students often worry about Spanish lessons, particularly if they have done little beforehand. There really is no need to worry; just “have a go”! Speak as much as you can in lessons and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. It’s all part of the learning process.
Overview of KS4
Spanish is optional at KS4 and is part of the suite of qualifications, along with English, Maths, Science and a Humanities subject, that form the government’s gold standard, the Ebacc. Students who continue to study Spanish at GCSE will have five lessons per fortnight. All four skills are examined separately at GCSE. The skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing will each carry 25% of the marks. Speaking will be assessed in April or May of Year 11, whereas Reading, Listening and Writing exams take place at the end of the two years in the summer examinations. We currently enter students for the AQA exams and they will be entered at either Foundation or Higher level, for all 4 skills.
The three key themes covered at GCSE include identity and culture, local, national, international and global areas of interest and Current and future study and employment.
We build upon the foundations laid at KS3, revisiting and then extending the topic matter. Topics are geared much more towards the interests and needs of young adults. Revision sessions are offered to all KS4 students throughout Year 11, with the focus on effective examination technique.
Mrs Faye Harrison – (Head of Spanish)
Mrs Alex Griffiths-Jones
Mrs Lindsay Turner