We aim to promote an awareness of Spanish language and culture within the school. All Academy students are exposed to Spanish in Form 2 through our Carousel programme. Those who opt to take Spanish in Form 3 can continue to GCSE and beyond, or may drop it at the end of the year.
Academy students start Spanish in Form 2 through a Carousel programme for 16 weeks. They can then decide if they would formally like to study Spanish in Form 3. In Form 3, we follow the ¡Viva! 1 course.
Pupils follow the CCEA GCSE Spanish specification. They take examinations in speaking, listening, reading and writing. The oral component is conducted by their teacher. Students are encouraged to learn independently and to utilise technology to enhance their learning. The department uses ¡Viva! GCSE course.
We follow the CCEA Spanish specification. The AS exam is worth 40% of the final mark which is broken down into three components:
Pupils have two weekly timetabled classes with a native speaking Spanish Language Assistant, to develop their oral and presentation skills to give them as many opportunities as possible to speak Spanish.
For the AS3 component of the examination, students study the film ‘Solas’ by Benito Zambrano.
Pupils continue with the CCEA course which will contribute to 60% of their final A Level grade.
Students study ‘La casa de Bernarda Alba’ by Federico García Lorca.
In the past, Spanish trips have visited Barcelona and Valencia, as well as our successful school exchange to Asturias, North-West Spain. Students have the opportunity to experience the Spanish education system, visit local enterprises, practice their Spanish in practical situations whilst being immersed in culture.
We have welcomed speakers in to discuss components of the examination and the importance of language learning.