Modern Foreign Languages

Faculty: Modern Foreign Languages

Head of Faculty: Mr K O’Rouke

Throughout Key Stage 3 students are taught Spanish in ability sets. Sets 1 and 2 receive three hours a week of Spanish lessons, while sets 3 and below receive one or two lessons left to enable them to follow our Communication curriculum, which is a literacy intervention programme. Home learning tasks are usually set weekly. Four assessments are completed with sets 1 and 2 every term to track and monitor the progress of students in Spanish, whereas 3 assessments are completed with set 3 every term and 2 assessments with set 4 every term. Feedback is provided to students in terms of the skills they are working towards or have mastered. Targets for further improvement are then shared with students.

At Key Stage 4 Spanish is a subject that is taught as a GCSE option and is a subject that is counted towards the English Baccalaureate. Students that opt to take Spanish in Key Stage 4 have 3 hours a week and are working towards one GCSE qualification. They follow the AQA GCSE specification (8698) and will be awarded a grade 1-9 following their GCSE examinations in the summer of Year 11. Year 11 are presently the last cohort to follow the old specification AQA Spanish (4695) Assessments to track progress are set regularly throughout each half term. With feedback being related to GCSE criteria to highlight areas of strength and development throughout the course.

Throughout their time at Hawkley Hall, students are taught the following key skills:

  • Listening: Understand and respond to different types of spoken language.
  • Speaking: Communicate and interact in speech.
  • Reading: Understand and respond to different types of written language
  • Writing: Communicate in writing

Overview of the Modern Foreign Languages Curriculum

The topics students cover throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 are outlined in the table below:

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
7 Myself and family School and subjects Free time activities House and Home Town and types of towns Grammar, reading and topic focus
8 Holidays Barcelona Food Fashion and special occasions My life Grammar, reading and topic focus
9 Technology Healthy lifestyles School / education Work and future plans Latin American countries Grammar, reading and topic focus
10 Me, my family and friends My studies Social issues Customs and festivals in Spanish-speaking countries Travel and tourismEducation post-16 Me, my family and friendsMarriage/ partnership
11 Global issues

The environment

Career choices and ambitions Technology in Everyday Life Global issuesPoverty/ homelessness Revision and preparation for assessment Revision and preparation for assessmentGCSE exams

GCSE Exam Board Specifiction

The specification code for GCSE Spanish is AQA GCSE Spanish 8698. Click here to view the GCSE specification


Additional Information

The faculty offers extra help and support with help with homework available at lunchtimes.  Key Stage 4 intervention sessions also take place Monday lunchtime and Tuesday lunchtime and Wednesday and Friday after school.  Revision sessions also take place during the February half term holidays and during the Easter Holidays.  The faculty also runs a trip to Spain visiting Barcelona and the surrounding region.