In the MFL department at Kingsmeadow Community School we are passionate about the value of learning languages in the world today. We believe that knowing more than one language opens doors and offers a wealth of opportunities in life.
In year 7 this year, all students follow the National Centre for Excellence for Language Pedagogy (NCELP) scheme of work which aims to give students a solid foundation in the grammar, phonics and vocabulary of the Spanish language.
The NCLEP course immerses students in Spanish-speaking cultures whilst developing students' skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing.
In year 8 students build on their knowledge of grammar, phonics and vocabulary by focusing on the following topics:
Students study the following topics:
Eating out (including Spanish and Latin American food)
Travel and tourism
My local area
The Spanish speaking world
Students continue to practice a mixture of listening, reading, speaking, translating and writing skills.
YEAR 9, 10 and 11
All students study the AQA GCSE Spanish course which builds on the foundations developed at Key Stage 3. Students follow the ‘¡Viva!’ course which is designed to challenge students to achieve their potential in the GCSE.
Students begin studying 3 themes in year 9, which they will continue studying and mastering into year 10 and year 11 in the approach to their GCSE examinations.
The three themes:
Identity and culture
Local, national, international and global areas of interest
Current and future study and employment
Over the course of the GCSE students have the opportunity to hone their examination skills through Key Assessments and a mock GCSE speaking exam before their four formal examinations at the end of Year 11:
A GCSE language helps demonstrate a strong skill set to future employers, whatever career path your child may wish to pursue.
Students will gain an invaluable insight into customs, cultures and traditions of the country/countries where Spanish is spoken, broadening their horizons and enriching their concept of the world around us.