Spanish

Knowledge of languages is the doorway to wisdom. Roger Bacon

In the Spanish department we want to share with pupils our passion for Spanish and encourage pupils to begin communicating with confidence and enthusiasm. In a globalised world, where Spanish is the third most spoken language, we want pupils to see the importance and relevance of learning another language and develop their curiosity for other cultures.

In our lessons, we challenge pupils to speak together in Spanish, to read authentic materials, to understand native speakers and to write extended pieces to express themselves.  We believe it is also fundamental to give our pupils strategies to become better independent learners.


We feel it is important for pupils to have authentic experiences using their Spanish. We now have a Spanish exchange partnership with a Secondary school in the heart of Madrid. The exchange programme is aimed at pupils from years 10, 12 and 13 and gives them the opportunity to stay with Spanish families, to experience life at a Spanish school and top their fluency and confidence in Spanish.

Students have 3 lessons a week

Exam board – AQA http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/spanish-4695

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Year 10

Relationships and Choices

Free time 

Holidays

Year 11

Home and local area
The environment

School
Work

Revision

For AQA pupils complete controlled assessments in speaking and writing in years 10 and 11. The speaking and writing controlled assessments are worth 30% each. For the speaking exam pupils are expected to speak between 4 and 6 minutes on a topic that they have prepared beforehand. For the writing, controlled assessment pupils write 200-300 words on a topic they have studied in lessons. At the end of year 11 pupils will sit Reading and Listening exams worth 20% each. 

Outside the classroom

The Spanish exchange programme to Madrid is available for pupils studying Spanish in years 10, 12 and 13. Our pupils spend a week living with a host family in the centre of Madrid. Pupils will attend school in Spain, spend time exploring Madrid and developing their cultural understanding and fluency in Spanish. Our Spanish exchange partners spend a week visiting London and spend a week at Hendon living with host families. This is an incredibly valuable and enriching experience and our pupils have really enjoyed the opportunity to make and maintain friendships with Spanish pupils. 

Progression pathways and careers

At Hendon students are able to study Spanish all the way through school to A-level standard.
Learning a language opens up to a world of careers. Students can continue learning the language at university for careers such as interpreting and translation. However, with increased globalisation in most lines of work, knowledge of a second language is certainly an asset. Spanish is useful for those considering a career in travel and tourism, business, finance and the media. It also would be beneficial for any career that involves travelling to Spain or South America

Useful links

Memrise.com – for vocabulary building at key stages
Kerboodle.com – for GCSE practice questions
Conjuguemos.com – for grammar practice

Contact

Mrs Francesca Loewe, Head of Spanish LoeweF@hendonschool.co.uk

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