Spanish is introduced from Year 7. The lessons are dynamic and fun and we aim to make the language accessible to all through games and communicative activities. Our aim is that all pupils will feel confident about using everyday Spanish by the end of Year 9 and will feel proud of their achievements.
We have interactive whiteboards and digital projectors in every language classroom and a dedicated ICT suite for languages. Most Spanish audio material has been transferred onto MP3 and put onto the school shared areas so that pupils can practise their listening skills anytime. All these facilities help them become comfortable with the language and keen to learn more.
At GCSE the aim of the course in Modern Languages is to develop the linguistic skills of comprehension and expression, both written and spoken, in order to be able to use the foreign language; and to extend further pupils' knowledge of the country, its way of life and general civilisation.
Spanish is taught in an engaging way in the Sixth form, using authentic materials from the Spanish media and other web-based resources. We also use Authentik magazines which offer up-to-date news and entertainment articles. Students also have a conversation lesson with the native Spanish speaking assistant every week.
As well as classroom teaching, we tend to involve pupils in all sorts of activities: Spanish cooking, visits to a Spanish theatre group, Spanish breakfast in the local café or a flamenco workshop are some of these. In the Sixth form students are able to attend lectures and study days in Spanish and also take part in cinema and theatre visits
In Years 10 and 11 we take part in the Bristol-Pamplona Exchange. Sixth Form Spanish students have the opportunity to go to Barcelona.