Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. Our aim is to broaden pupils’ horizons and encourage them to step beyond familiar cultural boundaries and develop new ways of seeing the world. Our teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.
Pupils should develop a competency that is both broad and deep in the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing based on a sound foundation of core grammar, vocabulary and phonics. They should also be able to understand and communicate personal and factual information that goes beyond their immediate needs and interests, developing and justifying points of view in speech and writing, with increased spontaneity, independence and accuracy.
Critical learning, high frequency language and key communicative functions are revisited receptively and productively many times as we progress through the curriculum. For example when learning how to describe activities done on a past holiday in French/German, we need to revisit previous teaching on how to conjugate the verbs ‘avoir and être’/’haben and sein’ in all forms.’ In Spanish, when talking about food and drink and using the idiom ‘tener hambre/sed’ we need to revisit the present tense of the irregular verb ‘tener’.
Our ultimate goal is to develop students that are independent and resilient with aspirations beyond the boundaries of the local area. We aim to inspire the students to value diversity, learn about other communities and cultures and continue learning when they leave the Academy.
Rossington All Saints Academy values in Modern Foreign Languages
Community: living in a globalized multi-cultural world knowing a foreign language is useful. It enables one to understand other cultures, appreciate diversity and communicate well with people from other countries.
Aspirations: experience life in its fullness, foster a love of travel and desire to live and work in other countries and become aware of the benefits that learning a language can bring.
Resilience: gaining the confidence to communicate with others, foster enjoyment, resilience and independence therefore becoming an open-minded responsible citizen.
Excellence: having a deeper understanding of the world in its entirety will enable our young people to flourish in our fast moving society.
KS4 Qualification: Spanish
Exam board: AQA
Each skill (listening, reading, speaking and writing) counts for 25% of the final GCSE grade and will be examined at the end of Year 11. All four exams cover all topic areas.
Listening paper— 35 minute exam (F tier), 45 minute exam (H tier)
Reading paper—45 minutes (F tier), 1hr (H tier)
Speaking exam— 7-9 minutes (F tier), 10-12 minutes (H tier). Role-play, photo card and conversation.
Link to Exam board specifications:
Students of all abilities with an interest in the Spanish culture as well as the language will be interested in this course. Students who wish to work in industries such as Business, Leisure, Travel and Hospitality sectors will find this subject a valuable asset as Spanish is the second world language in international communication and the third as an international language of politics, economics and culture.
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