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All pupils are taught two lessons of Spanish per week in Key Stage 3. If they opt to take it at GCSE Level, they have three lessons per week and in Key Stage 5 they have 11 lessons in a fortnight. There is a gradual progression in learning; in Years 7, 8 and 9, the focus is mainly on learning to communicate in simple Spanish as well as understanding and use of vocabulary about themselves, family and basic situations. At GCSE level, pupils consolidate their understanding of the language through the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.
In addition to their GCSE textbook, we use a variety of resources, which include El País (Spains main newspaper), poems and magazines thus allowing pupils to cultivate an awareness of the Spanish and Hispanic world. By accessing mainstream media, pupils also begin to develop the skills necessary for accessing an A level in Spanish where the focus is primarily on global issues. Our aim is to make pupils more independent and confident users of the language as well as to develop an understanding and sensitivity towards the Spanish and Hispanic world.