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Learning Journey & Sequencing Rationale

Teaching and learning in Spanish and Italian focuses on language acquisition through developing a range of language learning strategies. The emphasis is on encouraging learners to learn, practise and apply key language and structures for a range of tasks and contexts. Languages is traditionally split into four skill areas (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and work centres on developing mastery in each skill area. Lesson activities are varied and may include exploiting a literary text for comprehension, extracting key details from listening texts, engaging in role-play or practising translation. Throughout their learning learners are strongly encouraged to make links with other languages that they know and to share this information with the class. All languages are celebrated and valued within the culture of Language Learning at Harrow High School

unit overview - autumn term 1

Subject: AQA GCSE 8698 Theme 1 Identity and culture

Skills

Exam skills

Giving opinions using  complex phrases such as comparisons and exclamations

Adapting a model

Using adverbs of frequency to say how often you do things

Recognising false friends

Knowledge

Theme: 1.1 Me, my family and friends

Sub  topics  

MFL Magic Repaso Transition unit                                         

Relationships with family and friends Key Language, vocabulary and Grammar

                                                                      Tener, Ser and Estar present tense

 

Marriage/partnership                             Present tense of regular verbs

                                                                      Possessive adjectives

                                                                      Adjective agreement and position rules

                                                                      Reflexive verbs(present tense)

                                                                      Subject pronouns

                                                                      Using the immediate future tense

                                                                      Direct and indirect object pronouns

                                                                      Comparatives

                                                                      Adverbs of frequency

                                                                      Regular verbs in present tense, direct object

                                                                      pronouns

                                                                      Interrogative words

Rationale

This first GCSE unit enables Learners to make the transition from KS3 into GCSE being confident about previous key points of Grammar and vocabulary. This represents an opportunity to revisit strategies for learning vocabulary and structures from Key stage 3.

Learners need to understand the requirements of the GCSE exam fully and that each skill is examined separately and carries equal weighting for their final assessment grade.

Learners will develop independent study skills through accessing Kerboodle at home.

In this unit, we expect Learners to understand, request and provide information about the sub topics specified above relating to their own experiences and those of other people, including people in countries /communities where Spanish is spoken.

They are expected to acquire knowledge as specified in the specification for this unit and to apply it progressively throughout the course across the topics and across the skills in order to understand the importance and relevance of transferring skills and knowledge.

 

Unit overview - autumn 2 

Subject: AQA GCSE 8698 Theme 1 Identity and culture

Skills

Specific Exam skills

Listening for specific details

Offering extra information when speaking

Working out the meaning of unfamiliar words from context

Paraphrasing techniques in translations

Knowledge

Theme:  1.2 Technology in everyday life

             

Sub topics                              Key Language, vocabulary and Grammar

Social Media                       Making comparisons using más que and menos que

Mobile Technology            Question words                     

                                               Using the perfect tense of regular verbs

                                                Había and era

                                                Using por and para

                                                Statements of possibility eg. Permitir/es possible        

                                                +infinitive  

                                                 Using estar and the present continuous tense

                                                 Formulating questions in different registers

Rationale

This unit is vital in demonstrating the breadth and range of language Learners can expect at GCSE. It allows for the early introduction to role-play and photo cards that form an integral part of the GCSE Oral component.. It introduces Learners to transactional as well as descriptive settings. This is a development from the more structured pair work dialogues in all the Year 8 Units

They will be encouraged to reuse key phrases from prior learning in their interactions with each other and with the Teacher in order to develop accurate pronunciation, intonation and to work actively on expanding their answers employing word count and specific vocabulary to be included.

There is an opportunity to engage Learners further through the use of songs, tongue twisters and phonetics in order to develop fluency as well as transcribe texts.

In order to be familiar with a variety of accents and idioms, learners will be exposed to Spanish from different Hispanic countries and be expected to transfer the phonetic skills they have learnt above to extract key meaning and confidently translate new words.

They are also expected to use increasingly accurate sentences in two tenses in order to fully prepare for the Speaking and Writing assessments in Y10 thereby building on the key grammar points learnt in year 8.

They are expected to acquire knowledge as specified in the specification for this unit and to apply it progressively throughout the course across the topics and across the skills in order to understand the importance and relevance of transferring skills and knowledge.

unit overview - spring term 1

Subject: AQA GCSE 8698 Theme 1 Identity and culture 

Skills

Specific Exam skills

Expanding your statements

Listening for positive and negative opinions

Using time words to express order

Using listening techniques

Extending sentences when speaking

Using future time phrases

Knowledge

Theme:  1.3 Free Time Activities              

Sub topics                      Key Language, vocabulary and Grammar

Music                             Using gustar and encantar                                                              

Cinema and TV           Gustar + plural nouns                     

Food and Eating out    Revising the regular present tense

                                          Some common irregular verbs in the present tense

Sport                                Learning about radical changing verbs(e-ie)                                        

                                          Pronouns after con

                                          Forming regular adverbs

                                          Using pronouns after para

                                          Using hacer and jugar in the present

                                          Further uses of gustar

                                          Using the future tense

                                          Hacer, haber, salir and tener in the future

Rationale

This third unit enables Learners to practise the important skill of sequencing their responses into a logical coherent structure and to extend sentences as overtly practised in the previous unit. This is to ensure learners are getting into the habit of systematically expanding their responses to reach the highest marks on their Speaking and Writing assessment in Y10.

This unit is designed around themes that learners can easily relate to and engage with allowing r Learners to draw on familiar contexts and experiences as  starting points.

 Learners are expected to create content providing detailed information about the sub topics specified above and relating to their own experiences and those of other people, including people in countries /communities where Spanish is spoken. In particular the unit builds on Unit 4 in Year 8, and part of the Social Media topic in Summer Term Year 9.

The introduction of irregular verbs in a variety of tenses, will help them to acquire knowledge as specified in the specification for this unit and to apply it progressively throughout the course across any topics.

They are expected to acquire knowledge as specified in the specification for this unit and to apply it progressively throughout the course across the topics and across the skills in order to understand the importance and relevance of transferring skills and knowledge.

unit overview - summer term 1

Subject: AQA GCSE 8698 – Speaking skills

Skills

Exam skills

Improving pronunciation through practice

Revising key vocabulary and structures across all 3 themes

Extending spoken answers with complex sentences

Using a variety of adjectives and intensifiers in responses

Analysing roleplay and photocard stimuli to develop appropriate answers

Predicting the surprise questions

Learning and using delaying strategies (Es una buena pregunta…)

Revising a reusing Spanish idioms

Knowledge

Preparation for the SPEAKING EXAM

Sub  topics                                              

Roleplay/Photocard                                        

Key Language , vocabulary and Grammar                                                                 

General conversation                                    

 Recalling the difference between tú+usted                                                                       

Identifying and reusing questions words

Using the present continuous to describe a photo

Expressing opinion in different way (creo que/pienso que/en mi opinión)

Referring to other people’s viewpoint

Revising the agreement rule

Identifying and responding to questions (3tenses)

Comparatives + Superlatives

Exclamations

Using complex tenses (Conditional/Perfect)

Rationale

This fifth unit will allow learners to focus on their speaking skills, paying particular attention to their pace and pronunciation in order to fully prepare for their speaking exam. Key speaking skills will be revisited and tested through the three components of the speaking exams in order to make sure learners know how to respond adequately to the varied stimuli and surprise questions.

Furthermore, Learners will gain further practise of using a wide range of tenses appropriately and accurately in preparation of their speaking exam. Learner will demonstrate use of critical thinking to decide on which tense to use

This unit will also remind Learners of the vital GCSE skill of transferring language across contexts and themes. Learners will demonstrate how to recall and use previous knowledge to facilitate this unit. This is also an opportunity to revisit mind maps and highly frequent language in order to create meaningful revision notes.

unit overview - summer term 2

Subject: AQA GCSE 8698 – Writing skills

Skills

Exam skills

Revising key vocabulary and structures across all 3 themes

Extending verbal answers with complex sentences

Analysing and responding to the bullet points in detail

Revising translation strategies vs literal translation

Using exclamations to convey emotions

Revising and reusing Spanish idioms

Proof reading for accuracy and SPAG

Referring to other people’s viewpoints

Knowledge

Preparation for the WRITING PAPER

Sub  topics                                              

Essay writing                                                                                            

Translation                                                     

 Key Language , vocabulary and Grammar  

Recalling the difference between tú+usted

Expressing opinions in different ways                                                                      

Revising the agreement rule for accuracy

Using the present tense to describe a picture

(foundation)

Using a variety of connectives

Revising the agreement rule

Identifying and responding to questions (3tenses)

Comparatives + Superlatives

Adding intensifiers and adverbs for complexity

Using complex tenses (Conditional/Perfect)

Rationale

In this last unit, Learners will gain further practise in their writing skill by using a wide range of tenses appropriately and accurately. Learner will demonstrate use of critical thinking to decide on which tense to use for their essay.

Furthermore, Learners will practise decision-making skills on how to translate using the translation strategies used in this and previous units. They will demonstrate their ability to differentiate between literal translation and adaptation in order to get full marks for their exam.

In this unit Learners will also be expected to self-assess their written work through proof reading in order to be able to critically judge and improve their own essay in an exam situation.

Time management will be practised as well as specific word counts, both of which are important to success at GCSE.

knowledge Organiser

A knowledge organiser is an important document that lists the important facts that learners should know by the end of a unit of work. It is important that learners can recall these facts easily, so that when they are answering challenging questions in their assessments and GCSE and A-Level exams, they are not wasting precious time in exams focusing on remembering simple facts, but making complex arguments, and calculations.

We encourage all pupils to use them by doing the following:

  • Quiz themselves at home, using the read, write, cover, check method.
  • Practise spelling key vocabulary
  • Further researching people, events and processes most relevant to the unit