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subject overview

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

Skills

Exam skills

Give opinions/create more complex sentences which include comparisons and expressions of time

Learning vocabulary

Adapting a model

Using y(and) and que(that, which, who) to form longer sentences

Giving opinions in different ways

Knowledge

Theme:  1.1 Me , my family and friends

Sub  topics                                              

 Relationships   with family and friends    Key Language , vocabulary and       Marriage/Partnership                                  Grammar

                                                                         Tener,ser and estar present tense

                                                                          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 Keystage 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, learners are expected 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 TERM 2

Skills

Specific Exam skills

Picking out key words when reading

Offering extra information when speaking

Checking your pronunciation

Working out the meaning of unfamiliar words from context

Knowledge

Theme:  1.2 Technology in everyday life

             

Sub  topics                                     Key Language, vocabulary and Grammar

Social Media                               Making comparisons using mas que and menos    Mobile Technology                    que

                                                        Question words                     

                                                        Using the perfect tense of regular verbs

                                                         Habia and era

                                                         Using por and para

                                                          Statements of possibility eg. Permitir/es                                                                           possible      +infinitive  

                                                          Using estar and the present continuous tense

                                                          Formulating questions

Rationale

This unit is vital in demonstrating the speed 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. It introduces them to transactional as well as descriptive settings .

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 as this is a key part of the GCSE.

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 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

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 for Learners to draw on familiar contexts as a starting base..

 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.

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 - spring term 2

Skills

Specific Exam skills

Using more than one tense in speaking and writing tasks

Tips for reading questions

Using past expressions of time

Skim reading for information

Knowledge

Theme:  1.4  Free Time Activities           

Sub  topics                                               Key Language, vocabulary and Grammar

Customs and festivals in Spanish –   Learning the regular preterite tense

Speaking countries /communities    Reflexive verbs in the preterite                                                                                             tense                                        

                                                                  Using ser and ir in the preterite

                                                                  Expressing actions and opinions

                                                                  Recognising the Imperfect tense

                                                                  Hay and Habia

                                                                  Recognising irregular verbs in the imperfect

                                                                  Revising numbers                                                 

Rationale

This fourth unit enables Learners to acquire key knowledge around the most important festivals in Spain .This is vital for the  GCSE as they are required to compare and contrast Spanisg festivals with festivals with which they are already familiar .

To ensure learners reach the highest marks of the GCSE criteria, they will be encouraged to use descriptive language and formulate opinions and justifications referring to other viewpoints.

In order to reach levels 7-9, learners need to use a variety of tenses accurately and be able to differentiate between the different types of past and future tenses. To that end, learners will be focussing on the subtle nuances between the Imperfect and Preterite tenses and demonstrate they can integrate them to sentences narrating what they did at a Spanish festival.

Learners 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. Therefore, while being tested reference to past units will be made to ensure learners understand the importance of transferring knowledge and skills.

unit overview - SUMMER TERM 1

Skills

Specific Exam skills

Expressing opinions

Using quantifiers

Giving reasons to explain an opinion

Dealing with past, present and future questions

Knowledge

Theme:  2.1 Home,town,neighbourhood and region           

Sub  topics                                                              Key Language, vocabulary and                                                                                                     Grammar

Home,town ,neighbourhood  and region  Using hay,ser and estar

                                                                            Expressions of                                                                                                                          quantity                                        

                                                                            Using prepositions to say where things                                                                 are

                                                                             Further prepositions of place

                                                                             Using puedo and se puede

                                                                             Use estar to say where things are

                                                                            Using demonstrative adjectives and                                                                                  pronouns

                                                                       Revising ir and hacer in present and                                                                                 preterite tenses                                                

Rationale

In this fifth unit Learners will gain further practise in the Higher level GCSE skill of using a wide range of tenses appropriately and accurately.

Learner will  demonstrate use of critical thinking to decide on which tense to use.

They will practise decision making skills on how to translate using the translation strategies used in this and previous units. They will understand that translation skills needs to be specifically studied as translation requires learners to differentiate between literal translation and adaptation.

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.

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 2

Subject: AQA GCSE 8698

Theme 2 Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Skills

Specific Exam skills

Transferring language

Approaching language in reading texts

Learning vocabulary

Listening for different tenses

Knowledge

Theme:  2.2 Social Issues

Sub  topics                                                      Key Language, vocabulary and Grammar

Charity work/voluntary work                Learning about verbs that are followed by                                                                       the Healthy /Unhealthy living infinitive                                                                                                                                                                       

                                                                        Revising the present tense

                                                                       Using me gustaría                                     

                                                                        Recognising different tenses

                                                                        Using expressions with tener

                                                                        Expressions mejor que and peor que

                                                                        Using negative words

                                                                       Using deber,tener que and hay que            

Rationale

This sixth unit reminds 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.

In this unit, learners will be taught to use appropriate structures pertaining to formal and informal contexts tin order to request and provide information about the social and global issues relating to their own experiences and those of other people, including people in countries /communities where Spanish is spoken. As detailed in the exam specification, this will give them the opportunity to use the Conditional and Imperative tenses as well as negative structures that are key to reach levels 7-9.

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.

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.