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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 

Subject: AQA GCSE 8698 Theme 2 Local and Global areas of interest

Skills

Exam skills

Extracting relevant information from a range of listening texts

Using reading strategies to access authentic material and literary texts

Learning question words

Inference and deduction of appropriate responses

Extending sentences

Giving opinions in different ways to extend writing

Knowledge

Theme: 2.3 Global issues

Sub  topics                                              

The environment            Key Language , vocabulary and Gramma                                                 

Poverty/homelessness Modal verbs linked to behaviour (must/can/should)

                                          Imperative tense (all pronouns)

                                          Past tense (preterite and imperfect)

                                          Revision of subjunctive = “si” sentences

                                          Pluperfect tense to express perspective = si fuera

                                          Si tuviera que + conditional completion

                                          Hay que, es importante que + infinitive structure

                                          Verbs of emotion + subjunctive 

                                          Interrogative words                                     

Rationale

This first GCSE unit enables Learners to make the transition from Year 10 into Year 11 being confident about previous key points of Grammar and vocabulary. This represents an opportunity to revisit strategies for learning vocabulary and structures from Year 10.

 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 further 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 2

Subject: AQA GCSE 8698 Theme 2 Local and Global areas of interest

Skills

Exam skills

Extending sentences with sequences (primero, luego, cuando, etc…)

Including a variety of opinion and viewpoints

Checking accents and spelling

Learning sentences/phrases meaning the same

Dealing with unpredictable questions

Joining ideas with a variety of connectives

Knowledge

Theme: 2.4 Travel and Tourism

Sub topics                                              

Holidays and Travel          Key Language, vocabulary and Grammar                                         

Regions of Spain                Preterite tense (regular verbs + ser/ir)

                                               Irregular verbs

                                               Imperfect tense (differentiate from the                                                                   preterite)

                                              Using preterite and imperfect tenses together

                                              Using me hace(n) falta

                                              Me gusta(n) + article

                                              Present tense revision

                                              Using tú + usted appropriately

                                              Recalling how to say the time using the 24h clock

Rationale

This second 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 assessments.

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 1

Subject: AQA GCSE 8698 Theme 3 Current and Future studies and Employment

Skills

Exam skills

Revising and reusing basic vocabulary in a different context

Saying the time and describing a timetable succinctly

Giving a range of opinions + justify them convincingly

Agreeing/disagreeing with exam stimuli

Constructing a useful phrases list for revision

Using questions to form answers

Knowledge

Theme: 3.1 My studies

Sub topics                                              

School and subjects               Key Language, vocabulary and Grammar

                                                                      

 Life at school and college   Using me gusta(n) for the three tenses

                                                    Phrases followed by the infinitive

                                                    Imperfect tense revision

                                                    Comparatives and superlatives

                                                    Present tense + frequency adverbs

                                                    Future tenses (immediate and simple)

                                                     Alternatives to “porque”

                                                     Connectives and intensifier

Rationale

This unit will be used to encourage learners 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 for their GCSE exam thereby building on the key grammar points learnt in years 9 and 10

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

Subject: AQA GCSE 8698 Theme 3 Current and Future studies and Employment

Skills

Exam skills

Improving pronunciation

Omitting the definite article when talking about jobs

Extending spoken and verbal answers

Using adverbs of time and frequency

Understanding some specialist vocabulary

Using a variety of adjectives and intensifiers to describe jobs and people

Taking part in a mock job interview

Knowledge

Theme: 3.2 Education Post-16

Sub topics                                Key Language, vocabulary and Grammar                    

University/Jobs                                     

Choice of a career              Revising masculine/feminine nouns

                                                 Using tener que + infinitive

                                                 Preterite + Imperfect tenses revision

                                                 Using different verbs to talk about the future

                                                 If clauses + conditional

                                                 Using gustar/querer/poder + conditional

                                                 Using questions words (Qué/Cuál/Cuán)

                                                 Recognising and using the perfect tense

                                                 Using antes de/después de +infinitive    

Rationale

This fourth unit enables Learners to acquire key knowledge around jobs/studies and universities in Spain.This is vital for the GCSE as they are required to compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of getting a job or going to university.

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 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 for their work experience.

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

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 role-play 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 ways

                                            (creo que/pienso que/en mi opinión)

                                             Referring to other people’s viewpoint

                                             Revising the agreement rule

                                             Identifying and responding to questions (3                                                         tenses)

                                             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. Learners 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           Key Language, vocabulary and Grammar

                                                                      

Translation              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 (3 tenses)

                                   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. Learners 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 proofreading 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