The Orleans Park Languages Department is passionate about the benefits learning a language can bring. We are committed to providing a high-quality language education, creating confident linguists through our communicative and interactive Target-Language approach to teaching and learning.
We strongly believe that Languages are a skill for life and something students should enjoy and find rewarding. Our students will develop the skills of independent, inquisitive and confident communicators with a sound understanding of the multilingual world in which they live.
Students will develop appreciation for the language and popular culture of the Modern Foreign Language that they study, whilst deepening their knowledge of their own language(s).
Key Stage 3 - from Year 9
In Spanish at KS3 we aim to:
- Build upon prior knowledge of Languages and linguistic competencies that students gained in Key Stage 2 and Years 7 and 8.
- Deliver a new language from beginners’ level using the familiar, interactive methodology as used in Year 7 French.
- Develop students’ ability to communicate, interact, understand and respond in Spanish.
- Build confidence through regular and purposeful classroom routines.
- Inspire a love of language learning through a series of stimulating topics.
- Use authentic materials (films, short clips, music, poems and stories) as a foundation to foster students’ appreciation of the Spanish-speaking world.
- Motivate students through a variety of interactive classroom activities.
- Encourage students to use their knowledge of language that they know as a tool to express what they want to say.
- Develop students’ knowledge and application of phonics in Spanish
- Develop students’ understanding of grammatical concepts, which underpin the writing and speaking tasks they will have, should they continue to GCSE Spanish
Key Stage 4
In Spanish at KS4 we aim to:
- Build on students’ knowledge of phonics, grammar and vocabulary learned in Year 9 Spanish
- Develop students’ confidence in speaking with good pronunciation in Spanish by using a familiar routine
- Enable students to recognise and feel confident in talking and writing about the past, present and future in a variety of contexts
- Provide an authentic context for learning using songs, films and literature which will engage them and give further insight into Hispanic culture
- Promote an ability to respond to spoken and written questions both with topic-specific vocabulary and transferable grammatical structures
- Develop students’ confidence in manipulating language in order to express their own opinions and experiences.
- Develop and consolidate students’ understanding of grammatical concepts, which underpin the writing and speaking tasks for GCSE Spanish
Key Stage 5
In Spanish at KS5 we aim to:
- build upon students’ knowledge of phonics, grammar and vocabulary learned in KS3 and KS4 Spanish, as well as their linguistic competencies.
- advance students’ linguistic and grammatical knowledge and communicative competencies for different contexts using a range of contemporary contexts and source materials.
- broaden students’ cultural knowledge of Spain and Spanish-speaking countries when studying the key aspects and multiculturalism, political life and artistic culture of Spanish-speaking societies.
- create communicative and confident linguists who can give and justify their opinions about a variety of contemporary social issues.
- develop students’ analytical skills when studying Hispanic literature and film.
- offer students a wide range of extra reading and films to watch to broaden their experience of Hispanic culture.
- develop students’ analytical and research skills through the Individual Research Project
Where can Spanish take me?
Languages are a facilitating subject, which develop a transferable and highly appealing skill set, such as strong communication, resilience, presentation and listening skills. Languages can open doors to a whole host of exciting opportunities for further study, travel and careers. Many of our A Level students have gone on to study Spanish at University alongside Business, Law, Maths and other languages.