Introduction to your subject

Spanish is one of the most spoken languages in the world, along with Mandarin and English, so we encourage students to learn a second language not only  in order to be more prepare for their working life but also to understand how structures and language work. On the other hand, we want our students to be able to communicate with people in non- English- speaking countries.

Intent (curriculum content)

At Solway Community Technology College the MFL curriculum across Key Stage 3 and 4 provides students with the opportunity to study a wide range of language, increasing their knowledge of vocabulary and set phrases while at the same time building their understanding of structures and how language works. This is achieved through the study and development of written and spoken language. Students are able to express their opinions on a variety of topic areas relevant to their everyday lives. Skilful application occurs when students can articulate their ideas either verbally or written through authentic use of the language they have studied. Students are also able to develop the concept of being a global citizen by increasing their understanding of the cultures where the languages are spoken.


Implementation – Students have 4 lessons of Spanish a week in KS3, and 6 in KS4. Lessons are 60min long.

Year Content and implementation
7 By the end of Y7 students should be able to talk and understand in Spanish these three topics: Me, my family and friends, Free- time activities and Home, town, neighbourhood and region
8 By the end of Y8 students should be able to talk and understand in Spanish these three topics: Technology in everyday life, Customs and festivals in Spanish- speaking countries/communities and life at school/college
9 By the end of Y9 students should be able to talk and understand in Spanish these three topics: My studies,  Education post-16 and Jobs, career choices and ambitions
10 These topics are the building blocks in Spanish, and as students move along their journey in school, each topic is built upon, and revisited, to enhance learning and form a deeper understanding.  Our students should also work in two new topics: Social Issues and Global Issues. By the end of Y11 students should be able to talk and understand in Spanish all these blocks including more vocabulary and complex grammar.


  • Our students will know they have met curriculum intention by:


  • They will be assessed informally by continuous exchange of concepts and ideas.
  • They will communicate naturally in target language in and outside of the classroom.
  • Learners must demonstrate their ability in:

AO1Listening: understand and respond to different types of spoken language.

AO2Speaking: communicate and interact effectively in speech.

AO3Reading: understand and respond to different types of written language.

AO4Writing: communicate in writing.

  • Assessments are designed to check communicative language skills in all four skills.


  • Assessments need to be continuous, self- corrected.
  • Three formal 4 skills assessments marked by the teacher per year.


  • We use the most recent trend reinforced by Dr Conti where vocabulary need to be taught in context and content needs to be constantly revisited as our Working Memory is in need of.


Link to GCSE specification(s)

The course is assessed by written exam papers; covering Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. These are all taken in May/June of year 11. Pupils in all years complete an end of topic test which builds up synoptically throughout the year.


Exam Information:

Exam Title: SPANISH

Exam Type: 4 Papers: Speaking, Reading, Listening and Writing

Exam Board: AQA