Spanish (optional subject for Key Stage 4, tourism at Key Stage 5)
Did you know that our planet has over 6 billion people who speak between 6000 and 7000 different languages? English is not enough! The world has become a much smaller place.
It’s really important to learn to speak and understand other people. They’re good for you! Speaking more than one language increases your brain capacity and you have better memory too.
Learning a new language can increase your self-confidence and help you speak more clearly.
Here, at Maplewell, students study Spanish. Currently, they have one lesson a week in Key Stage 3, and three lessons in Key Stage 4 and 5, as an option subject.
A typical lesson structure allows for all four skills to be developed, which are vital for any learning; listening, reading, speaking and writing.
Students in key stage 3, practise new vocabulary through a variety of short, interactive activities, which are personalised and differentiated according to their needs. They are encouraged to interact in speaking exercises as their main target, in order to gain confidence and maximise their enjoyment in this subject.
In Key Stage 4 and 5, there is an equal focus on all four key skills. Core structures are thoroughly drilled and often revisited in new topic areas, in order to build basic communication skills over a wide-based topic area.
Currently, year 10 and 11 students are studying OCR entry-level Spanish with a view to continuing to GCSE framework in Key Stage 5.
In June 2016, a group of 20 students travelled to Valencia, Spain for 5 days on a study tour. This was an amazing experience and opportunity to put their Spanish skills to practice!