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Subject intent

We want our students to develop the knowledge and skills that will enable them to communicate and manipulate language independently.

We want our students to develop their confidence, to be willing to try, to be willing to make mistakes and to learn from them.

This requires our teachers to have expert understanding of the roles of mindset, strategy, vocabulary and grammar in language acquisition.

Brief overview of thinking behind curriculum cumulation and design

Our curriculum is designed to be cumulative and progressive. The sequencing is carefully thought-out to introduce students to progressively complex grammatical structures, so they can build on their knowledge and develop their ability to independently manipulate the vocabulary, structures and rules they are learning. For example, they are gradually introduced to a wider variety of verb tenses, interspaced with opportunities to revisit and consolidate those they have already learnt to conjugate.

Link to KS4 specification

AQA Spanish

Spanish Specification

KS3 curriculum plan

Year 9


Year 7 & 8 + Questioning Modal verbs Imperfect

9.9 Technology and media


Technology use Social media

Advantages/ disadvantages/ comparisons

Negatives Perfect tense

TV/Film and music References to past, present and future

9.10. Leisure and healthy living


Describing activities Healthy/unhealthy habits

Food and habits using 3 tenses Basic imperfect Modal verbs (advice) Adverbs/time expressions Comparisons

9.11 School


Comparing school life UK/ Target language schools

School facilities School rules Subjects, teachers School activities


Options – importance of languages

Future plans and careers

9.12. Geographic Culture and festivals


Country’s geography History

A city/town in the country Transactional language (role plays) Francophone/Hispanic/ Germanic celebrations

Ways to celebrate in 3 time frames Focus on listening and reading

Year 8

Year 7 + Estar

Future tense Perfect/ preterite tense


Basic imperfect expressions


Prepositions Time expressions

8.5. Food and Drink


Food and drink Meal times

Transactional vocabulary for a café/restaurant

Money / higher numbers Complaints


Cultural specialities/recipes Justified opinions

8.6. My Home and town


Types of home Adjectives

Rooms of the house Furniture and prepositions

Places in town and prepositions

You can/can’t Directions/imperati ves

To go

Near future tense Future expressions


8.7. Present tense holidays


Destinations To go Transport

Holiday activities Accommodation Weather

Future holidays (near future)

8.8. Past tense holidays


Perfect/preterite tense (regular and irregular past participles) Basic imperfect (it was, it was + weather, there was/were + negative)

Focus on writing

Year 7 Present tense & infinitives


Opinions, reasons




Connectives, intensifiers


To have, to do, to go, to be (ser)


Comparisons Negatives

7.1. Languages and Me


Being a language detective Name

Numbers Dates/birthday Age

Classroom Objects Colours (adjectives) Verb to have

Family and pets vocab

7.2. People around me


Family and friends vocab

Personality Physical appearance

To be (reinforce to have)

Negatives Adjectival agreement Possessive adjectives

Simple opinions, I get on with Comparisons

7.3. My life at school


Regular AR (Sp) present tense – 1st and 3rd person Subjects & opinions and reasons

Uniform & adjectives Teachers & adjectives Time

7.4. My free time


Present Regular Tense AR/ER/IR Irregular verbs (hacer/jugar) Present tense time expressions Basic media activities (technology, TV and Film)

Sports, hobbies

Weather / when & if clauses

KS4 curriculum plan



Year 11Theme 1

and 2 Retrieval Practice

Social IssuesSchool and Future Career AspirationsExam Preparation and Gap fillingRevision and Gap filling
Year 10Theme 1 Retrieval Practice

·        Retrieval of topics and key grammar (free time, technology, celebrations)

Family, Friends and Future PlansHome, Town and RegionTravel and TourismGlobal IssuesExam Prep/ reteach