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Prince William School

KS4 Curriculum

Overview of the Topics covered in KS4:

 

Cycle 1

Cycle 2

Cycle 3

Cycle 4

Cycle 5

Cycle 6

Year 10

My School

Family & Friends

Daily Life

Holidays

Interests and influences

Towns

Year 11

Free Time

Work

World and Environment

Exam Technique

Exam Preparation

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  • In KS4, students build on the skills acquired in KS3 and refine them to obtain a more detailed understanding of the language.  Students will continue to work on their pronunciation as before, however the sentence structure will increase both in length and complexity.  Students will train to become more proficient in language interactions and translation.
  • Later on in the course, they will focus on the examination preparation but we will endeavour to provide them with the basis for long term learning that could stretch further than their examination.
  • Homework is set weekly with these aims in mind.
  • Feedback covers both literacy aspects which are relevant to both English and Modern Foreign Languages, as well as formative challenges relevant to the language learnt.

 

Examination Revision and Homework  Support Sessions

Tuesdays After School: L3 – GCSE Club
Thursday Registration: L3 - Speaking Practice
Thursdays Lunchtime: L3 – GCSE Preparation.
Drop-In Clinic on request.

 

Examination structure

We follow the AQA course over two years.  GCSE Spanish has a Foundation Tier (Grades 1–5) and a Higher Tier (Grades 4–9).  Students must take all four question papers at the same tier.  All question papers must be taken in the same series.   The qualification is linear: i.e. there is no coursework or controlled assessment; 100% of the grade is obtained through a final examination consisting of four papers, each of them being worth 25% of the final grade:

Paper 1 – Listening:  the aim is understanding and responding to different types of spoken language.  The examination can be taken in two tiers: 35 minutes (Foundation Tier), 45 minutes (Higher Tier).  Each examination includes 5 minutes’ reading time of the question paper before the listening stimulus is played.

Paper 2 – Speaking: the aim is communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes.  7–9 minutes (Foundation Tier) or 10–12 minutes (Higher Tier) + preparation time.  The format is the same at Foundation Tier and Higher Tier: a brief role-play, followed by a discussion of a picture, finishing with a free-flowing conversation on two topics.  The style of the questions is the same but stimulus questions for the role-play and the materials for the photo-card are different at the Foundation and Higher Tiers.  The timing of the general conversation is 3–5 minutes at Foundation Tier, and 5–7 minutes at Higher Tier.

Paper 3 – Reading: 45 minutes (Foundation Tier), 1 hour (Higher Tier).  The aim is understanding and responding to different types of written language, including a translation from Spanish into English.

Paper 4 – Writing: 1 hour (Foundation Tier), or 1 hour 15 minutes (Higher Tier).  The aim is communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes, including a translation from English into Spanish.

Career Opportunities

Languages are hugely rewarding in the classroom, enabling progression to further study or employment. 

There are not very many fields where having a language is not a game changer, and for many being able to speak a foreign language is the absolute key.  From working on International Relations for the Foreign Office, for the EU, as a translator, as an interpreter, to be an avid reader of foreign literature, there is something that a language can do for you.

Interested in having a little chat? See Mr Gutierrez in L3.

Revision

Vocabulary lists available via Portico (MFL/Year 11 Spanish). AQA GCSE Spanish - Grammar & Translation Workbook (available in L3). Revise AQA GCSE (9-1) Spanish (available in L3).