At Priory Academy we strive to make languages fun, interesting and challenging.
Spanish is the third most widely-spoken language in the world, and the second with the most native speakers. It is also the official language of over twenty countries.
For these reasons, studying Spanish prepares our pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly carried out in languages other than English.
In addition to this, learning Spanish will enable them to gain a greater insight into the culture of the Spanish-speaking world and develop an understanding and respect of different cultures in our local, national and global communities.
Please browse through the links below to find out the range of topics and activities we cover in Spanish from year 5 to year 11.
Key Stage 2
All Key Stage 2 students at Priory Academy receive a fortnightly exposure to Spanish throughout their time in year 5 and year 6. This enables our students to develop early language acquisition skills as well as increase their understanding of their own language through reinforcing fluency and understanding of grammar, syntax, sentence structure and verbal precision.
Our Spanish curriculum is fun and enjoyed by learners, well-resourced and planned to facilitate progression through Key Stage 2.
Key Stage 3
All Key Stage 3 students at Priory Academy have the right to a rich and deep learning experience that includes the learning of the basics of an additional language. The study of Languages prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly carried out in languages other than English.
The Key Stage 3 curriculum builds upon the foundations of language learning introduced in Key Stage 2.
In Year 7 each class has a timetabled Spanish lesson of 50 minutes per week which uses the ¡Viva1! course book.
In years 8 and 9 students receive three 50 minutes lessons of Spanish per week based around the Spanish GCSE topic areas using the ¡Viva2! and ¡Viva! Edexcel GCSE course books.
Key Stage 4
GCSE Exam board: Edexcel.
Studying Spanish at Key Stage 4 enables students to continue developing the language skills they have acquired at Key Stage 3 and to learn to use the language more independently as well as gaining a greater insight into the culture of the Spanish-speaking world.
In years 10 and 11, students prepare for their GCSE Spanish awards.
The examination comprises 4 components, namely listening, speaking, reading and writing. All skills are equally-weighted and each contribute 25% towards a student’s final GCSE grade (9-1).
For further information, please access the link for the current Edexcel GCSE Spanish Specification.
At Key Stage 4 students are taught to understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources. They are encouraged to speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation. As far as writing is concerned, by the end of Key Stage 4, students should write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using a good range of grammatical structures.