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If you talk to a man in a language that he understands that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.

Nelson Mandela

The Spanish curriculum at City Heights  seeks to ignite a curiosity and love for Spanish language and the cultures where Spanish is spoken, either in Spain, South America or the EEUU. 

Spanish learning since the outset  from Y7 provides an insight into other countries and cultures and thus widens our students´ intellectual horizons and cultural capital. 

It is comprehensive but necessarily selective. The curriculum gives pupils a deep knowledge of the main topics covered by AQA board including Identity and culture themes; international and local area knowledge and jobs and careers.  

In Y7 and Y8, students will be learning topics where they can use their language skills to talk about what is more important about themselves in their everyday life. Family and friends, free time activities, social media , school issues  and travel and tourism. From Y9, students start to deepen their knowledge in broader issues where opinions and tenses can be used in a more complex and sophisticated fashion, using different subject pronouns and including more complex vocabulary. Some examples of it are: Spanish speaking country customs and traditions; environmental issues; healthy living, education post-16 and social issues in urban contexts. We have ordered these topics thematically and progressively in order of importance because we believe students need to be absolutely confident in talking and writing about themselves before moving to more general themes where opinions can be expressed in a more holistic manner. 

The Spanish journey from Y7 all the way to Y11 aims to develop our students´ communicative competence in the four equally important attainment skills of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Although the skills where students need to produce the language (writing and speaking) are given a strong focus, in order to increase their confidence using the “comprehensive input” in lessons which involves having a significant amount of Target Language spoken in lessons by the teachers. Furthermore, students in Spanish are challenged by authentic material which not only develops literacy skills but also strengthens our pupils´ resilience and problem solving. 

In terms of content choices, Spanish learning at City Heights aims (ito broaden our students understanding of their place within the world, (ii) to make sure they are able to master the crucial language structures needed to communicate effectively in the three main tenses (past, present and future) and (iii) to make they are able to express their opinions fluently and accurately about a wide range of diverse topics. For that reason, we have included writing and speaking frames in our curriculum delivery featuring the key language structures. 

Finally, we aim to increase the fluency and accuracy of our students so that they can communicate in real-world situations and convey their passion for continuous learning in Spanish beyond GCSE and throughout their adult lives. 

For further details on the Spanish Curriculum please click the relevant button below

5 year overview

Year GroupCurrent Medium Term Plan
Year 7Medium Term Plan
Year 8Medium Term Plan
Year 9Medium Term Plan
Year 10Medium Term Plan
Year 11Medium Term Plan


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