Spanish at Sir Thomas Rich's

Spanish is the language of 400 million people in a staggering 21 countries, spanning South, Central and North America, as well as Africa and Europe.

The Spanish department at STRS is a vibrant and forward-looking department. We are dedicated to making learning Spanish a positive and engaging linguistic experience. Our aim is to create strong, independent linguists from year 7 onwards, who can competently and confidently use Spanish in a wide variety of situations such as business. Spanish, the official language in twenty-one countries, is the third most widely-spoken language in the world, after English and Mandarin. More than 400 million people speak Spanish worldwide and experts predict that by the year 2050, there will be 530 million Spanish speakers, of which 100 million will be living in the United States.

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Key Stage 3 - Years 7, 8 & 9

Teaching Arrangements: Year 7 – 4 periods a week
Year 8 – 3 periods a week
Year 9 – 3 periods a week

Homework Guidance: The text books we use in Spanish can be accessed remotely from home, enabling students to listen to audio activities again at their own pace, as frequently as necessary. They can check topic specific vocabulary lists as well as grammar.
Some Topics Covered:
Year 7
  • Introducing yourself
  • School life
  • Family
  • Where you live
  • Free time
  • Describing your town
Year 8
  • Describing friends and talking about different nationalities
  • Talking about places in town
  • Where you went on holiday
  • Food and meals
  • Clothes
  • Shops and shopping
Year 9
  • My computer and media
  • Talking about school subjects and teachers
  • Health and lifestyle changes
  • Money, jobs and future plans
  • The Hispanic world and environment
  • Visiting a Spanish family and travelling
Assessment Arrangements: All students are assessed half termly in Spanish. Two of the four skill areas are assessed each time. In addition, each student will complete an end of year examination in Spanish which assesses all the topics studied as well as grammar.

Teaching Arrangements: Students in Years 10 and 11 receive four periods of Spanish lessons each week, two of which will be a double lesson.
Homework Guidance: The text books we use in Spanish can be accessed remotely from home, enabling students to listen to audio activities again at their own pace, as frequently as necessary. They can check topic specific vocabulary lists as well as grammar.
Exam Specification: AQA GCSE Spanish Some Topics Covered:
Year 10
  • Identity and culture
  • Technology
  • Free time activities
  • Customs and festivals
  • Home, town and neighbourhood
Year 11
  • Family relationships
  • Future plans
  • Social media
  • Spanish customs
  • Healthy living
  • Environmental issues
  • Describing your region
Assessment Arrangements: Assessment takes the following form:
Listening examination 25%
Speaking examination 25%(role-play, photo card and general conversation)
Reading examination 25%
Writing examination 25%

All examinations take place at the end of Year 11.
Entry Requirements: A GCSE Grade 7 in Spanish is required to study this course.
Teaching Arrangements: Year 12 and Year 13 students receive seven periods of Spanish per week.
Homework Guidance: Spanish revision links can be found on Sharepoint.
Exam Specification: Eduqas A-level spanish Topics Covered:
Year 12
  • Family structures
  • Values
  • Youth trends
  • Education and employment
Year 13
  • Migration and integration
  • Cultural identity
  • El franquismo
  • Post-Civil war Spain
Assessment Arrangements: Component 1: Speaking
21-23 minutes(including 5 minutes preparation)
30% of qualification
Task 1
Presentation of independent research project (2 minutes)
Discussion on independent research project (9-10 minutes)

Task 2
Theme-based discussion-5 minutes preparation followed by 5-6 minutes discussion

Component 2: Listening, Reading and Translation
2 hours 30 minutes
50% of qualification

Component 3: Critical and analytical response in writing
2 hours
20% of qualification
University courses this subject may be required for or lead onto: It’s possible to study modern languages either as a single honours degree or alongside another subject as a joint honours degree. Common joint honours choices often remain within the humanities, including subjects such as politics, history and literature, but modern languages can also be combined with subjects such as chemistry, mathematics or law, for those wishing to keep their options as broad as possible. Another option is to study two languages. One of the main attractions of a modern language degree is the opportunity to spend a year abroad in a country where the language of study is widely spoken.
Careers that Spanish may lead onto: Language skills are used for many different careers and job roles across the public and private sector. Aside from the primary and direct use of a language in careers such as translating, interpreting and teaching, being able to speak different languages can also be an added bonus when combined with other skills and roles in different sectors such as business services, travel and hospitality, legal and administrative, academic, information and public. Global businesses with international operations and clients recruit employees with linguistic skills. The languages and level of proficiency required will depend on the role in question and the regions in which the business operates. Employers are keen to recruit global graduates, and being adept at communicating in additional languages is definitely a valuable asset. Languages can be your unique selling point, giving you the extra edge and setting you apart from other graduates with similar backgrounds.

Spanish A-Level at Sir Thomas Rich’s has been a gateway into the world of Hispanic culture and studying languages at university. The department teachers are enthusiastic and passionate about Spanish, making the jump from GCSE to A-Level an enjoyable one.

Associated Clubs / Societies / Trips: Every student studying Spanish in Year 10 has the opportunity to take part in the Spanish exchange. Students spend one week living with the host family towards the end of the September half-term and the Spanish come to Gloucester the following March. Visit include Toledo, the historic capital of Spain, Segovia with its Roman Aquaduct, as well as Madrid itself, including La Reina Sofia museum where you can see Picasso’s Guernica, Real Madrid’s Bernabeu stadium and the Palacio Real.

A residential trip to Ribadesella, Asturias, is offered to students in Year 9. This trip takes place at the end of June/beginning of July and runs every other year. Students have the opportunity to visit the Tito Bustillo prehistoric caves, canoe down the Sella river and spend the day in Oviedo.