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Subject Leader – Mrs Bickersteth

The Modern Foreign Languages department is committed to giving students the opportunity to discover new cultures through an enjoyable experience of learning a foreign language. We believe that the study of a foreign language helps students develop a sense of cultural pluralism, an openness to and appreciation of other cultures. In a globalised world characterised by international links and intercultural connections, linguistic skills are crucial for employment and career as proficiency in a foreign language enhances career opportunities. Beacon Hill Community School  MFL department encourages students to progress in all four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing while bringing languages alive though a range of interactive and varied lessons.



At Beacon Hill Community the MFL curriculum across Key Stage 3 and 4 provides students with the opportunity to study a wide range of language, increasing their knowledge of vocabulary and set phrases while at the same time building their understanding of structures and how language works. This is achieved through the study and development of written and spoken language. Students are able to express their opinions on a variety of topic areas relevant to their everyday lives. Skilful application occurs when students can articulate their ideas either verbally or written through authentic use of the language they have studied. Students are also able to develop the concept of being a global citizen by increasing their understanding of the cultures where the languages are spoken.

KS 3  

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9

Unit 1 – Basic concepts

–          Spanish speking countries

–          Greetings

–           Numbers to 100

–          Alphabet

–          Age

–          Months of the year

Unit 2 All about me


–          Family members

–          Hair and eyes

–          Colours

–          Pets

–          Personality

–          Physical description

–          Christmas traditions


Unit 3 – Mi tiempo libre:

–          Common activities

–          Weathers

–          Seasons

–          Sports

–          Opinions /music

–          Days of the week

–          Celebrity profiles



Unit 4 – My house


–          area where I live

–          types of houses

–          romos in the house

–          my bedroom

–          easter traditions


Unit 5 – My town:

–          Places in town

–          Time

–          Food and drink items

–          Common activities to do around town


Unit 6 – My school:

–          Days of the week

–          Subjects

–          Facilities in school

–          Common break and lunch activities



Unit 1 – My holidays:

–          Countries

–          Transport

–          Common past tense holiday activities

Unit 2 –  Technology


–          Activities for your mobile

–          Types of music

–          Types of TV programs

–          Past activities


Unit 3 – Food

–          Healthy and unhealthy food

–          Meal times

–          Ordering a meal

–          Food and drink items

–          Quantities


Unit 4 – ¿Qué hacemos?:

–          To give excuses

–          Clothes

–          Colours

–          Places in town

–          Activites to do in town

–          Daily routine

–          Sporting events

–          Fancy dress outfits


Unit 5 – Planning the  summer

–          Rooms in a house

–          Locations

–          Directions

–          Summer camp activities

–          Holiday homes

–          Types of accommodation

–          Holiday destinations

–          Countries




Unit 1 – Celebrations and festivals


–          Days of the week

–          Spanish fiestas

–          Birthday plans and activities

–          Months


–          Unit 2 – Oriéntate:

–          Jobs

–          Places of work

–          Job roles

–          Complaints about work

–           Good things about work

–          Personality

–          Job adverts

–          Future plans

–          Job interviews


Unit 3 – En forma:

–          Food and drink items

–          Healthy and unhealthy

–          Daily routine

–          Food categories

–          Sports

–          Places to do sport

–          Time

–          Aliments


Unit 4 – Jóvenes en acción :

–          Children’s rights

–          Fair trade topics

–          Recycling

–          Places in town

–          Environment problems

–          Fundraising


Unit 5 – Una aventura en Madrid:

–          Greetings

–           Treasure hunt

–          Souvenirs

Places in town




KS 4

Identity and culture:


Local, national, international and global areas of interest


Current and future study and employment


Youth Culture:

Ø  Self and relationships

Ø  Technology and social media


Lifestyle :


Ø  Health and fitness

Ø  Entertainment and leisure


Customs and Traditions:

Ø  Food and drink

Ø  Festivals and celebrations


Home and Locality:

Ø  Local areas of interest

Ø  Transport



Spain and Spanish-speaking countries:

Ø  Local and regional features and characteristics

Ø  Holidays and tourism


Global Sustainability:

Ø  Environment

Ø  Social issues

Current Study:

Ø  School/college life

Ø  School/college studies




World of Work

Ø  Work experience and part-time jobs

Ø  Skills and personal qualities


Jobs and FuturePlans:

Ø  Applying for work/study

Ø  Careerplans



Students have 5 lessons of Spanish a week in Y7 , Y8 and 9

Lessons are 45min long.


Impact :



  • Learners will be assessed informally by continuous exchange of concepts and ideas.
  • Learners will communicate naturally in target language in and outside of the classroom.
  • Learners will be tested on regular bases and will be expected to demonstrate their ability in:

AO1Listening: understand and respond to different types of spoken language.

AO2Speaking: communicate and interact effectively in speech.

AO3Reading: understand and respond to different types of written language.

AO4Writing: communicate in writing.




Spanish GCSE students will be expected to have acquired knowledge and understanding of the full range of content for GCSE modern foreign languages as set out by the Department for Education.  It covers contemporary topics and has the communicative approach to learning.

Useful websites:

BBC Bitesize Spanish

Vitrually there Spain

Learn Spanish with videos

Spanish national TV