We encourage pupils to understand the importance of a second language in today's world and we promote pupils' reflection on all the benefits they could receive in different areas of life, such as education, career and general everyday communication. In addition, we believe that the study of MFL may lead pupils to recognise that diversity is a matter for respect and celebration in a world of multiple cultures and languages.


Spanish is a global language and it is the second most widely spoken language in the world with more than 470 million native speakers.


Spanish language and culture are becoming more and more influential worldwide, especially in the United States, where nowadays there are more Spanish-speakers than in Spain.


Spanish is also the third most widely used language on the Internet; it is the second most used language on Twitter in London; and it also comes second on Facebook.


According to the report 'Languages for future- Which languages the UK need most and why', published by the British Council, Spanish is in the top of the 10 most important languages for Britain's future, using indicators such as the current UK export trade, the language needs of business, government's future trade priorities, outward visitors destinations or emerging high-growth markets.

The number of people studying Spanish has increased steadily, to the extent that it has overtaken German as the UK’s second most popular language to learn at GCSE level.




Through studying a GCSE in a Modern Foreign Language, students should develop their ability and ambition to communicate with native speakers in speech and writing.  


GCSE specifications in Spanish must require students to:


Listening: understand and respond to spoken language; demonstrate general and specific understanding of different types of spoken language; follow and understand clear standard speech using familiar language across a range of specified contexts; identify the overall message, key points, details and opinions in a variety of short and longer spoken passages; deduce meaning from a variety of short and longer spoken texts; recognise and respond to key information by being able to answer questions and draw conclusions.


Speaking: communicate and interact in speech for a variety of purposes across a range of specified contexts; take part in a short conversation, asking and answering questions, and exchanging opinions; convey information and narrate events coherently and confidently, using and adapting language for new purposes; speak spontaneously, responding to unexpected questions, points of view or situations; initiate and develop conversations and discussion, producing extended sequences of speech; make appropriate and accurate use of a variety of vocabulary and grammatical structures; make creative and more complex use of the language to express and justify their own thoughts and points of view; use accurate pronunciation and intonation such as to be understood by a native speaker.


Reading: understand and respond to different types of written language; understand general and specific details within texts using high frequency familiar language across a range of contexts; identify the overall message, key points, details and opinions in a variety of short and longer written passages; deduce meaning from a variety of short and longer written texts from a range of specified contexts, including authentic sources involving some complex language and unfamiliar material addressing a wide range of relevant contemporary and cultural themes; recognise and respond to key information, important themes and ideas in more extended written text and authentic sources, including some extracts from relevant abridged or adapted literary texts; demonstrate understanding by being able to scan for particular information; translate a short passage from Spanish into English.

Writing:  communicate effectively in writing for a variety of purposes across a range of specified contexts; write short texts, using simple sentences and familiar language accurately to convey meaning and exchange information; produce clear and coherent text of extended length to present facts and express ideas and opinions appropriately for different purposes and in different settings; make accurate use of a variety of vocabulary and grammatical structures; express and justify individual thoughts and points of view, in order to interest, inform or convince; translate sentences and short texts from English into Spanish to convey key messages accurately; and to apply grammatical knowledge of language and structures in context.

Throughout KS3, pupils will study the following contents:




Section 1- Basics  [Sección 1- Los contenidos básicos]


    -Numbers [Los números]

    -Times and dates [Las horas y las fechas]

    -Meetings and greetings [Los saludos y las presentaciones]

    -Being polite [Frases para ser educado]


Section 2- You, Family and Home [Sección 2- Tú, tu familia y tu casa]


    -Your details [Tus datos personales]

    -Your family [Tu familia]

    -Pets and animals [Las mascotas y los animales]

    -Your home [Tu casa]

    -Where you live [Dónde vives]

    -Daily routine [La rutina diaria]

    -Chores [Las tareas]

    -The body [El cuerpo]

    -Health and illness [La salud y las enfermedades]


Section 3- School and jobs [Sección 3- El colegio y los trabajos]


    -School subjects [Las asignaturas escolares]

    -School routine [La rutina escolar]

    -Classroom stuff [El vocabulario de la clase]

    -Jobs [Las profesiones y los trabajos]

    -Talking about jobs [Hablar sobre el trabajo]


Section 4- Town, Shopping, food and drink [Sección 4- La ciudad, las compras, la comida y la bebida]


    -Directions [Las direcciones]

    -Shops [Las tiendas]

    -Places in town [Los lugares en la ciudad]

    -Food and drink [La comida y la bebida]

    -Clothes and colours [La ropa y los colores]


Section 5- Free time, hobbies and transport [Sección 5- El tiempo libre, las aficiones y el tranporte]


    -Sports and musical instruments [Los deportes y los instrumentos musicales]

    -Pastimes and hobbies [Los pasatiempos y las aficiones]

    -TV, books and radio [La televisión, los libros y la radio]

    -Going out and making arrangements [Salir fuera y hacer planes]

    -Transport [El transporte]


Section 6- Phone calls and letters [Sección 6- Las llamadas telefónicas y las cartas]

    -Post office [La oficina de correos]

    -Phone calls [Hablar por teléfono]

    -Informal letters [Las cartas informales]

    -Formal letters [Las cartas formales]


Section 7- Weather, holidays and countries [Sección 7- El tiempo, las vacaciones y los países]


    -Weather and seasons [El tiempo y las estaciones del año]

    -Holidays [Las vacaciones]

    -Hotels and camping [Los hoteles y el camping]

    -Booking accommodation [Reservar alojamiento]

    -Countries [Los países]

    -Nationalities [Las nacionalidades]


Section 8- Grammar and phrases [Sección 8- La gramática y las oraciones]


    -Giving opinions [Dar opiniones]

    -Asking questions [Hacer preguntas]

    -Words for people and objects [Palabras para las personas y los objetos]

    -How to say 'the ' and 'a ' [ Cómo decir  'the' ('el', 'la, 'los, 'las'); y 'a' ( 'un', 'una')]

    -Subject pronouns [Los pronombres personales]

    -Adjectives [Los adjetivos]

    -Making comparisons [Hacer comparaciones]

    -'My' and 'your'- 'this' and 'these' ['Mi', 'mis' y 'tu', 'tus' – 'este', 'esta', 'estos', 'estas']

    -Regular verbs in the present tense [Los verbos regulares en presente]

    -Irregular verbs in the present tense [Los verbos irregulares en presente]

    -Verb 'to be' in Spanish: 'ser' and 'estar' [El verbo 'to be' en español: 'ser' y 'estar']

    -Reflexive verbs [Los verbos reflexivos]

    -Making sentences negative [Formar frases negativas]

    -Talking about the future [Hablar sobre el futuro]

    -Giving orders [Dar órdenes]

    -Talking about the past [Hablar sobre el pasado]

    -Useful small words [Las preposiciones]

    -Small linking words [Las conjunciones]

Throughout KS4, pupils will study the following contents:






Unit 1- Me, my family and friends [Unidad 1- Yo, mi familia y mis amigos]


-Talking about family members and describing people [Hablar de los miembros de la familia y describir gente]

-Talking about friends [Hablar de los amigos]

-Talking about a partner [Hablar de parejas]

-Talking about future plans [Hablar de planes para el futuro]


Unit 2- Technology in everyday life [Unidad 2- La tecnología en el día a día]

-Saying how you keep in touch via the internet [Comunicarse por internet]

-Giving opinions about online messaging [Cómo prefieres mantenerte en contacto]

-Talking about using a mobile [Hablar sobre cómo usar el teléfono móvil]

-Giving opinions about mobile technology [Dar opiniones sobre la tecnología portátil]


Unit 3- Free-time activities [Unidad 3- Actividades en el tiempo libre]

-Describing what you like and do not like doing [Describir qué te gusta y qué no te gusta hacer]

-Talking about your free time [Hablar sobre qué haces en tu tiempo libre]

-Buying food and drink [Comprar comida y bebida]

-Talking about eating out [Hablar sobre salir a comer fuera]

-Talking about sport [Hablar sobre el deporte]


Unit 4- Customs and festivals [Unidad 4- tradiciones y fiestas]

-Learning about Spanish life and routines [Aprender cómo es la vida en familia y las rutinas españolas]

-Learning about local customs [Aprender algunas costumbres locales y regionales]

-Talking about a Spanish festival- La Tomatina [Aprender algunas fiestas españolas- La Tomatina]

-Learning about Latin American culture [Aprender cultura latinoamericana]





Unit 5- Home, town, neighbourhood and region [Unidad 5- La casa, la ciudad, el vecindario y la regíón]

-Describing your house and the rooms in it [Describir tu casa y las habitaciones]

-Saying what your house is like [Decir cómo es tu casa]

-Talking about what you can do where you live [Hablar sobre qué se puede hacer donde vives]

-Talking about the amenities in your area [Hablar sobre qué comunidades hay en tu zona]


Unit 6- Social issues [Unidad 6- Asuntos o problemas sociales]

-Charity and voluntary work. Talking about different ways of volunteering. [El voluntariado. Hablar sobre diferentes formas de trabajar como voluntario]

-Talking about healthy eating [Hablando sobre hábitos de alimentación saludables]

-Talking about healthy and unhealthy lifestyles [Hablar sobre estilos saludables y no saludables]


Unit 7-Global issues [Unidad 7- Asuntos o problemas globales]

-Talking about reusing things, reducing waste and recycling [Hablar sobre reutilizar, reducir residuos y reciclar]

-Talking about ways of protecting the environment [Hablar sobre cómo proteger el medio ambiente]

-Talking about poverty [Hablar sobre los necesitados]

-Talking about homelessness [Hablar sobre los “sin techo”]


Unit 8-Travel and tourism [Unidad 8- Los viajes y el turismo]

-Talking about travelling to holiday destinations [Hablar sobre irse de vacaciones]

-Talking abour holiday accommodation [Hablar sobre dónde alojarse]

-Talking about the regions of Spain [Hablar sobre las regiones de España]

-Understanding tourist leaflets and websites [Entender páginas web y folletos turísticos]





Unit 9- My studies [Unidad 9- Mis estudios]

-Giving your opinion about different subjects [Dar tu opinión sobre las diferentes asignaturas]

-Talking about studies [Hablar sobre tus estudios]


Unit 10- Life at school and college [Unidad 10- La vida en el colegio y en el instituto]

-Talking about your school and daily routine [Hablar sobre tu colegio y la rutina diaria]

-Talking about school rules and uniform [Hablar sobre las reglas del colegio y el uniforme]


Unit 11- Education post-16 [Unidad 11- La educación después de los 16 años]

-Talking about options at 16 [Hablar sobre las opciones a los 16 años]

-Discussing choices at 18: work or university [Hablar sobre las opciones a los 18 años: trabajar o ir a la universidad]


Unit 12- Jobs, career choices and ambitions [Los trabajos, la carrera profesional y las ambiciones profesionales]

-Talking about different jobs [Hablar sobre diferentes trabajos]

-Looking for and applying for jobs [Buscar y solicitar trabajo]