The Languages faculty aim to create and develop enthusiastic and independent learners. We are committed to establishing and maintaining a learning environment that encourages students to feel confident about taking risks and developing informed opinions about the world around them.
Our curriculum focusses on learning, rather than teaching; we want students to reflect on and enhance their skills, ask questions and enjoy challenge. The Languages faculty boasts a coherently planned and well-sequenced set of lessons that integrates new knowledge into larger concepts, which allows students to access and flourish within an ambitious, knowledge rich curriculum.
We actively seek opportunities for all students to independently extend their skills beyond the classroom and therefore prepare for life beyond Springwell. Also, to develop the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life and to mould our students into global citizens of the future.
Languages are for life. The study of a languages is seen as an important part of our students’ education, as languages are omnipresent in the cultural tapestry of our society and the world in which we live and work.
The ability to understand and communicate in another language is a lifelong skill for education, employment and leisure in this country and throughout the world.
Key Stage 3
Our bespoke scheme of work enables an excellent ‘grounding’ of fundamental knowledge and skills that allow students to communicate effectively in the target language, as well as preparing them to study Spanish as a qualification at GCSE level during Key Stage 4. The course will include:
- Base understanding of key grammatical elements and the knowledge of how to apply them
- Self-description, family and friends
- Free time, sports and holidays
- School, careers
- Technology and media
- Being able to develop key skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing
Key Stage 4
Our tailored scheme of work follows a sequence of lessons to build upon student’s thirst of knowledge and skills developed at Key Stage 3. The aim is to effectively prepare students for GCSE assessment at the end of Year 11, as well as equipping them to study the qualification at a higher level. The course will include:
- In depth understanding of manipulating tenses
- Equip students with the knowledge to allow them to spontaneous speak and write in Spanish
- Develop grammatical competencies in a variety of tenses
- Develop a cultural awareness of all customs and traditions
- The application of mathematical concepts to physical laws
- The understanding of cause and effect
- The use of models to explain both tangible and abstract phenomena