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Ribston Hall High School

Ribston HallHigh School

Modern Foreign Languages - Spanish


Key Stage 3 


At Ribston Hall High School, the National Curriculum is carefully integrated into Key Stage 3 lessons using a variety of up-to-date teaching methods. Effective use of interleaving of topics, alongside retrieval practices and a focus on the cognitive science of learning a language, allows all students to attain or exceed the aims of the National Curriculum. We provide a foundation for understanding and success when tackling GCSE-style questions, developing self-awareness of how to learn and how to improve.



Year 7:

Topic 1: Mi vida - Describing myself and my life

Knowledge: Spanish alphabet and pronunciation; giving basic information about yourself; describing your personality; talking about sibling and pets; giving birthdays, dates and numbers.


Topic 2: Mi familia y mis amigos - Talking about my family and friends

Knowledge: describing your family; describing what people look like; describing where you live; giving opinions.


Topic 3: Mi tiempo libre - Talking about free-time activities

Knowledge: giving opinions on free-time activities; saying what you do when the weather is good/bad; saying which sports you play; giving information about your favourite things.


Topic 4: Mi insti - Talking about school and my studies

Knowledge: giving information about your school life, including subjects, activities you do at break; describing your school life.


Year 8


Topic 1: Mi familia y mis amigos - Talking about my family and friends

Knowledge: describing your family; describing what people look like; describing where you live; giving opinions.


Topic 2: Mis vacaciones - Describing a past holiday

Knowledge: Talking about a past holiday; describing activities undertaken; expressing opinions and giving reasons.

Topic 3: Todo sobre mi vida - Talking about tv, music and technology

Knowledge: Giving opinions about technology, music and television, saying what you did yesterday.

Topic 4: A comer! - Talking about food for different occasions

Knowledge: Giving opinions on food, describing mealtimes, ordering in a restaurant and describing food at a party.


Year 9

Topic 1: Somos así – What we are like

Knowledge: Talking about your interests and free time; describing a trip to the cinema; describing a past birthday celebration; talking about celebrities.


Topic 2: ¡Oriéntate! – Future plans

Knowledge: Describing jobs at a hotel; saying what job you would like to do; describing a day at work.


Topic 3: En forma – Being healthy

Knowledge: Talking about healthy eating and active lifestyles; describing daily routine; describing aches and pains.


Topic 4: Jóvenes en acción - Youth action

Knowledge: Talking about your rights, fair trade and recycling.


Cultural Enrichment:

El día de Muertos – The day of the Dead; La Navidad en España – Christmas in Spain; Los Carnavales en España – Spanish Carnival celebration; La feria de abril de Sevilla – The Sevillian fair of April.

Key Stage 4 

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AQA GCSE Spanish


We prepare our students to develop their ability and ambition to communicate with native speakers in the real world. Moreover, we encourage them to develop their curiosity for the Hispanic world through cultural research beyond the topics learned. We ensure students of all abilities build on their prior knowledge of vocabulary and grammar to enable them to access the GCSE course. This is achieved through using Foundation and Higher resources and assessments, as well as in-class differentiation. All lessons include opportunities to review and reinforce prior learning.

The AQA GCSE Spanish specification is cumulative and progressive in content and language. We build on the foundation of core grammar and vocabulary outlined in our scheme of learning for KS3 Spanish, increasing the level of linguistic and cognitive demand.

The topics are organised around 3 broad themes: Identity and Culture; Local, National, International and Global Areas of Interest; Current and Future Study and Employment.

The GCSE course is linear, which means you will sit all the exams at the end of the two-year course.

There are four papers:

Paper 1: Listening (25% of GCSE)

Paper 2: Speaking (25% of GCSE), based on a role-play, discussion of photo card and general conversation

Paper 3: Reading (25% of GCSE)

Paper 4: Writing (25%of GCSE)



1. Topic 1: Local, National, International and Global Areas of Interest - Travel and Tourism

Knowledge: Talking about the weather; saying what you normally do in summer; talking about holiday preferences; saying what you did on holiday; describing accommodation; booking accommodation and dealing with problems; describing past holidays.


2. Topic 2: Current and Future Study and Employment - My Studies & School Life

Knowledge: Giving opinions about school subjects; describing school uniform and school day; talking about subjects and teachers; describing the school; talking about school rules and problems; talking about plans for a school trip.


3. Topic 3: Identity and Culture -Technology, Free-time & Relationships

Knowledge: Describing people; talking about social networks; making arrangements; talking about reading preferences; talking about friends and family.


4. Topic 4: Identity and Culture - Free-time

Knowledge: Talking about TV programmes and films; talking about what you usually do; talking about sports; talking about what’s trending; discussing different types of entertainment; talking about who inspires you; talking about dates.


5. Topic 5: Local, National, International and Global Areas of Interest - Home, Town, Neighbourhood and Region

Knowledge: Talking about places in town; talking about shops; describing the features of a region; planning what to do; shopping for clothes and presents; talking about problems in a town; describing a trip in the past.


6. Topic 6: Identity and Culture - Customs and Festivals

Knowledge: Describing mealtimes; talking about daily routine; talking about illnesses and injuries; talking about typical foods; comparing different festivals; describing a special day; ordering in a restaurant; talking about a music festival.


7. Topic 7: Current and Future Study and Employment – Post-16 Studies and Employment

Knowledge: Talking about different jobs; talking about how you earn money; talking about work experience; talking about the importance of learning languages; applying for a summer job; discussing GAP years; discussing plans for the future.

8. Topic 8: Local, National, International and Global Areas of Interest - Social and Global Issues

Knowledge: Talking about the environment; talking about healthy eating; considering global issues; talking about global actions; discussing healthy lifestyles; talking about international sporting events; talking about natural disasters. Cultural Enrichment: European Day of Languages Celebrations; inter-cultural exchange with overseas partner school; Spanish film and conversation club, Flamenco Dance.

Key Stage 5 

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AQA A-Level Spanish


Spanish at A-Level offers students at Ribston Hall High School the fantastic opportunity to work towards becoming a linguist. But that’s not all – Spanish offers a unique insight into Spanish-speaking countries and culture, and opens up a world of career opportunities. The Spanish course is designed to give students a profound understanding of the mechanics of the language, grammar and vocabulary, and also of how Spanish speaking people use and live language on a day-to-day basis.

The course is organised around three broad topics –

Social Issues and Trends (Topic 1), Political and Artistic Culture (Topic 2), and Literary Texts and Films (Topic 3).

The course is linear, which means you will sit all the exams at the end of the two-year course.


There are three papers:

Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing (50% of A Level), assessing Topics 1 and 2

Paper 2: Writing (20% of A Level), assessing Topic 3

Paper 3: Speaking (30% of A Level), based on a discussion of a sub-theme from Topics 1 and 2, and a presentation/discussion of an Individual Research Project



THEME: Aspects of Hispanic Society: Current Trends

Sub-theme 1: Los valores tradicionales y modernos

Knowledge: The various types of 21st Century Spanish family and how these differ from the family model in the past; trends in marriage and how modern and traditional values differ; the situation regarding divorce; the religious history of Spain; changes in the influence of the church.


Sub-theme 2: El ciberespacio

Knowledge: Positive and/or negative influence of the internet; positive and/or negative effect of smartphones; the influence social networks have on society.


Sub-theme 3: La igualdad de los sexos

Knowledge: Women in the world of work; the role of women at home; male chauvinism in Hispanic countries; changes to LGBTQ+ rights in Hispanic countries; gay marriage in Spain and the Hispanic world.


THEME: Artistic Culture in Hispanic World

Sub-theme 4: La Influencia de los Idolos

Knowledge: Positive and/or negative influence that singers and musicians have in our society; positive and/or negative effect TV and cinema stars have on young people; the type of influence fashion models have on young people.


Sub-theme 5: La Identidad Regional en España

Knowledge: Spanish customs and traditions; similarities and differences in the gastronomy of Spain; languages that are spoken in Spain and the issues surrounding them.


Sub-theme 6: El Patrimonio Cultural

Knowledge: Civilisations that contributed to the cultural heritage of Spain; the pre-Colombian heritage of Latin America; Spanish and Latin American artists and the role of architecture in Spain.


THEME: Multiculturalism in Hispanic society

Sub-theme 7: La Immigración

Knowledge: Positive and negative aspects of immigration; immigration in the Spanish-speaking world; problems illegal migrants face.

Sub-theme 8: El Racismo

Knowledge: Racist and xenophobic attitudes in the Spanish-speaking world; measures to combat racism and their effectiveness; existing legislation against racism; possible new legislation.

Sub-theme 9: La Convivencia

Knowledge: The different ways cultures integrate in Hispanic society; the issues surrounding the integration of different cultures within the sphere of education; co-existence of various religions in the Hispanic world.


THEME: Aspects of Political Life in the Hispanic World

Sub-theme 10: Jóvenes de hoy, ciudadanos del mañana

Knowledge: The importance of politics in young people’s live; why their attitude to politics is changing; the unemployment situation amongst young people nowadays and how it is affecting them; the type of society young people in the Hispanic world want to live in.

Sub-theme 11: Monarquías y Dictaduras

Knowledge: The impact of the civil war in Spanish history; Spanish life under Franco’s leadership; the changes from monarchy and republic to dictatorship; the transition from dictatorship to monarchy; dictatorships in Latin America.

Sub-theme 12: Los Movimientos Populares Knowledge: How effective protests and strikes are; the power of trade unions; example of social protests in Spain and Latin America.

Cultural Topic - FILM: El laberinto del fauno

Knowledge: Vocabulary of cinema; the plot; the characters; the themes; the socio-historical context; director’s techniques and style

Cultural Topic - LITERATURE: La casa de Bernarda Alba

Knowledge: Introduction to the play; Lorca’s life and work; plot and structure; historical and socio-cultural context; themes; symbolism and Lorquian language; characters.

Extra-curricular opportunities 

Students are encouraged to participate in work experience overseas and become hosts to foreign visitors in the school. University outreach programmes are strongly subscribed by our students, including Language Open Days, Film Webinars and Lectures. Day trips include visits to the British Film Institute, and the annual outing to Spanish / Latin American restaurants in the local region.