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Ribston Hall High School

Ribston HallHigh School

Modern Foreign Languages - Spanish


Key Stage 3 


At Ribston we teach Modern Languages in lively and interesting ways, with as many opportunities as possible to practise communication through creative immersion in authentic language.  Students learn to speak and write as children do in real life. Students are therefore able to develop a good accent and strong listening skills as well as the confidence to produce their own language. The National Curriculum is fully implemented using a communicative approach, exposing students to maximum target language, supported by careful, reflective study and practice of grammar and vocabulary. This provides a foundation in skills and understanding for success when tackling GCSE style questions, developing self-awareness of how to learn and improve.



Year 7

Year 8

Year 9


Mi vida, mi familia y mis amigos (My life, my family and friends)

Mis vacaciones (Holidays)

Somos así (What we are like)


Mi tiempo libre (Free-time activities)

Todo sobre mi vida (TV, music and technology)

Oriéntate! (Future plans)


Mi insti (School life and studies)

A comer! (Food and mealtimes)

En forma (Healthy eating and lifestyles)

Extra-curricular opportunities

  • European Day of Languages celebrations
  • MFL Bake-Off
  • Celebrations around the Hispanic world - 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
  • Languages and Careers Days

Key Stage 4 

Exam board

Exam Specification: Spanish AQA 8698 (consult website for full information)


Ribston Hall High School students develop their ability and ambition to communicate with native speakers in the real world. They develop curiosity for the Hispanic world through cultural research beyond the topics studied. Learning is personalised as much as possible, using in-class differentiation and tailored resources. All lessons include opportunities to review and reinforce prior learning.

Students build on the foundation of core grammar and vocabulary learned in KS3 Spanish, increasing levels of linguistic and cognitive skill and awareness. 

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 (all examinations 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)



Year 10

Year 11


Topic 1: Travel and Tourism

Topic 2: My Studies and School life

Topic 5: Home, Town, Neighbourhood and Region

Topic 6: Customs and Festivals


Topic 3: Family and Relationships

Topic 4: Technology and Free-time activities

Topic 7: Post-16 Studies and Employment

Topic 8: Social and Global Issues


Topic 5: Home, Town, Neighbourhood and Region

End-of-year Grammar Revision

Examination Skills Practice

Extra-curricular opportunities

  • European Day of Languages Celebrations
  • MFL Bake-Off
  • Language Leaders
  • Trip to Barcelona

Key Stage 5 

Exam board

Exam Specification: Spanish AQA 7692 (consult website for full information)


Spanish at A Level offers students the fantastic opportunity to work towards becoming a linguist, with fascinating insights into Spanish-speaking countries and culture, and a world of career opportunities. The Spanish course gives students a profound understanding of the mechanics of the language, grammar and vocabulary, and of how Spanish speaking people use language in real life.

The course is organised around three broad themes: Social Issues and Trends (Theme 1); Political and Artistic Culture (Theme 2); and Literary texts and Films (Theme 3). The course is linear (all examinations are at the end of the two-year course).

There are three papers:

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

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

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


Year 12

Year 13

Los valores tradicionales y modernos (Traditional and Modern values)

La immigración (Immigration)

El ciberespacio (Cyber-society)

El racismo (Racism and Xenophobia)

La igualdad de los sexos (Gender issues)

La convivencia  (Social harmony)

La influencia de los ídolos (The influence of celebrities)

Jóvenes de hoy, ciudadanos del mañana (Today’s youth, tomorrow’s citizens)

La identidad regional en España  (Regional identity in Spain)

Monarquías y dictaduras (Monarchies and dictatorships)

El patrimonio cultural (Cultural heritage)

Los movimientos populares (Trade Unionism, Protests and Strikes)

Cultural Topic: Film - El laberinto del fauna

Cultural Topic : Literature - La casa de Bernarda Alba

Individual Research Project

Individual Research Project

Extra-curricular opportunities 

Cultural Enrichment: 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.