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KS4 Spanish

G.C.S.E. Spanish


Students have to do three pieces of controlled writing assessment and three speaking controlled assessment tasks. The two best scores in each skill are then selected and sent to the Examination Board.

In total, writing and speaking each account for 30% of the total GCSE marks. A Listening examination and a Reading examination (which is tiered) take place at the end of the course in May or June in Year11. Each element is worth 20% of the total marks Foundation tier Reading and Listening are graded G-C. Higher tier Reading and Listening are graded E-A*.

Year 9
                         Topic           Skills
Autumn 1

Past, present weather.
  • Imperfect tense.
  • Revision of preterite tense.
  • Use of 'Despues de/antes de..' and infinitive.
Autumn 2

Films and TV.
  • Revision present tense; Ar, Er and IR.
  • Adj agreement comparatives.
  • Regular preterite (all forms) and near future.
Spring 1

Body parts.
Illnesses and accidents.
Healthy lifestyle.
  • Doler.
  • Tener Estar expressions.
  • Para and infinitive. Three time frames.
Spring 2

Earning money (third person) and jobs.
What you'd like to do.
Future plans.
  • Recognising and using third person.
  • Using me gustaria and infinitive.
  • Using future tense.
Summer 1

House, home.
Daily routine.
  • Lo bueno, malo; ser/estar.
  • Stem changers, present tense.
  • Reading texts.
Summer 2

GCSE Foundation Papers Summative 1.
Family and friends.
  • Exam techniques-gist; using cognates.
  • Civil states, Nacer dates.
  • Descriptions, justifications.
Year 10
                         Topic           Skills
Autumn 1

Free time activities.
Likes, dislikes.
Last weekend.
  • Soler and infinitive; connectives and concessives.
  • Verbs with infinitives.
  • Preterite imperfect (description). Despues de/antes de/al
Autumn 2

Future plans.
Things you used to do.
Controlled Assessment 1 WRITING.
  • Future expressions. Near future, future tense.
  • Imperfect tense.
  • Complex sentences. Structuring paragraphs.
Spring 1

Mock exam; Reading and Listening 2.
TV and films.
A visit to the cinema.
  • Exam techniques. Key vocab diagnostic.
  • Comparatives, superlatives, opinions.
  • Describing plot of a film preterite. Past descriptions.
Spring 2

Next weekend.
A celebrity.
CA2 SPEAKING on media.
  • Future expressions; future tense.
  • 3rd person preterite; biographical details.
  • Responding in detail and reacting spontaneously.
Summer 1

Holiday destinations, preferences.
Describing holiday destinations.
A recent holiday and weather.
  • Giving reasons. Making comparisons.
  • Se puede, hay, tiene. Es, esta and connectives.
  • Preterite (all persons); weather (all tenses); imperfect.
Summer 2

Plans for the summer.
Mock exam Reading & Listening 3.
CA3 WRITING Holidays.
  • Future and future expressions.
  • Exam techniques, key vocab diagnostic.
  • Complex sentences. Structured paragraphs.
Year 11
                         Topic           Skills
Autumn 1

Favourite day trips.
Describing places to visit and pictures.
Past and future, ideal visits.
  • Reasons and justifications.
  • Comparatives, superlatives.
  • Preterite and future. Conditional.
Autumn 2

CA4 Speaking, 'a day trip'.
Jobs and the future.
Mock exam Reading & listening 4.
  • Reacting to a range of question types.
  • Present subjunctive with 'Cuando...' future.
  • Exam techniques, key vocab diagnostic.
Spring 1

Work experience.
School personal qualities, CVs.
CA5 SPEAKING, CA6 WRITING. Jobs education.
  • Imperfect preterite.
  • Decir, pensar que..; Paragraphs with mixed tenses.
  • As required (job application, job interview).
Spring 2

Transport, environment.

  • Perfect tense; lifestyle vocab (food, dangers to health).
  • Deber, hay que.., comprehension of transport announcements, problems.
  • Expressing displeasure, problems with purchases.
Summer 1

Mock exam Reading & Listening 5.
Vocabulary acquisition techniques.
Spanish GCSE mid may.
  • Analysing strengths, weaknesses for final revision & tier of entry.
  • Group work testing and memory techniques.
Summer 2 Exams