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Spanish is the taught language at Astrea Academy Sheffield, a department that is driven by a genuine passion for languages and culture. We believe that communicating in an additional language is a vital skill in the modern world and we aim to inspire all of our pupils with the curiosity and enjoyment of learning languages. We pride ourselves on delivering a knowledge-rich curriculum which enables pupils to communicate in the Spanish language on a variety of topics, all of which is underpinned with a sound knowledge of grammatical concepts.


In Spanish, we have made the decision that all of the subject content we teach during Key Stage 3 is vitally important for our pupils’ development and ability to access GCSE content in Spanish. Due to the reduced amount of time pupils have had in schools during the 2019/20 academic year, we have ensured that the curriculum meets the objectives of the programme of study in preparation for GCSE

  • Pupils entering Y8 will cover the topic of hobbies with a robust focus on how to conjugate regular and irregular present tense verbs.
  • Pupils entering Y9 will cover the key skill of how to conjugate regular and irregular verbs in the preterite tense as well robust revision on how to use present and future tense verbs.
  • With a focus on grammar, this will provide pupils with the vital transferable skills to be able to apply in a variety of contexts using varied vocabulary.
  • All pupils entering Y8 and Y9 will be reminded of key language at the beginning and throughout the academic year to enable them to continue making progress.
  • As we begin teaching GCSE content in Y10 it is imperative that we cover all of this vital content before the end of the year.

Key Stage 3

We cover the all of the key lexical fields and grammatical concepts at key stage 3 to give pupils the best foundation possible to succeed in their GCSEs.


Greetings and introductions
Describing myself and my family
Describing school life
Talking about free time and hobbies
Present tense verbs


Describing hobbies including TV, music, reading and using a mobile phone
Describing a day in the past using the preterite tense
Giving opinions on food and drink
Ordering a meal in a café/restaurant
Describing holidays in the preterite, present and future tenses


Giving opinions on music, art and the cinema
Using the present and preterite tenses together
Describing a healthy lifestyle
Talking about your daily routine
Talking about global and social issues including the environment, children’s rights and fair trade


Pupils are assessed formally twice per year. All assessments model GCSE style questions and pupils will receive a percentage after each assessment. Assessments can contain questions on any of the previous topics from KS3 which means pupils have to be able to recall content from the whole year.

Key Stage 4

Exam Board – AQA

Awards – GCSE Spanish

After a comprehensive Key Stage 3 programme, pupils will be streamlined in to studying for GCSE Spanish. Pupils will either sit the Foundation or Higher paper.

GCSE Themes & Topics

Theme 1

Identity and Culture

  • Self and family
  • Social Media
  • Reading
  • Descriptions and relationships
  • Free time activities
  • Sport and entertainment
  • Daily routine
  • Food and drink
  • Festivals

Theme 2

Local, national, international and global areas of interest

  • Holidays
  • Describing your hometown / region
  • Future plans
  • Shopping
  • Environmental issues
  • Global and social issues
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Global events

Theme 3

Current and future study and employment

  • School life
  • Part time employment
  • Job applications
  • Future plans for employment


The GCSE Spanish exam is made up of four components:


Written exam: 45 minutes (Foundation Tier), 1 hour (Higher Tier)

60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)

25% of GCSE


Written exam: 1 hour (Foundation Tier), 1 hour 15 minutes (Higher Tier)

50 marks at Foundation Tier and 60 marks at Higher Tier

25% of GCSE


Written exam: 35 minutes (Foundation Tier), 45 minutes (Higher Tier)

40 marks (Foundation Tier),
50 marks (Higher Tier)

25% of GCSE


Non-exam assessment
7–9 minutes (Foundation Tier) + preparation time
10–12 minutes (Higher Tier) + preparation time

60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)

25% of GCSE

Home Learning

Pupils have two parts to their learning every topic:

  1. Revising from their knowledge organiser and completing a vocabulary test every two weeks.
  2. Pupils will be set pages from their homework booklets which is topic based.

How can you help?

  1. Make sure your child is reading every night. Reading for pleasure is fundamental to academic success in every subject.
  2. Read our half-termly newsletter so that you know what your child is studying. Having conversations about topics of study can be powerful.
  3. Help your child with their home learning in Spanish. You can test their knowledge of vocabulary and allow them to practise saying their words and phrases out loud to you.