Subjects
at Cockermouth School

Spanish

Key Stage 3

Year 7

The Year 7 course covers the following topic areas: introduction to Spain and Latin America, greetings, talking about yourself and your family, school, weather, free time, daily routine and food.  There are two main assessments, one around Christmas/New Year and the other at the end of the year. These assessments use GCSE-style questions to help prepare students for the demands of public examinations.

Year 8

The Year 8 course covers the following topic areas: going on holiday and talking in the past, talking about television, films and books preferences, where you live and looking at the differences between living in Spain and England. There are two main assessments, one around Christmas/New Year and the other at the end of the year. These assessments use GCSE-style questions to help prepare students for the demands of public examinations.

Year 9

The Year 9 course covers the following topic areas:  fashion, leisure time, planning a trip abroad, healthy living, future plans, and the environment. There are two main assessments, one around Christmas/New Year and the other at the end of the year. These assessments use GCSE-style questions to help prepare students for the demands of public examinations.

Key Stage 4

Year 10

The Year 10 course prepares students for the AQA GCSE examination. Topics covered this year include: me, my family and friends, technology in everyday life, free time activities, customs and festivals in Spanish-speaking countries/communities, home, town, neighbourhood and region and social issues. The assessment takes place in the Year 10 exam period and involves a past GCSE examination.

Year 11

Year 11 completes the AQA course and covers the following topics: global issues, travel and tourism, my studies, life at school/college, education post-16 and jobs, career choices and ambitions. There is a mock examination in January and the final examinations take place in May/June.

Key Stage 5

Year 12

Year 12 starts the AQA course and follows the following topics: aspects of Hispanic-speaking society covering traditional and modern values, cyberspace, sexual equality, and artistic culture in the Hispanic world covering the influence of our idols, regional identity in Spain and cultural heritage.  Towards the end of Year 12 we start our two cultural topics: Guillermo del Toro and Como Agua para Chocolate by Laura Esquivel.  Over the summer holidays, the Year 12 students start preparing for their Independent Research Project.

Year 13

Year 13 completes the AQA course and covers the following topics: multiculturalism in Hispanic society covering immigration, racism and cultural integration in Hispanic society, and aspects of political life in the Hispanic world covering youth of today, monarchies and dictatorships, trade unions.  Students also complete studying the cultural topics that they started studying in Year 12, and work independently on their Independent Research Projects.