The Purbeck School Spanish Curriculum 

Why Study Spanish at The Purbeck School?   

The Spanish department aims to encourage as many students as possible to continue the study of the language to GCSE. We aim to make Spanish an inspiring and enjoyable subject as KS3 and want to continue to make it accessible to all and taught to all for at least the first 3 years at Purbeck. 

How is Spanish taught? 

  • KS3 – Students are taught in mixed ability classes for three hours each fortnight. 
  • KS4 – Students are taught in mixed ability classes for five hours each fortnight. 

Rationale and ambition for The Purbeck School Spanish Curriculum: 

  • understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources  
  • speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation  
  • can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt  
  • discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied 

Key concepts:

The concepts that The Purbeck School Spanish curriculum aims to support student progression in are:  

  1. Having an understanding of the 3 main tenses and applying the grammar across various topics. 
  2. Developing an increasingly in-depth understanding of spelling and punctuation, including looking for patterns and applying rules where appropriate. 
  3. Understanding and assimilating information in MFL in listening and in reading exercises progressing to being confident doing this at near-normal speed.  
  4. Having the ability to respond to spontaneous and open ended questions, producing their own language not necessarily learned in the classroom, express their own thoughts and develop language strategies, including repair strategies. 
  5. Developing a more authentic accent and develop their ability to communicate confidently and coherently with increasing accuracy. 
  6. Having the ability to translate from MFL to Mother tongue and back again, adapting where needed using the correct register. 
  7.  Completing increasingly more independent learning by memorising language and revising regularlydeepening their knowledge of how language works showing understanding of extended language in a wide range of contexts. 
  8. Developing an awareness and understanding of the culture and identity of the countries and communities where the language is spoken 
  9. Developing language learning skills both for immediate use and to prepare them for further language study and use in school, higher education or in employment 

Useful links: 

KS3 National curriculum Spanish: 

GCSE National Curriculum Spanish: 

GCSE Specification 

Long Term Overview:

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