The Spanish department at Kingswood encourages pupils to use Spanish in the classroom as soon and as much as possible, and we focus on delivering the majority of each lesson in the target language. Pupils will hear a range of accents, allowing them to adapt to Spanish speakers from different countries and regions, and also benefit from the department's Hispanic cultural experiences. It is our firm belief that pupils will make the most of the subject when they see a real purpose for learning it. To this end, we incorporate a wide range of activities in our teaching, making use of songs, games and our interactive language laboratory. We are also keen for our students to experience Spanish outside the classroom.
Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the world. Learning Spanish enables students to speak with people not only in Spain, but also in the majority of South America. Moreover, it is the second language in the country with the world's most powerful economy, the USA. According to recent studies, Hispanic consumers are the fastest-growing market segment. Being able to speak Spanish allows Kingswood students to become more marketable to potential employers in an increasingly global economy. Spanish can also facilitate the learning of other Latin languages, including Portuguese and Italian.
Key Stage 3
Learning Spanish at KS3 makes a unique contribution to the curriculum by allowing pupils to explore the lifestyle and culture of countries in which it is spoken. By the end of KS3, pupils will be able to speak in complex sentences and speak using at least four tenses. Pupils also get the wonderful opportunity to travel to Seville.
GCSE pupils follow the AQA specification. Students will acquire the ability to read and respond to texts in the target language, as well as to listen to native speakers. They will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge in a variety of ways, such as in role-play, film, literature and ICT work.
Examples of some of the events and trips that have taken place in the Spanish department in recent years include annual trips to see Spanish plays produced by the Onatti Theatre Group for GCSE pupils and an exchange trip to Madrid.
Examples of some of the events and trips that have taken place in the Spanish department in recent years include:
- A-Level cinema evenings at the Little Theatre, Bath
- Tapas and Spanish-speaking evenings
- Exchange trip to Madrid
- Sixth Form Languages Day at Southampton University
We also welcomed Jason Webster for a seminar on the Spanish Civil War and its legacy. Jason is the author of the acclaimed book Guerra, which is about his experiences of living in Spain and how the horrors of the Spanish Civil War are still relevant to Spain today. We were joined for this excellent seminar by the A-Level Spanish pupils of five other schools in the local area
This year, the Spanish department welcomed Professor Stephen Hart, who studied Latin American Film, Literature and Culture at University College, London, who gave a seminar on the work of Gabriel García Márquez, an author that Year 13 students are studying for their A-Level examination. Professor Hart has spent significant time in Colombia producing a documentary on García Márquez that gives a real insight into the author, his life and the experiences that influenced his novels. Our Sixth Form Spanish students benefitted from having such an expert speak to them about the intricacies of García Márquez’s writing. We look forward to welcoming Professor Hart again in the next academic year.