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Spanish Curriculum KS3

Curriculum Intent 

Sacred Heart is a community of faith and learning, based on the Gospel of Jesus Christ, his values and teachings. The Sacred Heart five goals and High Performance Learning are at the centre of our Sacred Heart Education.

Advanced Performers 

Our Spanish teachers believe in fostering a passion for languages through a well-planned, rigorous curriculum and innovative, engaging teaching. Via CPL&D, we are committed to constantly improve everything we do so that we can make a difference to the young women who will shape our future, regardless of ability or background. We demand a high standard of work and behaviour from all our pupils so that they can achieve high levels of attainment and expertise in Spanish, enabling them to fulfil their potential both in Higher Education and Careers.  The Spanish department  takes a ‘backwards planning’ approach to curriculum and assessment.

Our Spanish lessons are designed to develop pupils’:

  • Understanding of the spoken and written forms of Spanish  in a range of contexts including authentic materials.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in Spanish through speaking and writing using a range of vocabulary, grammatical structures, explicit teaching of phonics, and engaging texts.
  • Intellectual confidence, for example by entering our in-house competitions as well as external ones.

Our lessons help pupils increase literacy across English as we encourage them to compare Spanish to English, leading to improvements in the knowledge of English grammar and use of metalanguage.  Via a range of strategies we employ, for example the teaching of phonics, our Spanish lessons lead to improvements in reading skills

Global citizens and leaders

Via the use of engaging texts in Spanish lessons and our cultural capital enrichment club, our competitions, we build pupils’ cultural capital by developing their  aesthetic appreciation of the rich heritage of Spain and Spanish-speaking countries.  We cover aspects of history, geography, current affairs, human rights in Spain and Spanish-speaking countries.   The worldly knowledge pupils acquire in our lessons contributes to British values – tolerance, diversity. 

Enterprising and confident learners

We provide a safe learning environment built upon mutual respect. The message communicated to  pupils is that they can learn from their mistakes, enabling them to become more resilient in all key stages. 

Spanish is a challenging and respected academic pursuit. The logic and rigour required by the subject are very highly regarded by Higher Education Institutions. Spanish is useful as a tool to such a wide range of careers that success ensures many opportunities later in life.

Skills -Assessment Objectives (AOs)
  • My life: Me, my family & friends
  • Where I live: My town, my free time
  • My school: Opinions, subjects
  • My holidays: Opinions, past tense
  • AO1 – Listening (understand & respond to different types of spoken language)
  • AO2 – Speaking (communicate & interact in speech)
  • AO3 – Reading (understand & respond to different types of written language)
  • AO4 - Writing (communicate in writing)

Modules Taught

Year 8
Year 9

M how.

“Mi vida” – greetings, personality descriptions, family members, ages & birthdays, animals, colours.

“Mi tiempo libre” – giving opinions with infinitives, conjugating regular AR verbs, weather, using irregular verbs Hacer & Jugar

“Mi insti” – subjects, revision of AR verbs, giving opinions with reasons, describing school, using ER & IR verbs, listening strategies.

“Planes para el futuro” – Jobs & plans for after school, Me gustaría + infinitives.




“Mi familia y mis amigos” – family members, physical descriptions, describing where you live, using Estar. 

“Mi Ciudad” – Describing your town, telling time, using the verb Ir, ordering in a café, using the verb Querer, Saying what you’re going to do at the weekend, using the near future tense.

“Mis vacaciones” – Talking about a past holiday, using the preterite tense of Ir, Saying what you did on holiday, using the preterite of AR verbs, describing the last day, using the preterite of ER & IR verbs, giving opinions on your holiday, using the preterite of Ser.

“Todo sobre mi vida” – Talking about technology, revising the present tense, talking about music, giving opinions, talking about TV, using the comparative, saying what you did yesterday, using the present & the preterite together.












Year 8
Year 9

My life
My free time
My school

My family and friends
My city
My holidays
My life



Stretch & Challenge

Extension questions & tasks, focus on specific exam skills, authentic resources

Enrichment Opportunities

Cultural elements embedded in lessons, summer term project TBC