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Teacher of Spanish: Alison Fox:  afox@stpetersindependent.org.uk

Teacher of Spanish:  Katia Reis: kreis@stpetersindependent.org.uk

At St. Peter’s Independent School, Spanish is taught from Year 7 and is studied alongside French in Year 8 also. Students then choose to continue studying either French or Spanish to GCSE.

Key Stage 3

Language content and grammar are taught and practised through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities across a range of topic areas.

Form 1 (Year 7)

  • Describing themselves;
  • Talking about their school subjects and teachers;
  • Giving opinions and reasons;
  • Talking about snacks/ food and drink;
  • Talking about family, friends and pets;
  • Describing appearance and character;
  • Talking about physical description;
  • Talking and describing where you live;
  • Describing your house and room in your bedroom;
  • Saying what you like and don’t like;
  • Asking about places in town;
  • Making and responding to invitations;
  • Talking about the weather.

Form 2 (Year 8)

  • Describing family + friends + celebrities using adjectives;
  • Understanding nationalities;
  • Talking about places in town;
  • Inviting someone to go out;
  • Saying how and where you went on holidays;
  • Saying what you did on holidays;
  • Shopping for food;
  • Eating at a restaurant;
  • Talking about clothes / uniform / fancy dress ball;
  • Saying what there is to see when you are on holidays;
  • Asking for and giving direction;
  • Describing your dreaming holidays;

Form 3 (Year 9)

  • Talking about your week / daily routine;
  • Talking about live as a celebrity;
  • Saying what you have to do at work;
  • Talking about your future plans;
  • Describing your job;
  • Talking about healthy life and an active lifestyle and getting fit;
  • Talking about children’s rights / fair trade / recycling.


Pupils currently take the AQA Spanish GCSE (8698)

 The 8698 Spanish AQA specification covers three distinct themes.
Students are expected to understand and provide information and opinions about these themes relating to their own experiences and those of other people, including people in countries/communities where Spanish is spoken.

Theme 1:

Identity and culture

Theme 2:

Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Theme 3:

Current and future study and employment

Topic 1: Me, my family and friends

  • Relationships with family and friends
  • Marriage/partnership

Topic 2: Technology in everyday life

  • Social media
  • Mobile technology

Topic 3: Free-time activities

  • Music
  • Cinema and TV
  • Food and eating out
  • Sport
Topic 4: Customs and festivals in Spanish-speaking countries/communities

Topic 1: Home, town, neighbourhood and region

Topic 2: Social issues

  • Charity/voluntary work
  • Healthy/unhealthy living

Topic 3: Global issues

  • The environment
  • Poverty/homelessness
Topic 4: Travel and tourism

Topic 1: My studies


Topic 2: Life at school/college


Topic 3: Education post-16


Topic 4: Jobs, career choices and ambitions

GCSE Spanish has a Foundation Tier (grades 1–5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4–9). Students must take all four question papers at the same tier. All question papers must be taken in the same series.

Paper 1: Listening Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language.
                 Written exam: 35 minutes (Foundation Tier), 45 minutes (Higher Tier)

Paper 2: Speaking Communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of

                 7–9 minutes (Foundation Tier) + preparation time
                 10–12 minutes (Higher Tier) + preparation time

                 Role-play – 15 marks (2 minutes at Foundation Tier; 2 minutes at Higher Tier)
                 Photo card – 15 marks (2 minutes at Foundation Tier; 3 minutes at Higher Tier)
                 General conversation – 30 marks (3–5 minutes at Foundation Tier; 5–7 minutes at
                           Higher Tier)

Paper 3: Reading Understanding and responding to different types of written language. 
                 Written exam: 45 minutes (Foundation Tier), 1 hour (Higher Tier)
                 Section A – questions in English, to be answered in English or non-verbally
                 Section B – questions in Spanish, to be answered in Spanish or non-verbally
                 Section C – translation from Spanish into English

Paper 4: Writing Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes.
                 Written exam: 1 hour (Foundation Tier), 1 hour 15 minutes (Higher Tier)
                 Writing on a given theme – a longer and a shorter written task.
                 Translation into Spanish.