¡Bienvenidos al Departamento de Español!
Welcome to the Spanish Department. Today, 329 million people speak Spanish as a native language (as second and first language approximately 500 million Spanish speakers around the globe). Spanish is spoken as an official language in 21 countries and it is the second most spoken language in the world in terms of native speakers, after Mandarin Chinese.
At King David, we are proud to have a thriving and growing Spanish Department. The mission of the Spanish department at King David High School is to develop an interest in and enthusiasm for language learning. We endeavour to develop pupils’ confidence and competence so that they become increasingly independent learners and users of Spanish. We dedicate ourselves to fostering students’ progress in the four skill areas: reading, writing, speaking and listening. In addition, we seek to increase students’ understanding and cultural awareness of the contemporary society of countries where Spanish is spoken.
All students benefit from learning both French and Spanish in Year 7. They have 2 lessons of each language in year 7. In year 8, Solomon pupils continue with both French and Spanish, whilst pupils in Saul 1, 2 and David study either French or Spanish. Pupils who wish to continue with French and Spanish may attend a lunchtime club once a week.
The Spanish KS3 course follows the Viva programme, supplemented by many additional authentic resources.
All pupils have access to the online course material, Active Learn, https://www.pearsonactivelearn.com/ , where they are able to reinforce and /or extend their learning in the language.
Pupils are encouraged to explore cross-curricular and cultural themes, as well as develop their personal learning and thinking skills. They are supported so that they are able to use the target language spontaneously during lessons, and they develop a wide vocabulary base from which to progress to the examination course offered in Key Stage Four.
Pupils who have elected to study a language to GCSE level follow the AQA course. Pupils study the following themes on which the listening, reading, speaking and writing assessments are based.
All pupils have access to the online course material, Kerboodle, https://www.kerboodle.com/, enabling them to develop the skills covered in lessons.
Pupils at KS5 benefit from small class sizes and expert teaching, achieving great success at both AS and A2 Level. They follow the AQA course and study the following themes on which the final 3 examinations are based.
To encourage the learning of we invite our pupils to visit websites such as
https://www.pearsonactivelearn.com/ (KS3. Ask your teacher for your username and login.)
www.kerboodle.com (KS4. Ask your teacher for your username and login.)
www.wordreference.com (free, online dictionary)
http://www.periodicoelgancho.com/ (A really good newspaper for children.)
www.atantot.com (fun games to learn vocabulary at KS3 and KS4)
www.quizlet.com (create flashcards and vocabulary list)
We also encourage pupils to listen to the radio via the Internet on websites such as www.rtve.es/radio/
Mrs C.Ackers - Head of MFL.
Mrs V.Chapman - Teacher of Spanish
Mme N. Janvier – Teacher of French.
Mrs C. Goodman – Teacher of French.
Mrs L. Leigh - Teacher of French.
Miss. M.Zaragoza-Colas – Teacher of French and Spanish