The Modern Foreign Languages department at Rushcroft Foundation School offers Spanish to all year groups. We aim to provide our students with strong linguistic skills which will enable them to travel and choose from a wider range of careers. We believe language learning contributes to creating well-rounded learners and citizens, and it also plays an important role in the future economic well-being of students.
In our day-to-day practice we aim to give our students a taste of different cultures and traditions, and pride ourselves in giving them an ample insight to modern life in Spanish and Mandarin speaking countries. We currently hold a strong partnership with schools both in Spain (Jerez, IES Fernando Savater School) and China (Shunde, Ronggui School). We have organised visits to Spain and China, to give our students a wealth of opportunities not only to learn the language, but also to experience the culture and make new friends with the students from our respective partner schools. Ultimately, we strive for our students to appreciate other cultures and ways of being.
In our lessons we aim to create independent learners who take ownership of their learning, who understand and use to their advantage the metacognitive processes involved in their learning and who have the skills required for effective group work.
Our language teachers understand the importance of using a variety of activities and a wide range of interactive equipment. We aspire to create engaging lessons which support the less able students and stretch the high achievers. It is also a priority for us to support numeracy and literacy learning.
We are very proud of the excellent exam results achieved by our students at GCSE in recent years.
Programmes of Study
Year Half term 1 Half term 2 Half term 3 Half term 4 Half term 5 Half term 6 7 Introduce yourself in Spanish (greetings, birthday, school objects) Talking about your school in Spanish (school subjects, likes and dislikes, describing your teacher) Talking about your family in Spanish (brother and sisters, descriptions) Talking about where you live (describing your house, your room) Talking about your hobbies (likes and dislikes, times) Talking about your life in Spanish (your town, invitations, directions, weather) 8 Talking about others and I (descriptions, hobbies, activities, daily routine, and introductions Talking about plans around town (places in town, future tense, likes and dislikes) Talking about holidays (past tense, weather, holiday activities) Talking about food (how to orders in a restaurant, likes and dislikes and report a meal in the past) Talking about clothes (school uniform, likes and dislikes) Talking about town (shops, give and understand directions) 9 Talking about media (giving opinions about TV, cinema and music. Using the past tense) Talking about school (subjects, opinions about teachers, descriptions, rules) Talking about health (parts of the body, report a pain, healthy and unhealthy lifestyles) Talking about money (chores at home, future jobs) Talking about Hispanic world (different Hispanic countries, different cultures) Talking about travelling (revision of different tenses and topics around the theme of travelling) 10 Holidays (describe a past holiday) On the Road (talking about shopping, future plans and food) My School (describing your school) My Routine (my family and my daily life) The World of Work (using the past to describe your work experience, using the future to talk about your future job). My Free Time (talking about sports, reviewing a film, likes and dislikes in music and TV) 11 The World of Work (using the past to describe your work experience, using the future to talk about your future job). Home and Environment (describing the place where you live, talking about the environment). Healthy Lifestyles (parts of the body, report a pain, healthy and unhealthy lifestyles, talk about youth My Free Time (talking about sports, reviewing a film, likes and dislikes in music and TV) Holidays Around the Planet (revision of holidays and environment)