Spanish is the fourth most commonly spoken language in the world, spoken by almost 400 million people worldwide, which is why at Pen Y Dre we give our learners the opportunity to learn the language. Learning Spanish gives pupils an opportunity to develop an understanding of other cultures and introduces an international dimension to their education.
Spanish is taught at Key Stage 3 and pupils are encouraged to develop knowledge and understanding of both the spoken and written forms of the language in a range of context. Pupils enjoy two lessons per fortnight in year 7 – 9 and four lessons per fortnight as a GCSE option subject in key stage 4. Year 7 are taught in mixed ability form classes and from year 8 onwards classes are taught in ability sets. THs academic year will see our first year 11 cohort gaining GCSE Spanish qualifications.
Pupils are involved in improving their own learning and are involved in setting targets for improvements. Literacy and oracy skills are both supported through the development of communication, oracy, reading and writing skills. This in turn increases learner’s confidence and independence.
A popular lunchtime club is held weekly for pupils wanting to improve their Spanish speaking skills in an informal context.