“If you talk to a man in a language that he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.”  Nelson Mandela

The aim in the MFL department at Raine´s is to provide our students with a positive language learning experience.  Speaking a foreign language improves the functionality of your brain by challenging it to recognise, negotiate meaning, and communicate in different language systems. This skill boosts your ability to negotiate meaning in other problem-solving tasks as well. 

We are committed to mixed ability teaching and recognise that to do this effectively; the curriculum has to be planned carefully. Both KS3 and KS4 are well-resourced, all room are equipped with interactive whiteboard. We use Viva in year 7 and 8, and Mira and Listos in year 9, for KS4 and KS5 we use AQA book by Nelson Thornes to support the Spanish curriculum.  We create most of our own resources, and have access to many online resources.

We are proud of the fact that we maintain links with former pupils, and those pupils who have been successful in languages return to support current Raine´s pupils in their MFL lessons.


M. Garrido (Head of MFL)

A. Greenidge (Teacher of Spanish)



Spanish is taken by all pupils in year 7 to 9 and by those pupils who have opted for the subject at Key Stage 4. Spanish is taught for two periods a week in year 7 and from year 8 Spanish is taught for three periods a week as part of the MFL allocation.

From September 2016 the school will be adopting a two-year KS3 programme of study; therefore provision will change as year 8 students will opt to continue with their language studies in February of their academic year.                                                     

Year 7 Spanish VIVA 1

Autumn Term

Module 1 Mi vida  

Module 2 Mi tiempo libre (Part 1)

Spring Term

Module 3 Mi instituto

Module 4 Mi familia y mis amigos

Summer Term

Module 5 Mi ciudad


                                                                    Year 8 Spanish VIVA 2

Autumn Term

Module 1 De vacaciones

Module 2 Todo sobre mi (Part 1)

Spring Term

Module 2 Todo sobre mi (Part 2)

Module 3 ¡A comer!

Summer Term

Module 4 ¿Qué hacemos?


Year 9 Spanish FCSE Exam

In year 9 all pupils will be entered for the FCSE exam by AQA. This course helps students develop communication skills routinely acquired at levels of study equivalent to National Curriculum Levels 4, 5 or 6. The qualification bridges the gap between ELC and GCSE. There are three levels of award: Pass, Merit or Distinction. FCSE covers all four language skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

This qualification can be used as a standalone accreditation or is ideal preparation for a GCSE in Spanish. GCSE Spanish counts towards the English Baccalaureate.

Autumn Term

La familia y las amistades

Vacaciones (Part 1)

Spring Term

Healthy Living

Education (Part 1)

Summer Term

Education (Part 2)



The study of a modern foreign language is no longer compulsory in line with National Curriculum requirements. We aim to consolidate any knowledge of Spanish acquired in the lower years and seek to develop the pupils´ ability to speak, understand spoken and written Spanish and to write accurately. Their areas of experience will include introducing themselves, talking about where they live, about the weather and free time activities, out and about in town and daily home and school routines.

The overarching work of the department is to develop confidence in the pupils´ ability to learn a new language by laying solid foundations in language learning. We focus on strategies such as comparing pronunciation in English and Spanish, similarities in both languages, the gender of noun and its effect on adjectives and past participles, using quantifiers and learning about cognates. They are also taught to cope with new vocabulary, to use high frequency words, connectives, spelling patterns, work out meanings, to add more detail and to understand the sequence of words in Spanish.

We offer annual trips to Barcelona or Madrid where students get the opportunity to soak up some Spanish culture. We have a Spanish assistant who works with the students in small groups or one to one.

Key Stage 4 (year 10 and 11)

Students will take the AQA Linear terminal examination

Listening 20%

Reading 20%

Speaking 30% (2 controlled assessment pieces)

Writing 30% (2 controlled assessment pieces)



Healthy Living

Family and Relationships

Free Time and Media

Holidays, Home and Local area

Environment, Education and Careers



Year 10 Spanish


Autumn Term

Healthy Living

Family and Relationships


Spring Term

Continue with Family and Relationships

Speaking Controlled Assessment

Free Time


Summer Term



Written controlled assessment



Year 11 Spanish


Autumn Term

Home and Local area

Written controlled assessment

Exam practice

Mock exam


Spring Term


Speaking controlled assessment



Summer Term*

Past Papers practice


*Usually it´s only two to three weeks after Easter.


A-level Spanish helps students develop confident, effective communication skills in Spanish and a thorough understanding of the culture of countries and communities where Spanish is spoken. It develops an interest in, and enthusiasm for, language learning and encourages students to consider their study of the language in a broader context. 

This four-unit specification requires students to develop their ability to write and speak in Spanish with accurate grammar and syntax for a range of purposes and to understand written or spoken Spanish in a variety of contexts and genres.

This course is particularly suitable for students who have studied GCSE Spanish or the AQA Certificate in Spanish and wish to study Spanish at a higher level.

AS Subject content

Media: Television, Advertisement and Communication Technology

Popular Culture: Cinema, Music and Fashion

Healthy Living: Sports, Healthy Wellbeing and Holidays

Family and Relationships: Relationships with the family, Friendships, Marriage and Partnerships




Unit 1 – SPAN1

Listening, Reading and Writing

70% of AS, 35% of A Level    

2 hour written examination

110 marks


Unit 2 –SPA2T

Speaking Test

30% of AS, 15% of A Level

35 minutes speaking test (including 20 minutes preparation)

50 marks



AS Examinations

A2 Examinations

2 at a Glance


A2 Subject content

Environment: Energy, Pollution and Protecting the environment

Multicultural Society: Immigration, Integration and Racism

Contemporary Social Issues: Wealth and Poverty, Law and Order and Impact of scientific progress

Cultural Topic.  Como agua para el chocolate by Laura Esquivel, La Casa de Bernarda Alba by Federico García Lorca



Unit 3 – SPAN3

Listening, Reading and Writing

35% of A Level

2 hours 30 minutes written examination

110 marks


Unit 4 – SPA4T/V

Speaking Test

15% of A Level

35 minutes speaking test (including 20 minutes preparation)

50 marks

A2 Examinations

Unit 1: Computer Fundamentals


• Hardware

• Software

• Data: its presentation, structure and management

• Data transmission and networking

• Systems development life cycle

• Characteristics of information systems

• Implications of computer use


Unit 2: Programming Techniques and Logical Methods


• Designing solutions to problems

• The structure of procedural programs

• Data types and data structures

• Common facilities of procedural languages

• Writing maintainable programs

• Testing and running a solution


A2 Units


Unit  3: Advanced Computing Theory


• The function of operating systems

• The function and purpose of translators

• Computer architectures

• Data representation

• Data structures and data manipulation

• High-level language programming paradigms

• Programming techniques

• Low-level languages

• Databases


Unit 4: Computing Project

• Definition, investigation and analysis

• Design

• Software development and testing

• Documentation

• Evaluation

• The written report


Course assessment details


Year 12


AS Module 1 Exam in January  = 50% of AS – 25% of A2 level marks


AS Module 2 Exam in June = 50% of AS – 25% of A2 level marks


Year 13

A2 Module 3 Exam in January = 25% of total A2 level marks

A2 Module 4 Coursework = 25 % of total A2 level marks


How will I study?


Through seminars, discussions, presentations, practical and individual work. Research will be carried out using books, periodicals & ICT.


What do I need to start the course?


A*– B or equivalent in GCSE Higher papers for Mathematics, Science and ICT. A minimum grade C in at least two other GCSE subjects.


Students who have not studied ICT or Computing in years 10 and 11 may still be considered for AS Computing course after consultation with course tutor.


Where could it lead?


Computing offers a wide range of skills and options for students wishing to study any subject at degree level. It is increasingly accepted as a science qualification

at highest University levels. Career paths are extremely wide ranging in both specialisms offered and levels of occupational involvement.

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