Spanish Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 students will practice the 4 skills, speaking, reading, listening and writing. Students will start learning about using the present tense in Spanish and using key words to be able to communicate in the foreign language early on. We will start with describing things and people, say what people have, do and where they go. In Year 7 we will also start asking questions and expressing future intentions. In Year 8, we will first focus on the past tense and sharing experiences and talking about what we did. We will then learn about school and food as well as talking about the environment. In Year 9, the focus will be on family and technology in the first half-term followed by what we do in our free time as well as discovering what Spanish people do over the festive season. In the spring term, we will first learn about food, sport and describing our house and town. Then we will discuss environmental and social issues. For the summer term we will describe what we learn at school and what we do on holidays. Our studies follow the National Curriculum and the NCELP programme to teach languages.

Year 7Year 8Year 9
Key Concepts

In year 7, students will gain a grounding in Spanish phonics, grammar and useful vocabulary.

In year 8, students will learn how to describe past, present and future events. They will also learn common word patterns between Spanish and English words.

In year 9, students will gain a grounding in the topics studied at GCSE Spanish. Students will also learn how to express opinions and describe past, present and future events

Autumn Term

(Sep-Oct)

Describing places and location.

Describing what people are like

Saying what people have and do

Regular past tense verbs

Verbs ser’ and estar (to be)

Verb hacer (to do/make)

Understanding common patterns between nouns in English and Spanish.

Family, relationships and friends

Marriage and partnership

Social media

Free-time activities and food

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment focus on listening and Grammar 

Assessment focus on reading and speaking

Assessment focus on reading, writing and grammar

Autumn Term

(Nov-Dec)

Saying what people do and don’t do

Describing different places and what is around you

Understanding common verbs, such as: ser (to be), dar (to give) and querer (to want).

Talking about school, free-time activities, free-time and emotions.

Describing future plans

Talking about what people do (work)

Sport and free-time activities

Family life

Spanish customs and festivals

Describing your house

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment focus on reading, translation and Grammar 

Assessment focus on speaking and writing

Assessment focus on listening and grammar

Spring Term

(Jan-Feb)

Talking about family

Asking and answering questions

Understanding the Spanish-speaking world

Describing what people do (technology and social networks)

Describing what different people did in the past (Free time activities)

Talking about the environment

Saying what you do for others

Routines and daily life

Talking about your hometown

Charity and voluntary work

Healthy and unhealthy living

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment focus on speaking

Assessment focus on listening and speaking

Assessment focus on reading, writing and grammar

Spring Term

(Feb-April)

Talking about what you do with others

Saying what you can do

Understanding modal verbs (must, can and want)

Describing a series of events (Narration)

Talking about giving and receiving (Birthdays)

Describing how things make people feel

Giving opinions about school

The environment

Poverty and homelessness

Holidays and travel

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment focus on writing and translation

Assessment focus on reading and writing

Assessment focus on listening and grammar

Summer Term

(Feb-May)

Describing what people do

Talking about travel and technology

Understanding the present tense in Spanish

Visiting a Spanish speaking city

Describing family members

Describing how people feel

Comparing things

Describing what people do and did (sport)

Comparing where people go and went

Regions of Spain

School and subjects 

The school day

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment focus on listening and grammar

Assessment focus on reading, listening and writing

Assessment focus on listening, reading, writing and grammar

Summer Term

(May-July)

Describing people and possessions

Describing what people do and don’t do

Discussing future plans

Saying when and where people go (travel)

Asking questions about what people did 

Learning about a famous Spanish speaking person

Describing school

Describing what is happening now

Describing Hispanic traditions 

Talking about past and future trips

Future plans (work and study)

Jobs and occupations

Revision of past, present and future tenses

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment focus on reading and speaking

Assessment focus on speaking

Assessment focus on speaking


Year 7

Key Concepts

In year 7, students will gain a grounding in Spanish phonics, grammar and useful vocabulary.

Quality Mark Assessments

Autumn Term

(Sep-Oct)

Describing places and location.

Describing what people are like

Saying what people have and do

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment focus on listening and Grammar 

Autumn Term

(Nov-Dec)

Saying what people do and don’t do

Describing different places and what is around you

Understanding common verbs, such as: ser (to be), dar (to give) and querer (to want).

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment focus on reading, translation and Grammar 

Spring Term

(Jan-Feb)

Talking about family

Asking and answering questions

Understanding the Spanish-speaking world

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment focus on speaking

Spring Term

(Feb-April)

Talking about what you do with others

Saying what you can do

Understanding modal verbs (must, can and want)

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment focus on writing and translation

Summer Term

(Feb-May)

Describing what people do

Talking about travel and technology

Understanding the present tense in Spanish

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment focus on listening and grammar

Summer Term

(May-July)

Describing people and possessions

Describing what people do and don’t do

Discussing future plans

Saying when and where people go (travel)

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment focus on reading and speaking


Year 8

Key Concepts

In year 8, students will learn how to describe past, present and future events. They will also learn common word patterns between Spanish and English words.

Quality Mark Assessments

Autumn Term

(Sep-Oct)

Regular past tense verbs

Verbs ser’ and estar (to be)

Verb hacer (to do/make)

Understanding common patterns between nouns in English and Spanish.

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment focus on reading and speaking

Autumn Term

(Nov-Dec)

Talking about school, free-time activities, free-time and emotions.

Describing future plans

Talking about what people do (work)

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment focus on speaking and writing

Spring Term

(Jan-Feb)

Describing what people do (technology and social networks)

Describing what different people did in the past (Free time activities)

Talking about the environment

Saying what you do for others

Routines and daily life

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment focus on listening and speaking

Spring Term

(Feb-April)

Describing a series of events (Narration)

Talking about giving and receiving (Birthdays)

Describing how things make people feel

Giving opinions about school

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment focus on reading and writing

Summer Term

(Feb-May)

Visiting a Spanish speaking city

Describing family members

Describing how people feel

Comparing things

Describing what people do and did (sport)

Comparing where people go and went

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment focus on reading, listening and writing

Summer Term

(May-July)

Asking questions about what people did 

Learning about a famous Spanish speaking person

Describing school

Describing what is happening now

Describing Hispanic traditions 

Talking about past and future trips

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment focus on speaking


Year 9

Key Concepts

In year 9, students will gain a grounding in the topics studied at GCSE Spanish. Students will also learn how to express opinions and describe past, present and future events

Quality Mark Assessments

Autumn Term

(Sep-Oct)

Family, relationships and friends

Marriage and partnership

Social media

Free-time activities and food

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment focus on reading, writing and grammar

Autumn Term

(Nov-Dec)

Sport and free-time activities

Family life

Spanish customs and festivals

Describing your house

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment focus on listening and grammar

Spring Term

(Jan-Feb)

Talking about your hometown

Charity and voluntary work

Healthy and unhealthy living

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment focus on reading, writing and grammar

Spring Term

(Feb-April)

The environment

Poverty and homelessness

Holidays and travel

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment focus on listening and grammar

Summer Term

(Feb-May)

Regions of Spain

School and subjects 

The school day

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment focus on listening, reading, writing and grammar

Summer Term

(May-July)

Future plans (work and study)

Jobs and occupations

Revision of past, present and future tenses

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment focus on speaking