piechart2Almost three quarters of all UK imports come from Europe and the Americas, making Spanish one of the most important languages to learn in the UK today. Language skills are vital for our country and for our students destined to become our future workforce. However, learning a language is not only important for the world of work, it is also a wonderful life-enriching skill which gives you confidence to travel and explore the world.

At Barlby some of our students begin learning Spanish in Year 8, so that towards the end of Key Stage 3 they are able to make clear choices about learning languages in Key Stage 4.

We offer our students the opportunity to study GCSE Spanish, using a lively and relevant curriculum appropriate for today’s young people. We aim to make the learning of languages an enjoyable experience and emphasise communicative competence, active learning and cultural awareness.


Skills are developed, cultural awareness increased and knowledge gained through various topics. The key objectives are:

Listening identifying gist and detail interpreting intonation and tone coping with unfamiliar language
Reading different text types context main points and detail text features
Speaking social and classroom language using intonation and tone presenting using prompts expression/non-verbal techniques
Writing sentences and texts as models building text different text types writing creatively building structure using varied vocabulary
Language & Grammar negatives questions high-frequency words present tense verbs letters and sounds gender and plurals

sentence formation

set phrases about the past

modal verbs

set phrases about the future

Developing Strategies reading aloud memorising evaluating and improving using reference materials recognising patterns working out meaning

planning and preparing

SMSC young people: interests and opinions differences and similarities between countries/cultures challenging stereotypes aspects of everyday life


The curriculum is broad and learning takes place through practical, relevant learning to encourage a love of the language.  Areas covered are:

At home and abroad – food, Tourist Office, past tense, present tense, travel and holidays.

Education, training and employment – extra-curricular activities, uniform, facilities, rules, working environment and It can…

House, home and daily routine – ‘When he was young’, family, descriptive language, household jobs, Mi Casa, people, identity and daily routines.

Media, entertainment and youth culture – opinions, programmes and culture.

Countries and nationalities – towns, cities and countries.

Social activities, fitness and health – illness, remedies, healthy living & food, parts of the body and sport.

Travel and tourism – Welcome to … , complaints and holidays.

For many years we have run overseas visits to France but we also hope to begin taking educational visits to Spain in the near future.

Many of our students go on to take Spanish at ‘A’ level in college and some continue as linguists at University. This puts our students at a great advantage when they eventually join the world of work.  For those who study at a higher level this broadens the opportunities available and includes positions such as hospitality, catering, tourism, marketing, advertising and translator.