In a world of shifting sands and emerging global economies, of changing landscapes in Europe and new ventures with international trade partners, it has never been more important to learn another language. It gives us the possibility to understand other cultures and interact on a level that is not possible without using the mother tongue. The London School of Economics states that we lose billions in revenue, due to our lack of being able to communicate in another language when, in other countries, people speak more than one as a matter of course. At SLGGS we want our students to have the skills and to feel empowered to compete in the global labour market at the highest level and we aim to equip all students with the ability to communicate with our global neighbours. Students will finish their language studies with a very tangible skill for life, having had the opportunity to hone many valuable ‘soft skills’ during the process of their language learning.

Year Group

Areas of Study


Term 1: Introductions

Term 2: Me and you – family, pets, personal description/Christmas

Term 3: Food and eating out

Term 4: Cultural project on food and customs of a Spanish speaking country

Term 5 & 6: Town; places and directions



Term 1: Sports

Term 2: Free time activities and weather

Term 3: Weather and future events

Term 4: Travelling abroad

Term 5: Booking hotels and complaining

Term 6: At the train station or airport – buying tickets and finding your way around



All students broadly follow the Year 7 areas of study and are extended in order for them to reach the same level, grammatically, as Year 8 FL1


Both FL1 and FL2 complete the same programme of study:

Term 1: Creating children’s stories – use of tenses

Term 2: Staying with an exchange partner and going out in Spain; cinema, theatre

Terms 3 & 4: Cultural projects – Cuba and going out in Spain

Terms 5: Cultural Project – Spanish Civil War

Term 6: Health and welfare – start of the GCSE course

Key Stage 4



Outline of the Course

  • The course aims to equip students with the necessary language learning skills both for immediate use and to prepare them for further language study and use in school, higher education or in employment. Students will study from a range of resources which includes writing in different registers. Students can be entered for either foundation or higher tier, however, at SLGGS the majority of students are entered for the latter.
  • The content of the course will develop students’ ability to communicate confidently and coherently with native speakers in speech and writing, conveying what they want to say with increasing accuracy as well as express and develop thoughts and ideas spontaneously and fluently.
  • There are three broad areas of study: Identity and Culture, Local National, International and Global Areas of Interest and Current and Future Study and Employment. These topics build on those studied in Key Stage 3. These topics are broken down as follows:
  • Identity and Culture – Youth Culture, Lifestyles and Customs and Traditions
  • Local National, International and Global Areas of Interest – Home and Locality, Countries where the language is spoken and Global Sustainability
  • Current and Future Study and Employment – Current Study, World of Work, Jobs and Future Plans



Type of Assessment




Component 1 – Speaking

12 minutes preparation time then:

Foundation – 7-9 minutes

Higher – 10 – 12 minutes


(60 marks)


Component 2 – Listening

5 minutes reading time then:

Foundation – 35 minutes

Higher – 45 minutes


(45 marks)


Component 3 – Reading

Foundation – 1 hour

Higher – 1 hour 15 minutes


(60 marks)


Component 4 – Writing

Foundation – 1 hour 15 minutes
Higher – 1 hour 30 minutes

(60 marks)