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Topics Studied at KS4:
- Travel and Tourism.
- Self, Family and Friends.
- Thw World of Work.
- Free Time.
- Local Area.
Assessment of the GCSE Course.
GCSE students follow the Edexcel syllabus which comprises the four skills of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing.
Speaking is assessed via controlled assessments and each student is required to submit two pieces of work over the two year GCSE course. Each piece is worth 15% of the overall GCSE grade.
Writing is also assessed via controlled assessments and each student is required to submit two pieces of work over the two year GCSE course. Each piece is worth 15% of the overall GCSE grade.
A key advantage to the Edexcel controlled assessments is that they enable us to be flexible as to when they are carried out and submitted. As a general guide we would expect students to complete a piece for each skill in Year 10 with the remaining two being completed in Year 11 though this can be adapted to the needs of our students.
Listening is assessed via an exam in the Summer Term of Year 11 and accounts for 30% of the overall GCSE grade.
Reading is also assessed via an exam in the Summer Term of Year 11 and accounts for 30% of the overall GCSE grade.
Useful Websites for the students / parents:
How can parents help?
There is no need to buy your son any additional resources to supplement the Spanish course but we would highly recommend buying a Pocket Dictionary and many of the GCSE Spanish Vocabulary books on the market are a most valuable resource.
In addition to monitoring the completion of written homework, non-Spanish speaking parents can still assist in the learning of vocabulary by testing students on spellings and encouraging the use of Spanish Websites at home.