Christian Head, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, CA17 4HA

017683 71693

Kirkby Stephen Grammar School

A Co-operative Academy

Year 9 Spanish

In year 9 you will be looking to consolidate your learning from year 7 and 8 and continue building on your languages skills.  You will be encouraged to speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity; finding ways of communicating what you want to say.  You will be expected to write extended tasks using a range of tenses and varied vocabulary and grammatical structures.  You will be assessed regularly throughout the year to see how you are getting on.  We work on four skills in Spanish; listening, speaking, reading and writing.  We try to do a bit of each every lesson to give you lots of practice.

Year 9 Languages Curriculum

In year 9 you will continue to build on your previous knowledge of Spanish on topics which will be used in day to day situations.  You will be expected to be an active member of the class, putting together conversations, working with your peers and presenting your work to the class. Grammar and translation are also a key focus to encourage students to think carefully about language structure and prepare them for the rigours of the GCSE.

What will you study?

You will start the year with the topic of food & drink where you will learn to talk about healthy eating and being able to order in a restaurant situation. You will then study tourism, focusing on describing past and future holidays as well as preferences for holiday activities.  You will also study a unit on music, TV and social media.  The final topic of the year looks at fashion and clothes shopping where we will re-visit opinions and conversational structures.  We will also look at some more complex grammatical structures and a range of verb tenses.  You will also use some authentic materials in your lessons and start more complex translation tasks with a focus on grammatical structure. This will give those who continue with Spanish on to GCSE good base level knowledge of vocabulary and grammar as well as confidence in using their language.


Assessment takes place over the year in a range of ways. You will often have a quick activity in class to see how you have understood something; this might be a listening, reading or writing task. You will have an end of unit test at the end of each unit in listening, speaking, reading and writing.