Spanish Curriculum Overview

Welcome to Spanish at Noel-Baker Academy

“You can never understand one language until you understand at least two”

Geoffrey Willans

At Noel Baker Academy, we ensure that all students experience a knowledge-rich MFL curriculum, which is thoughtfully sequenced by our subject specialists. Our Modern Languages team want to develop every student’s love for learning a new language which can help them communicate with others as well as learning about other cultures to enhance their understanding of the world. We want our students to have the opportunities to travel abroad and gain confidence by using a language. Becoming proficient in a language is a process which never ends; there is always more to learn and discover. We are also very proud to be the only state school in Derby to offer Latin which gives our students an insight to the ancient world and improves literacy by looking at etymology and word roots in Latin and English.

Year 7 Curriculum Overview


Unit 1: Introduction to Spanish

Students learn greetings and how to introduce themselves. They learn Spanish phonics and have a focus on speaking.


Unit 2: Art

Students learn colours and shapes through studying works of Art of Spanish speaking artists (Pablo Picasso, Frida Khalo, Salvador Dalí and Remedios Varo. Students learn how to form adjectival agreements and how to express their opinions about paintings by these artists with reasons.


Unit 3: My school

Students learn how to describe what subjects they study at school and give opinions on why they like and don’t like school subjects. They learn to describe what facilities they have in their school and describe their ideal school. Students also learn about differences in Spanish schools.  

Year 8 Curriculum Overview


Unit 1 : My region

Students learn to describe where they live and what they can and can’t do in their area. They learn to give opinions about the place where they live and describe where they would like to live in the future. They also can describe their house with colours. 


Unit 2: Sport and healthy lifestyle

Students learn how to describe what sports they play and why they like sport. They describe how often they play sports and why it is good for your health. Students also learn to say what they eat and drink and what they should eat and drink to lead a healthy lifestyle.  


Unit 3 : Lifestyle in Latin America

Students learn about their daily routines using times and reflexive verbs. They look at different routines in Spanish speaking countries in Latin America and compare routines.

Year 9 Curriculum Overview


Unit 1: Holidays

Students will learn to use past, present and future tenses to describe their holidays including which countries, transport, weather, types of accommodation and activities. Students will start to look at GCSE speaking questions and writing tasks which require all three tenses to be used. 


Unit 2 : The environment

Students will learn to explain what they do in their daily routine to help save the environment. They will continue to say what you should do and not do to save the environment with extended opinions. 


Unit 3 : Hola Madrid

This unit looks at landmarks around Madrid and cultural places to visit in the capital city. Students will be able to describe places in a city and say what places they would like to visit and describe what things you can do in Madrid. Students will look at different customs in Spanish life as well as larger numbers to understand money and currency.