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18/07/24

HASU Sports Day📅 Who is going to win today?? pic.twitter.com/H1jMhDqmv1

12/07/24

A group of our Y7 and Y8 students visited the University of Roehampton yesterday for a workshop entitled “Powering Transformation”, hosted by the Talent Foundry and sponsored by Dell Technologies.#educationalvisit pic.twitter.com/D2oWjdJ4H0

03/07/24

Our newest HASU students look very happy during the lunch break. 😁All smiles, lots of chatting and making friendships.#year7 pic.twitter.com/tC2lbR3Fmf

03/07/24

We are so excited to welcome our new Y7 students at HASU. Lots awaits them today during their Transition Day. pic.twitter.com/jE8KImGe7x

02/07/24

Supporting our FINALIST at the Enterprise Challenge. The team worked incredibly hard formulating their brand of sauce. The judges were impressed by their brand, prototype & accompanying tortilla chips! Off to the final on 17th July 🤩🤩 pic.twitter.com/sbpvGJzyLn

28/06/24

What a fantastic success for our students at London Youth Games! 👏🏓Very well done girls! You did amazingly well and we are very proud of your achievement! https://t.co/EAiiN6Kr8g

26/06/24

VictoriasVoices Academy is coming to HASU.🎼🎶Book your space to get a vocal and performance training or visit the website to find out more about it.https://t.co/B1gFDX5QuH pic.twitter.com/FAxO1tQ93r

23/06/24

The 2023-2024 UK Championships Division Finalists HASU Robotics 451 (22593) “Hasuuuuuuuuuuu!” Next stop 🇬🇧🥇 watch this space 👀 pic.twitter.com/3L5HPvgEk3

23/06/24

Super proud of HASU ROBOTICS UK 451 (22593) ending the day as Division Finalists Championship! Thank you to everyone who supported the team this season. Next stop watch this space 👀🏆🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/a5vdLql0Jr

23/06/24

Feeling incredibly honoured and blessed to receive the Compass Award! 🧭 This award celebrates leadership, dedication, and the spirit of FIRST. I couldn’t have reached this milestone without the support of my amazing team colleagues, and the FIRST community pic.twitter.com/wCuHujXxFM

23/06/24

I am deeply grateful to for giving me the opportunity to support and emcee at the UK Champs. It was an incredible experience, and I met so many passionate young people, teachers, mentors, and coaches along the way. It really is “ROBOTS!!” 🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/Yickyt6lOp

21/06/24

Good luck to our team who are today at UK Champs ! 🍀 https://t.co/AeUY88jMgQ

21/06/24

HASU Robotics Team UK 451 (22593) leaving the building ready to take on National Championships at Cambridge University. Watch this space 👀 pic.twitter.com/qT0N0dFdSm

20/06/24

St.Phil's UK-179 (21200) and HASU Robotics UK-451 (22593) online today with Legendary Referee talking all things robots! A massive Thank you to Andy. pic.twitter.com/xXksXgl4uv

20/06/24

St.Phil's UK-179 (21200) and HASU Robotics UK-451 (22593) in our Robotics Lab today! its more than robots. pic.twitter.com/SURcjj7bpF

20/06/24

Reading for pic.twitter.com/N8et8eTvKU

14/06/24

HASU ROBOTICS TEAM UK-451 Global 22593 Getting ready for Nationals 🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/AjSgJog91L

14/06/24

HASU ROBOTICS Society unboxing banners and pull ups in preparation for Nationals 🇬🇧 We cant wait to welcome you to our Academy on one of our Open days. Make sure you come and say hi 📷 pic.twitter.com/18c6t5oxzO

13/06/24

With thanks to and photographer Erroll Jones for our fancy official team photo 🤩🤩🤩 pic.twitter.com/oZfB5kI7dJ

10/06/24

We are excited to invite you to our Open Evening on Thursday, 11th July!Come and explore what makes HASU so special. Meet our dedicated staff, tour our facilities, and learn about the amazing opportunities we offer.⬇️https://t.co/9NjD7oIcOI⬆️#OpenEvening pic.twitter.com/JsvBls3TVJ

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What is Spanish? 

Spanish at Harris Academy Sutton is the study of the Spanish language and culture.  Through learning Spanish, we promote students’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of different countries’ peoples, culture, history, literature and art whilst developing their ability to communicate effectively and comprehend the language.   

Why do we teach Spanish? 

Languages provide a gateway to other cultures and the world around us. Learning a foreign language takes learners on a voyage of discovery and provides an opening to other cultures. 

With more than 437 million native speakers, across twenty-one countries, Spanish is one of the most important languages in the world. Therefore, learning a language such as Spanish opens many doors for the learners.

Through our comprehensive language’s curriculum at Harris Academy Sutton, we: 

  • develop students’ understanding of themselves socially and in the context of an international environment as well as provide enjoyment and intellectual stimulation. 
  • enable pupils to communicate effectively and confidently in the foreign language. 
  • inspire pupils to extend and pursue language learning outside the classroom. 
  • prepare our pupils to be competent global citizens through their knowledge of languages and appreciation of foreign cultures.  

How do we teach Spanish at Key Stage 3? 

Our teachers are committed to develop our students’ literacy through the ability to use language effectively for purposes of practical communication; to offer insights into the culture and civilisation of countries where the language is spoken; to encourage positive attitudes to foreign language learning and to speakers of foreign languages. 

When students arrive at our school, they have had a variety of different experiences in relation to their learning of a Modern Foreign Language. Therefore, the department of Languages and Culture at Harris Academy Sutton offers all students the opportunity to study Spanish, regardless of their level of achievement. 

Teaching is focused on developing the pupils’ competence in listening, speaking, reading and writing, based on a foundation of core grammar and vocabulary. At KS3, all students are encouraged to form a sound base of the skills, language and attitudes required for further study and practical implementation as they move into Key Stage 4 where the application of tenses and longer sentences as well as more complex grammar are crucial for success.

The way we teach languages at Harris Academy Sutton is by its nature very accessible. In order to develop confident language learners, lessons are taught in the target language and pupils learn to use the target language from the onset. This is achieved through routines, games and songs.  At Harris Academy Sutton, we believe that in order to learn the language, one needs to also learn and understand the culture and history of the countries where the language is spoken. As such, developing a knowledge of the Spanish culture is embedded throughout the curriculum. 

How do we teach Spanish at Key Stage 4? 

The vast majority of students will study Spanish at GCSE as part of our broad and balanced Key Stage 4 curriculum.

Our KS3 curriculum prepares students for the demands of this course due to its spiralled nature. Students consolidate the learning that has taken place in Key Stage 3 and more focus is placed on the GCSE exam criteria. In addition, the curriculum continues to expand students' cultural knowledge whilst developing their language skills at the same time. More complex vocabulary and grammatical structures are taught in order for all students to be able to aspire to achieve a Grade 9. Students cover the topics which form part of the three themes assessed at GCSE – Identity and Culture, Local, National, International and Global; Areas of Interest and Current and Future Study and Employment. Students are given strategies and techniques for completion of each of the GCSE papers and Mock Exams are sat at several points throughout the two-year course.

What exam board do we study at Key Stage 4? 

Students studying Spanish at HASU follow the AQA syllabus which continues to build on the premise that learning a language can bring many benefits.

Students study all of the following themes on which the assessments are based. 

Theme 1: Identity and culture

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

This specification can be found here.

How can you help your child in Spanish

Independent study outside of lessons is a crucial element of learning a modern foreign language which will improve attainment and ensure students are making good progress. As a parent you may or may not have any understanding of the Spanish language. However, NO language knowledge is necessary!

  • It is very helpful to check that the students are completing their homework and studying their weekly Spanish vocabulary.  

  • Testing your son or daughter on the words, phrases and golden questions can be helpful and give you a real indication of how they are getting on. 

  • Watching films and TV Shows in Spanish and listening to music in Spanish with your child can be helpful in developing their understanding and confidence in the language. 

Helpful Websites and Further Information

We recommend several online resources to help students with their independent learning and consolidation of material encountered in lessons. In addition, online platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, and YouTube all provide access to series/films/clips in the foreign language. 

Please find below some websites and resources which students should be using at home or in their free time.  

 
www.linguascope.com 

 (FREE subscriber app also available on iOS [iPad], Android [tablet]) The department subscribes to this website which is a helpful and fun way to revise vocabulary through different games and activities, sorted by topic.  

Elementary is aimed at 6-12 year olds, Beginner is aimed at 9-14 and Intermediate is aimed at ages 13-16. 

Students are given the username and password by their teacher. 

www.quizlet.com 

(also available as an app on iOS, Android) 

This website enables students to create flashcards to revise vocabulary on a computer and on smartphones/ tablets. They can access their weekly vocabulary lists which are created by the department. Quizlet features games, activities and tests to enable students to practise and see their progress. 

www.languagesonline.org.uk 

This is a useful website created by teachers which allow students to practise both vocabulary and grammar – this is particularly useful for students struggling with tenses. 

www.senorjordan.com/los-videos/ 

This very useful website provides detailed explanations of key grammar concepts in Spanish. 

www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/ 

This website provides students with useful videos and links to other resources which will help to develop the students’ knowledge of the language.