This is a brief bundle for the young GCSE Spanish class or for the revision of the older students. I included 2 versions of my observation lesson (practice of Section C reading exam task), a photo card help worksheet (can also be used for the topic writing practice) and a research project about a favourite town with the model answer that practically summarises the topic vocabulary and can also be used for the revision tasks (can be amended if needed).
This is a lesson which I prepared for my KS4 Spanish groups for the end of the term. It includes one of my favourite starters - students have to analyse the overview of the cartoon - The Book of Life - and choose a task according to their level. You would then check the answers and would move on to explaining the lesson outcomes. Then they would have some fun with a tongue twister, working on their pronunciation of ‘Br’ sound (one of their favourite thing to do every lesson - easy to find and to tick SMSC, engagement, phonics and oracy points).Then I have included a mind map mini-plenary for them to revise the festivities/celebrations vocabulary. It is then followed by the new vocabulary introduction with a quizlet and quizlet live games. A short Rally coach activity is included for them to consolidate the vocabulary and to practice translating topic-related sentences. I have then arranged for a listening / reading activity using one of the youtube videos of the SpanishPod101 about Halloween. The lady speaks fast but there are Spanish and English subtitles at the bottom to assist students with understanding the video. They would answer the listening questions as they listen to /watch the video. The next task is Reading (Section B) - they need to insert the correct words in the text about the Day of the Dead followed by the AQA skill-based self-assessment. Finally, the ‘words’ snake’ plenary that students totally love - they have to work in groups remembering topi-specific vocabulary. Enjoy!
One of the most popular word games ever… And students love it as a reward for a good work during the lesson!
This lesson introduces the Nazi Racial policy and touches upon Antisemitism. It includes settler, starter, an example of how an exercise book is supposed to look like (a picture taken from the A* student's book), exam question with a model answer and success criteria, a slide showing how to justify the grade when self-assessing your answer (with a self-assessment slide), Learning outcomes, a slide introducing discussion of the racial policy in the propaganda posters (with some keywords), information research task (I enclosed the information sheet taken from the BBC Bitesize website), Oracy leader task based on the Hitler's quote and a recap activity on the asking students to put the events of the Hitler's rise to power in chronological order.
This is the lesson that I have prepared for my higher y8/ and y9/y10 in relation to the topic of Spanish culture (Festivals & Celebrations). The starter focus is the Past Simple (preterite) and the Future SImple (‘will’). We use Viva books so I included help boxes as a reminder for those who do not clearly remember the endings. Students will then look at the speaking questions of the half-term, analysing them and trying to come up with a set of ideas for a response. I have then included a video (see link) of Rosa from SpanishPod101 (see their channel in youtube) describing the celebration of Las Fallas. Even though the video is in Spanish and Rosa speaks really quickly, there are subtitles in English so that all students have a chance to listen to a native speaker and at the same time understand what the video is about (note: I personally find the Spanishpod101 videos amazing as they address quite a few cultural / grammar / pronunciation and other aspects so I would recommend letting your students know that a lot of resources are available for free. Consequently, students answer quiz questions about the video. I presented it as a Listening task. They annotated the questions and complete the task using vocabulary help. Students will then learn new / revise already known vocabulary on the topic of Las Fallas festival using Quizlet and Quizlet live tools. Then they recap on the success criteria for Speaking Q2 / Writing Q1 - Photo card and complete a photo card task based on a photo from La Tomatina celebration together. They jot their thoughts first, play a catchphrase game and then prepare their responses in pairs on the second photo card. Finally they complete a third photo card task individually. Finally they read and analyse the grammar in the text about festival to complete AQA Higher Reading Section C task (translation). I included some grammar tips for them and highlighted them in the text to make it easier. Then they complete the task, check their answers, self assess themselves and play Hangman (as a reward for hard work!). Enjoy!
This is a research project lesson (or two lessons really) that I created for my KS3/lower KS4 Spanish students. The idea is to promote independent learning via research.Students have to research information about Spanish Christmas, compare the traditions with the ones in Britain and to create a presentation / poster. Students decide on the task, the roles and start researching relevant information using their iPads (one of the students needs to summarise the information that others found). There is also a designer and an analyst (usually the most attaining student in the group. Enjoy!
This lesson is created to help students to evaluate the success of Hitler Youth policies in Nazi Germany. The lesson begins with a settler, exam question as a starter, model answer and success criteria, peer assessment slide and a SPAG control exercise (students exchange exercise books to check each other), Hitler your posters comparison, All Read Round Robin activity related to reading the sources of people who were involved in the Hitler Youth activities, and an example of a Maths exercise from the Maths book to discuss the propaganda influence on education. The handout to help out with the exam question and reading the sources in the end of the presentation (one of them is in bigger font for SEN).
These are few grammar games that I decided to share. I would use them for pretty much all age groups, both KS3 and KS4, GCSE both tiers. They can be easily amended to suit the grammar topics that you wish to reinforce / revise / introduce. The templates can also be easily reused for French. See enclosed: Verb conjugation Learning Grid (differentiated) - Students roll two dices to identify the tense and the pronoun they need to use. To make the task more complicated for more advanced students I ask them to create a sentence using the verb they got with particular amount of words to further challenge higher tier students. I would highly recommend it for the KS4 students. El Bingo (good to promote Vocabulary / Listening / Phonics). Teacher gives studnets 15 words and asks them to write 5 of them down. Teacher then either says the translation of the words on the board (KS3) or defines them in Spanish / English (y9/10/11). If students recognise one of their words they cross it out, first one who crosses 5 wins! Conjugation Cube. Students create a set of two dices that they will roll together. There are two versions of them to provide for two levels of differentiation. Students play in turns to conjugate the verbs! I included an origami version of the cube in case you wish to ask them to make the cube and to write the questions on their own (I took the scheme from the Google images so I do not claim any rights on that one.) Let me know how it goes!
This is a research project lesson (or two lessons really) that I created for my year 8 French students. It can also be used for year 9 as the model answer has quite a list of grammar / some more can be added. The idea is to promote independent learning via research. There are two choices: a documentary about your favourite town in England (in my case it is Manchester) or an interview with a football player about his town in France( I chose Paris). Students decide on the task, the roles and start researching relevant information using their iPads (one of the students needs to summarise the information that others found). They then have to prepare a script in French and to make a video using iMovie or any other video application. If there is little time I would suggest them to present it and I would film it. The whole process takes about 2 lessons and is perfect for the end of the topic as you can incorporate all of the structures / vocabulary learned during the term!
This is a template that I prepared for my higher year 8 Spanish students and early KS4 in relation to answering a Writing Foundation Questions 2 and 4 // Higher Tier Question 1. The topic of this example is celebrations / festivals. Students begin by translating the short text into English and coaching each other if stuck at the same time assessing each other’s work. Then they revise some grammar by playing tarsia game (see template in the end of the presentation). Consequently they get on with reading the question and what is required from them and discussing the what they could include in their answer (both content and grammar structures). Then they make a break and play a dice game (can be prepared prior to the lesson or during the same - see template in the end of the presentation) and a learning grid to revise verb tenses. They then get back to the task and work in pairs to plan their answers. Finally they complete the task individually, discuss the success criteria and the marking scheme with the teacher and peer / self assess their work. Please let me know if there are any problems / ideas!
This is the worksheet that I featured in one of the lessons. It contains three sources which students have to use to complete the table (COP).
This lesson is about opposition to the Nazi rule from the army. The lesson includes a settler, example of how a perfect student's book should look like, a starter (exam question with a model answer, success criteria, an explanation of how to assess the answer of the peer, peer-assessment, SPAG stop slides), information research task with a diagram on the July Plot and Make your own Quiz Quiz trade task. Please note that the handout includes a print-out from the WJEC GCSE History revision book.
This a VCOP / Literacy Mat that I have prepared for my KS3 and KS4 classes. I prepared it to reflect AQA examination criteria however I believe Spanish language does not change in-between different examination organisations so can be used for different ability students studying for different types of exams. It covers 39 different grammar structures including main verb tenses and popular structures that I recommend my students use for their writing, speaking and reading practice (and learn to identify when listening). It is partially differentiated (see groups highlighted in 3 colours - blue for Core, green for Extension, red for Killer). Parts of the mat with green background represent the most popular verb tenses and verbal structures. I have included the most useful (in my point of view) opinions, adverbs, exclamations, connectives, linking expressions, quantifiers, time expressions, question words, V1 + V2 structures, subjunctive and conditional phrases, gerunds and few more expressions that worth few shiny points if used during the exam. I have considered it would be useful to include the endings and explanation on how to follow adjectival agreement rules, use correct articles and pronouns. In relation to verb tenses, providing there is not as much space as it seems to be, I have included the verb tables for present simple (regular and irregular + self-reflexive), imperative, immediate (near) future, ‘will’ future, regular and irregular conditional, past simple, imperfect and past perfect (for those who are truly passionate about grammar. If you wish to add something just amend / move few boxes and you will be done. If printing, I would recommend to do so on A3 to ensure that all of the instructions are clearly visible. Note: to remove ‘Preview’ just select it and delete - it is just one text box. Let me know how it goes and what you think!
This is the lesson that I have prepared for my higher y8/ and y9/y10 in relation to the topic of Spanish culture (Festivals & Celebrations) and is mostly related to El Carnaval. I used it as a general topic to look at the photo card task (speaking / foundation writing). The starter focus is reading - students complete differentiated tasks in relation to an authentic extract from on line newspaper. Students will then learn new / revise already known vocabulary on the topic of carnivals/ festivals using Quizlet and Quizlet live tools. Then they recap on the success criteria for Speaking Q2 / Writing Q1 - Photo card- and complete a photo card task based on a photo of a carnival celebration together. They jot their thoughts first, play a catchphrase game and then prepare their responses in pairs on the second photo card. Finally they complete a third photo card task individually and self / peer assess the same. In-between the photo cards I inserted some verb games to make the lesson more fun for the students and not to let them get bored. Let me know what you think!
AQA GCSE Spanish Games Roll-a-Word//Speaking Cube// OXO (speaking / writing /translation / revision)
These are few grammar games that I decided to share. I would use them for pretty much all age groups, both KS3 and KS4, GCSE both tiers. They can be easily amended to suit the grammar topics that you wish to reinforce / revise / introduce. The templates can also be easily reused for French. See enclosed: Roll-A-Word - Students roll a dice to complete different tasks related to the new and / or familiar words (both learning and revising). They count the value of the completed dices to make the task more competitive. Speaking Cube - 6 sides of the cube are completed with the topic questions for the half-term. Students roll a cube (you can either ask them to glue them together or you can make them yourself). I figured 6 cubes per year for each year group is an easy enough task to continue repeating the questions of all half-terms for the whole school year. I included an origami version of the cube in case you wish to ask them to make the cube and to write the questions on their own (I took the scheme from the Google images so I do not claim any rights on that one.) OXO - One of my favourite tasks to develop spontaneous speaking. Students play OXO in turns following the rules. The ? (= random/phantom question or topic) can be used to increase the level of complexity of the game. Furthermore, a certain set of rules can be imposed, e.g. ‘ensure you use a preterite tense of your choosing as main verb of the ‘!’ box. It can be played using ‘home and away’ tables, i.e. grouping students by ability bands, so that all low/medium/high band students play together, which might, for example, allow the teacher to put in place bespoke interventions to support those in need of guidance. I have included three templates of OXO that can be used as a speaking, writing and translation tasks, differentiated according to the level of knowledge and KS group. See noted for additional ideas and hints. Let me know how it goes!
Free time: Cinema / TV- Spanish AQA GCSE/ older KS3 - 4 lessons + Project + Speaking frame (Reading, Listening, Writing, Speaking)
This is a bundle of 4 lessons and a research project in relation to the topic of Free-time activities, subtopic TV and cinema in the AQA GCSE specification (originally for the y8 / early GCSE year but can also be used for revision for years 10 &11). These lessons are prepared for the topic of general vocabulary on TV and cinema and opinions. Each lesson highlights different part of the exam hence the 4 of them have Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking (Role-play) task. The bundle is finalised with the research project which includes the structures and grammar from the whole topic, that can be changed / adapted / differentiated further to your needs. I have also included the speaking framework for the Part 3 of the Higher Tier exam that can also be used in writing practice.
This is the lesson on the Nazi Police State. It includes a settler, a starter (Scrabble activity), Learning outcomes slide, information research slide with a structure of the Nazi State (with some tasks organised as CEK plus extension task), source analysis task (oral - describing the Nazi Propaganda poster), exam question based on the same poster (with success criteria and a model answer, peer assessment and SPAG activities) and plenary introducing discussion on Pastor Martin Niemoller's famous quote.
The lesson for GCSE History about the Development of the Nazi Party, for instance, the impact of the Great Depression, The Bruning, Von Papen and Schleicher Coalitions, an exam question and a usual Plenary and Food for thought. I am usually using the WJEC book and a revision guide as an additional resource in case they need a reference or a mean to get 'unstuck' when completing an exam question task. They are also using it to draw a timeline / summarise main facts via spider diagram. I have used Section 7.2 of the Revision Guide in this instance.
This lesson is about the women in Nazi Germany. I have also included two printouts for the activities to simplify the completion of the task. Lesson includes the code starter (with a legend - it is really fun once you know how to quickly create them!), exam question for a starter (see pptx print out attached), model answer for the latter, peer-assessment slide, learning grid activity (you would probably need to print this one out as they can play it as a board game, asking each other question on the topic), a differentiated spider diagram activity based on the video and a 'blind date' activity related to the topic (see docx worksheet which I have taken from elsewhere so it will also be attached in the free uploads). The lesson is finalised by a 'draw and label' plenary activity on Nazi women and a food for thought slide!