Category Archives: Spanish KS4

De compras

Hardly my favourite topic to teach, but this lesson re: opinions on different ways of buying things worked. I’ll explain how I used the attached PowerPoint bit by bit.

  1. The PowerPoint begins with a starter using the Mi Gente song. I just wanted to make sure they know the word “gente” and hoped Beyoncé would be better at getting them to remember this than me.
  2. The photo of El Corte Inglés is part of my routine to get them to describe pictures.
  3. They know PUEDO, so I’m introducing SUELO. I’m making sure they know the main high frequency verbs like QUIERO, PUEDO, DEBO, DOY, etc. They saw SUELO last lesson, so is a recap.
  4. Question slide – ¿Dónde sueles comprar? + ¿Por qué? We worked through this bit by bit to make sure they understood everything.
  5. I then read out three sentences in English which they had to translate into Spanish using the previous slide e.g. I usually shop on the internet because there are more discounts.
  6. We then went through all the reasons why you might shop in a department store or online + decided which they best described.
  7. Worksheet. Match the Spanish to the English + then translation of the phrases.
  8. Reading worksheet. There are three versions of this as my bottom set group is really mixed in terms of ability.
  9. Written task. Styled along the lines of the AQA Foundation Paper 90 word task which my group is getting used to.
  10. Past paper reading exam question. I used the slide to explain the issue of whether online shopping is harming the high street + then they did the reading task.

The homework task is a translation based on language from this and previous lessons. I’ve been teaching them “Diría que” as an alternative to “Creo que ../ Pienso que …”.


GCSE speaking exam – PHOTO CARDS

A quick post to share a PowerPoint. Each slide shows a photo taken from a mixture of exam boards which has been used for the photo card description. I teach bottom sets at the moment for GCSE and I am using the WWWD technique where they describe who, where and what they see + add a description either of a person or the weather. They seem to have found this technique a bit easier to cope with than others I have tried. I have dropped each of the slides into the PowerPoint for their relevant topics so that we constantly practise the technique throughout the course. The PowerPoint below is a compilation of everything I have put together so far. My approach is to show the picture and then run through the WWWD technique with the group to see what they come up with. I have been drilling key high frequency terms such as “hay”, “tiene(n)” etc. which you can see in my examples. My groups do find this activity difficult so the language I have used is fairly simple.


El ‘spinner’, el nuevo juguete de moda en el patio del colegio

This activity is intended to stimulate talk in a lesson. Students are all talking about fidget spinners at the moment and justifying their use. I didn’t realise that so many of my students had attention problems, but there you go.  With the PowerPoint (posted below) I intend to use the first slide to raise awareness of Spanish being a world language + there is a hyperlink to TeleMundo Miami. As we are required to use authentic material as part of the new GCSE I’m trying to look at target language websites as much as possible. On slide 2 the Telemundo report video is difficult, but I will be adding my own commentary to break it down + I will be asking questions such as what the report is about, what the teachers in the report think of fidget spinners, etc. The 3rd slide could be written or spoken. With the 4th slide I want them to give their views on whether the spinners should be banned or not. There are key phrases I want my set 3 Year 10 students to use as part of this activity – “Estoy de acuerdo / No estoy de acuerdo” + I will be asking the students for their views. In my response I will use phrases such as “X dice que el spinner es una distracción. ¿Estás de acuerdo? [asking another student]”. I want to familiarise them with “X dice que …” as it will be useful for them to know and use throughout the course



1Just a quick post to share two starter activities I have used recently. Both relate to false friends and are aimed at GCSE groups. The second PowerPoint has a video embedded into it which plays on a loop for students to note down the answers.

POWERPOINTS: starter-false-friends    starter-false-friends2

Problemas sociales y globales

acoso escolarWith my mind on preparation for the forthcoming GCSE exams I have made some resources on the topic of social issues with a focus on using various techniques to work out meanings. I am really pushing my Year 11 group (C/D borderline) to get on with revision and to learn vocabulary now that we have  more or less finished the controlled assessment side of things. My aim is to get them to see that there are key words that simply have to be learnt and now is the time to do it. Let’s see what happens.


Vacaciones en Bilbao

Logo%20Ayuntamiento%20de%20BilbaoThis post is really an update of some resources I posted a while ago. I have a lower ability Year 11 group and we are on the topic of holidays. In getting them to write about what they did on holiday I am encouraging them to give full details e.g. if they say they went to Oxford Street, they have to explain what this is as it may not be obvious to someone who is not from London. In my examples I have focused on Bilbao as it is a place I am very fond of + I think that it helps students to hear about different places.

I have included two PowerPoints as I thought it might be worth sharing the materials which help to build up to this point. I have had to delete quite a few things due to copyright, so the resources are slightly disjointed in places. It’s not amazing stuff, but it may be useful to someone.


POWERPOINTS: Las vacaciones ACTIVITIES FOUNDATION 1 Las vacaciones ACTIVITIES FOUNDATION 2 WORKSHEETS:  Barcelona READING CARD ACTIVITY CROSSWORD I did We did FILL THE GAPS SHEET from the PPT slide HOMEWORK translation Ordinal numbers in Spanish Past tense verbs Presente o pasado VERSION WITH SUPPORT Qué tal las vacaciones Reading ENTREVISTAS narration FOUNDATION READING Las vacaciones de los españoles TIME MARKERS crossword

Descriptions (Physical)

PDI ChileAfter a bit of a break (focusing on school things like Ofsted!) I’m hopefully back to posting a bit more regularly.

I am posting resources that I am trying to develop to teach physical descriptions to an able Year 10 group. I am still working on the PowerPoint – I am attaching the current version which I will improve over the coming weeks. The main focus of this post is to share the two reading activities. One is based on descriptions of two people who have disappeared (taken from a Chilean website – and the second is based on an old TV series from Spain, Física o Química. One day I will have to update this to a programme that is more current. If anyone has any ideas, I’d be most grateful.

As this is all language that we have covered at KS3, it is a challenge to move through it all making sure that anyone who has forgotten it all can catch up whilst ensuring that those who feel confident with it all don’t get bored. Well, my attempts so far are attached.