Institution: The Weald School
The Weald is a co-educational and
mixed comprehensive school in West Sussex for students aged 11 to
The students featured in the lesson are a top set Year 10 GCSE
group. They started Spanish in Year 8 with only three lessons a
fortnight and went on studying it in Year 9 for four lessons a
fortnight. Now in Year 10 they have five lessons a fortnight ,
rising to six lessons a fortnight in Year 11.
To use assessment for
learning to make students aware of how to attain the highest grades
in GCSE speaking.
How the lesson was organised
featured in the lesson are a top set Year 10 GCSE group. They
started Spanish in Year 8 with only three lessons a fortnight and
went on studying it in Year 9 for four lessons a fortnight. Now in
Year 10 they are doing five lessons a fortnight and will do six
lessons a fortnight in Year 11. The lesson in question related to
the topic area of Leisure which is the topic they are preparing for
their coursework and speaking test at GCSE.
- The class has been taught in previous lessons how to use a
range of tenses when having a conversation on the topic of leisure.
They had created their own PowerPoint presentations in groups for
homework and put these on the school’s virtual learning
environment. The presentations included examples of present,
preterite, imperfect and near future tenses. Sample
presentation (ppt, 1.75MB).
- The students then created a group role play by writing
a script (doc, 23KB) which they practised and video-filmed
again as a homework task. These videos were projected on the
whiteboard during the lesson.
- Each group video was shown in turn and the students were
provided with an Edexcel mark
scheme (pdf, 577KB) which they used in groups to assess their
own videos and the videos produced by their peers.
- As a homework task, the group then worked upon improving their
scripts, based on the feedback they had received from the class.
Download the improved
script (doc, 22KB).
By having a copy of all
Edexcel mark schemes (both for coursework and for the oral
examination), all students know exactly what is expected of them to
achieve top grades in Spanish. The results of their GCSE Spanish
exam will be received in 2009 and at that point it will be possible
to evaluate the success of assessment for learning.
learning is part of the learning to learn strategy. It shows
students how to progress at all levels and how to take
responsibility for their own work and to become more independent.
This will be incorporated into teaching more and more over the
'We thought it was a great experience
because we actually discovered how much we know by putting it into
practice. Also, we had the freedom to say what we wanted to and
create something imaginative and fun. We enjoyed getting the chance
to work together as a group because we were able to put all our
ideas together to come up with a far better PowerPoint and video
than we would have been able to do by ourselves'. Las chicas
superpoderosas (one of the groups in the class)
Author: Brigitte Holt, Head of Spanish, The Weald Community
School and Sixth Form
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