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Dr Martin Pickett -  Teacher of Spanish

‘‘El lenguaje nos ayuda a capturar el mundo, y cuanto menos lenguaje tengamos, menos mundo capturamos’’. Fernando Lázaro Carreter

‘‘Language helps us capture the world, and the less language we have, the less world we capture.’’ Fernando Lázaro Carreter (Spanish linguist)


At St Olave’s Grammar School we are delighted with the re-launch of Spanish for year 7 and year 8 last academic year, and are excited to see how our first GCSE cohort who have started year 9 in 2021 continue to make progress.

It is no secret that Spanish has become incredibly popular in recent years. Being the second most spoken language in the world, knowing Spanish has become a great asset.

Did you know that there are more native Spanish speakers than there are native English speakers and that there are 20 countries with Spanish as their official language?

Our Scheme of Work has been carefully planned to make sure students:

  • learn about Spanish culture (not only from Spain but from other Spanish-speaking countries)
  • acquire the four key skills (Reading, Writing, Listening & Speaking)
  • gain a strong understanding of phonics and grammar.​

We encourage students across all year groups to also participate in a number of competitions, and we offer the opportunity to go on day trips to Spanish institutions in London. We will also be launching a new pen-pal programme this academic year.



Suggested wider reading for Students of Spanish

KS3 Spanish Suggested Reading 

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