Languages

Key Stage 3
All students study French in year 7 (4 hours a fortnight), and are given the opportunity to study Spanish in addition in year 8 (2 hours per language per fortnight) or continue with French only (4 hours per fortnight).

Skills Developed
The subject specific skills that the students will develop include speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students will also explore basic conversational situations, the present, immediate future and past tenses, expressing opinions, linking and extending work, and translation.
The transferable skills that students will develop include interpreting, independence, creativity, self-awareness, and working with others.  New media and ICT is also used frequently.

Assessment and Home Learning
Formative assessment in the 4 skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing are an integral part of teaching, with summative assessment in one or more skill at the end of each unit. Pupils are encouraged to reflect on their own progress and set targets for progression based on their individual needs.
Home Learning is set fortnightly and focuses on developing independent language learning skills as well as learning key vocabulary and grammar. The work is set on Classcharts but teachers always explain tasks to their classes when it is set, and make paper copies available as appropriate.

Useful Online Resources and apps
Kerboodle Student Login
Kerboodle Student Walkthrough video
Duolingo  (also available as a free app)
Memrise language learning (also available as a free app)
Linguascope links to iTunes and Android apps (from £2.99 - £4.99)

Year 7 + 8 French Topic Overview
Text Book - Allez 1 (Oxford University Press ISBN 978-019-839504-1)
Unit 1 - Personal information, physical appearance, favourite objects
Unit 2 - Personality, family, school subjects, friends
Unit 3 - School, home and animals
Unit 4 - Food
Unit 5 - Local area
Unit 6 - Lifestyle
Unit 7 - Holidays
Unit 8 - Sport and leisure
Unit 9 Daily life and issues in francophone countries

Year 8 Spanish Topic Overview*
Text Book - Mira Express (Pearson ISBN 978-043-538766-2)
Unit 1 - Let’s Go!
Unit 2 - School
Unit 3 - My Family
Unit 4 - At Home
Unit 5 - Free Time
Unit 6 - Town
Unit 7 - Holidays

*NB not all students take two languages in year 8.


Key Stage 4
French and Spanish are optional from year 9 and students choose to continue with French and/or Spanish as one of their EBacc GCSE subjects.
In year 9 they receive 4 lessons a fortnight, in year 10 and 11 this becomes 5 lessons a fortnight.  GCSE students are actively encouraged to book additional sessions with our specialist language TA Ms Rodriguez to support their learning (with a focus on Speaking).  These are available at break, lunchtime and after school.  Booking sheets are put up the week before outside F06.

Topic Overview

French text book - AQA French (Oxford ISBN 978-019-836583-9)
Spanish text book - AQA Spanish (Oxford ISBN 978-019-836585-3)
Theme 1 - Identity and Culture
    Me, my family and friends
    Technology in everyday life
    Free time activities
    Customs and festivals

Theme 2 - Local, national, international and global areas of interest
    Home, town, neighbourhood and region
    Social issues
    Global issues
    Travel and tourism

Theme 3 - Current and future study and employment
    My studies
    Life at school and college
    Education post-16
    Jobs, career choices and ambitions


Skills Developed

The subject specific skills that the students will develop include speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students will also explore conversational phrases, the present tense, the past (perfect/preterite + imperfect) tenses, the future (immediate + simple) tenses, conditional tense, expressing opinions, more complex connectives, extending content, giving extra detail and narrative
The transferable skills that students will develop include interpreting, independence, creativity, self-awareness, and working with others.  They will extend their writing, speaking, and planning skills.  New media and ICT is also used frequently.


Exam Details
The students will take four terminal exams in the summer of year 11 in Reading (25% of the final mark), Listening (25%),Speaking (25%), Writing (25%).  They will be entered for either foundation tier (bands 1-5) or higher tier (bands 4-9).
 
Assessment and Home Learning

All students complete regular assessments in languages across all 4 skills in preparation for the terminal GCSE exams.  They are encouraged to track their own progress and take responsibility for moving their learning forward. 

Watching films and reading the news in the target language, surfing French and Spanish websites, using language learning apps, and using the language when on holiday abroad are all approaches with proven benefits. 

Year 10 will sit an end of year exam in the summer term which will help to determine their tier of entry in Year 11.
Year 11 will sit a full GCSE mock in the Autumn Term.

Students have access to Kerboodle (linked to the text we use) and will be set fortnightly learning tasks from it.  In additional to this they will be expected to be regularly learning new vocabulary and grammar, as well as preparing for their exams.  The work is set on Show My Homework but teachers always explain tasks to their classes when it is set, and make paper copies available as appropriate.

Useful Online Resources

Kerboodle Student Login


Kerboodle Student Walkthrough video
Duolingo 
Memrise language learning (also available as a free app)
Linguascope links to iTunes and Android apps (from £2.99 - £4.99)
 
GCSE French Specification
GCSE Spanish Specification
BBC Bitesize French

BBC Bitesize Spanish



EAL
Pupils are actively encouraged and supported by the school in sitting a GCSE in their native language.  In previous years students passed examinations in French, Spanish, Polish, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Portuguese, Bengali.  Please contact Ms Richards (Head of Languages) or Miss Davey (EAL Coordinator) for further information.
 

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