Modern Foreign Languages

Key Stage 3

Languages are part of the cultural richness of our society and the world in which we live and work. Learning languages contributes to mutual understanding, a sense of global citizenship and personal fulfilment. Pupils learn to appreciate different countries, cultures, communities and people. By making comparisons, they gain insight into their own culture and society. The ability to understand and communicate in another language is a lifelong skill for education, employment and leisure in this country and throughout the world.

Learning languages gives pupils opportunities to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and to express themselves with increasing confidence, independence and creativity. They explore the similarities and differences between other languages and English and learn how language can be manipulated and applied in different ways. The development of communication skills, together with understanding of the structure of language, lay the foundations for future study of other languages and support the development of literacy skills in a pupil’s own language.

French, German & Spanish are offered at KS3

Year 7: French

Term 1 – C’est perso (talking about likes/dislikes, talking about themselves & other people, using the present tense)
Term 2 –Mon collège (talking about school subjects, giving opinions and reasons, asking questions. Learning the time and describing your school day, talking about food).
Term 3 & 4 –Mes passe-temps (talking about computers and mobiles, talking about sports you play/activities you do, say what you like doing and describe what other people do, talking about extreme sports).
Term 5 & 6 – Ma zone (talking about where they live and what you can do in their town/village, learning to give and ask for directions).

Year 8- French

Term 1 & 2 – T’es branché? (talking about TV programmes, talking about films and internet. Using the past tense to describe what you did the day before).
Term 3 & 4 – Paris, je t’adore! (Saying what you did & when, understanding information about a tourist attraction, asking questions in the past tense).
Term 5 & 6 – Mon identité (talking about your personality, talking about relationships. Talking about music & clothes, talking about your passion, using present, past & future tense).

Year 9 – French

Term 1 & 2 – Ma vie sociale d’ado (arranging to go out, giving opinions about someone, describing a date or music event, talking about Facebook).
Term 3 & 4 – Bien dans sa peau (talking about sports, learning about healthy eating, describing levels of fitness, learning the parts of the body).
Term 5 & 6 – A l’horizon (describing and talking about jobs, talking what you used to do when you were younger, describing what you would like to do and live in the future).

Year 7

Term 1 – Coca-Cola Advert (Describing using colours and adjectives)
Term 2 – Vittel Advert (Talking about family members, saying their names and age)
Term 3 & 4 – Nuttella Advert (Describing what the children on the advert are doing using the present tense)
Term 5 & 6 – Volkswagen Advert (Talking about likes and dislikes and giving the reason why, discussing opinions and preferences)

Beginners German KS3 – Year 9

Term 1 & 2 – Talking about oneself (Learning about Germany, meeting and greeting, name, age, numbers –100, domicile-countries, birthdays, months of the year, classroom language).

Term 3 & 4 – Holidays (Saying what you do at different times of the year, talking about where you went in the holidays, talking about places to stay, talking about what you did, learning about Germany as a winter holiday destination).

Term 5 & 6 – Leisure Activities (Talking about different types of TV programs, saying what you do after school, learning about sportspeople in other countries, talking about an afterschool trip, understanding news headlines and reports).

Beginners Spanish KS3 – Year 9

Term 1&2: ¡Vamos! (meeting and greeting, name, age, birthdays, numbers -100 months f year, school equipment).

Term 3&4: En el instituto (learning about school subjects giving their opinion and reasons, talking about what they do in lessons).

Term 5&6: Mi familia (talking about their family and their pets, learning to describe themselves and others).

Key Stage 4

What will my child learn in French?

Students will learn to communicate in French on a range of topics, some of which they will have met already at in years 7,8 and 9. For example, lifestyle (health and relationships) and leisure (free time and holidays).

Some universities are now including a GCSE in a foreign language as an entry requirement for all courses.

How is French taught?

Students have 5 lessons per fortnight

Once a week students may have the opportunity to work in small groups with a Foreign Language Assistant

Games are used to help you learn new words

The lessons and homework have a good balance of different activities

Students have the opportunity to take part in any residential trips organised by the Faculty

How is French assessed?

Two written controlled assessments in French

Two speaking controlled assessments in French (conversations of 4-6 minutes with teacher)

Exam 1 – Listening comprehension-answers in English and multiple choice exercises

Exam 2 – Reading comprehension-answers in English and multiple choice exercises


 

What will my child learn in German?

Students learn to communicate in German on a range of topics, some of which they will have met already in years 7,8 and 9. For example, lifestyle (health and relationships) and leisure (free time and holidays),

Some universities are now including a GCSE in a foreign language as an entry requirement for all courses

How is German taught?

Students will have 5 lessons per fortnight.

Once a week students may have the opportunity to work in small groups with a Foreign Language Assistant.

Games are used to help you learn new words.

The lessons and homework have a good balance of different activities

Students have the opportunity to take part in any residential trips organised by the Faculty.

How is German assessed?

Two written controlled assessments in German

Two speaking controlled assessments in German (conversations of 4-6 minutes with teacher)

Exam 1 – Listening comprehension-answers in English and multiple choice exercises

Exam 2 – Reading comprehension-answers in English and multiple choice exercises

Key Stage 5

French

What will my child learn in A-Level French

This course is designed to enable you to communicate confidently and clearly in French, both through the spoken and written word.

This modern course will involve the study of contemporary language in writing and speech.

Various topics are studied in the first year including:
Media
Popular Culture
Healthy Living / Lifestyle
Family / Relationships.

This opens up the possibility of studying film, literature, history, technology and any other aspect of French culture that may inspire students at A2.

Methods of learning include pair work, group work and independent work. You will develop your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills and use will be made of a variety of sources, such as internet, magazines, newspapers, books, recorded news items, talks and discussions.

During the lessons emphasis will be placed on communication in French and great emphasis will be placed on oral work, the giving and seeking of opinions, feelings and personal interests.The AS exam consists of an oral test and a two hour listening, reading and writing paper.


 

German

What will my child learn in A-Level German

This course is designed to enable students to communicate confidently and clearly in German, both through the spoken and written word.
This modern course will involve the study of contemporary language in writing and speech. The teaching and study will be topic-based. Various topics are studied in the first year including:

Media
Popular Culture
Healthy Living / Lifestyle
Family / Relationships.

This opens up the possibility of studying film, literature, history, technology and any other aspect of German culture that may inspire students at A2.

Methods of learning include pair work, group work and independent work. You will develop your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills and use will be made of a variety of sources, such as magazines, newspapers, books, recorded news items, talks and discussions. During the lessons emphasis will be placed on communication in German, on oral work, the giving and seeking of opinions, feelings and personal interests.

The AS exam consists of an oral test and a two hour listening, reading and writing paper.