“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”

                                                                                                  – Nelson Mandela

Aims of the subject

The fundamental aim of our department is to ignite a life-long passion in our students for languages; not only to communicate linguistically with people around the world, but also to understand cultural differences in the increasingly accessible world in which we live.  The experience of learning and using a foreign language makes a unique contribution to the curriculum by taking students out of an “English” environment and allowing them to explore other life-styles and cultures, as well as helping to develop an understanding of the linguistics of their own language. 

Overview of KS3

Throughout Key Stage 3, students will

  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of the target language, through the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing
  • Develop grammar skills to create language independently
  • Use meta-learning to build transferable skills such as resilience, resourcefulness and reciprocity
  • Develop cultural awareness of the target language countries
  • Be challenged at all levels of abilities through shape differentiated tasks and activities, including homework
  • Be supported to achieve their very best, by teachers with expert subject and pedagogical knowledge

All students in Year 7 study both Spanish and French during their five allocated hours per fortnight.  In order to enable our students to become independent and creative linguists, we focus on the delivery of grammar from the outset, ensuring a depth of knowledge to enable students to embark on the path to mastery.

In Year 8, students continue with both Spanish and French and, at the end of this year, make the decision about which language to continue with, as single linguists, into Year 9.

In Year 9, students have four hours per fortnight of their chosen language, creating a solid foundation for those opting to continue with a language at GCSE.  At the end of Key Stage 3, students are able to opt to continue studying French or Spanish, depending on the language studied in Year 9. Students wishing to achieve the EBacc will require a language as an option subject.

 

FRENCH

Books Used:  Accès Studio & Studio 1 & 2 textbooks

What will be studied in Year 7

Autumn Term:

Topics: Pronunciation, greetings, alphabet, numbers, ages, birthdays, school bag items, in the classroom, opinions, hobbies, colours, animals

Grammar: Avoir, posing questions, être, verb conjugation, articles, nouns, prepositions, the partitive article, faire, adjective agreement, negatives, plural nouns, possessive adjectives

Spring Term:

Topics: Family, saying where you live, food and drink, nationalities and countries, weather

Grammar: Possessive articles, être, irregular adjectives, present tense, prepositions, articles, adjective agreement, aller

Summer Term:

Topics: Talking about likes and dislikes, your survival kit, describing yourself and other people

Grammar: The present tense, negatives, articles, avoir, intensifers, adjectives, être, possessive adjectives, infinitives

What will be studied in Year 8

Autumn Term:

Topics: School subjects, opinions and reasons, agreeing and disagreeing, telling the time, the school day

Grammar: Definite article, negatives, intensifiers, connectives, present tense verbs, avoir and être

Spring Term:

Topics: School food, computers and mobile phones, sports

Grammar: The near future, the partitive article, the present tense, plurality, adjectives, negatives, intensifiers

Summer Term:

Topics: Free time, weather, describing someone else’s hobbies

Grammar: Prepositions, use of faire, using two tenses, verb +infinitive

What will be studied in Year 9

Autumn Term

Topics: TV programmes, films, reading, the internet

Grammar: The present tense, negatives, questions, avoir and être, articles, aller and faire, adjectives, the perfect tense.

Spring Term

Topics: Past holidays; opinions, activities, travel, questioning

Grammar: The perfect tense, negatives, irregular perfect tense verbs, comparative/superlative, adjectives, the perfect tense with être

Summer term:

Topics: Where you live, house and home, meals, food-shopping, festivals

Grammar: Adjectives, comparative, possessive adjectives, prepositions, the partitive article, using past, present and future tense verbs

 

SPANISH

Books Used: Viva 1 and 2

What will be studied in Year 7

Autumn Term:

Topics: Pronunciation, introductions, personality, discussing your age and birthday, brothers and sisters, numbers and alphabet.

Grammar: Nouns, articles, conjugation, phonics, adjectives, Ser, negative verbs, connectives, intensifiers, comparative/superlative, Tener, possessive adjectives

Spring Term:

Topics: Pets, describing yourself, free time

Grammar: Adjectives, Tener, Ser, intensifiers, connectives, opinions, comparative/superlative, articles, infinitives, the present tense, desde hace, ¡Qué + adjective!

Summer Term:

Topics: Weather, Sports

Grammar: Cuando/Si phrases, suelo, hacer, jugar, direct object pronouns, the present tense

What will be studied in Year 8 (year 7 beginners 2018)

Autumn Term:

Topics: School subjects, giving and justifying opinions about school subjects, describing your school, talking about break time

Grammar: Estudiar, desde hace, direct object pronouns, the near future, adjectives, comparative/superlative, connectives, Lo + adjectives, ¡Qué + adjective!, articles, me gustaría + infinitive, the present tense suelo, sequencers, cuando/si phrases

Spring Term:

Topics: Describing your family, describing hair and eye colour, saying what other people look like

Grammar: possessive adjectives, the present tense, comparative/superlative, adjectives, intensifiers, Ser, Tener, Estar, me gustaría + infinitive, desde hace

Summer Term:

Topics: House and home, in the town, telling the time, ordering in a café, saying what you are going to do at the weekend

Grammar: Lo + adjective, ¡Qué + adjective!, adjectives, comparative/superlative, intensifiers, Ir, suelo, acabo de + infinitive, me gustaría + infinitive, se puede + infinitive, the near future, Querer, using two tenses

What will be studied in Year 9 (year 8 beginners 2018)

Autumn Term:

Topics: Describing your family, describing hair and eye colour, saying what other people look like

Grammar: possessive adjectives, the present tense, comparative/superlative, adjectives, intensifiers, Ser, Tener, Estar, me gustaría + infinitive, desde hace

Spring Term:

Topics: House and home, in the town, telling the time, ordering in a café, saying what you are going to do at the weekend

Grammar: Lo + adjective, ¡Qué + adjective!, adjectives, comparative/superlative, intensifiers, Ir, suelo, acabo de + infinitive, me gustaría + infinitive, se puede + infinitive, the near future, Querer, using two tenses

Summer Term:

Topics: Holidays; saying what you did, describing the last day, saying what your holiday was like. Talking about future holiday plans.

Grammar: The regular preterite tense, Ir in the preterite, ¡Qué + adjective!, acabo de + infinitive, suelo, comparative/superlative, near future, me gustaría + infinitive, para + infinitive, the near future, Lo + adjective

 

FRENCH & SPANISH - GCSE

Students are able to choose a Modern Foreign Language at KS4 from either French or Spanish, depending on the choice they made at the end of Year 8. Both languages will help to develop and, of course, add to language learnt in Key Stage 3, learning new grammar and vocabulary, extending their knowledge of both the foreign language and the country. Students will be able to communicate in both formal and informal situations, across a wide range of topics.  They will also explore important issues of interest to young adults.  Students at Key Stage 4 have the fantastic opportunity to work with Modern Language Assistants (MLAs) to improve their pronunciation, confidence with speaking the foreign language and the accuracy of their grammar. The MLAs are also a significant source of cultural knowledge for our students.

 

French                                                Spanish

Studio Coursebook                           Viva Coursebook

Exam Board:  Students follow the AQA GCSE course in both French and Spanish.  This is a linear course and will consist of the following components:

  • Listening and understanding 25%
  • Speaking 25%
  • Reading and understanding 25%
  • Writing 25%

All components will be assessed in the summer term of Year 11, under examination conditions.  Candidates are entered at either Foundation or Higher level for all components according to their ability.  During the two year course, students study the following themes:

  • Local, national, international and global areas of interest
  • Identity and culture – mealtimes, illness, festivals, family, media and technology.
  • Current and future study and employment

Further information from Mrs F Harrison