World Languages

Learning languages contributes to mutual understanding, a sense of global citizenship and personal fulfillment. Pupils learn to appreciate different countries, cultures, communities and people.

All students in Year 7 study either French and German or French and Spanish.

In years 8 and 9, students continue to study one of these languages in greater detail.

During Key Stage 3 pupils become familiar with the sounds, written form and grammar of the language, and use this knowledge with increasing confidence and competence to express themselves in role plays, conversations and writing. The majority of pupils are encouraged to continue to study a foreign language at GCSE level

They improve their understanding of the language by listening to people talking about different subjects and by reading a range of texts. They also increase their cultural awareness by communicating with people who speak the language and by using materials from countries and communities where the language is spoken.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Topics Studied:

  • Introducing and Describing Myself
  • Family and Friends
  • School
  • Sports and Leisure
  • Food and Drink
  • House and Home
  • My Town

Pupils are assessed at the end of each module (every 6 weeks) across 2 out of the 4 attainment skills of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. Pupils achieve an individual grade for each skill and an overall grade for each module.

Year 8

Topics Studied:

  • Family and Home Life
  • Free Time
  • Going Out
  • Holidays and Travel
  • Food and Drink
  • Friends and Activities

Pupils are assessed at the end of each module (every 6 weeks) across 2 out of the 4 attainment skills of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. Pupils achieve an individual grade for each skill and an overall grade for each module

Year 9

Topics Studied:

  • Free Time and Leisure
  • Future Plans
  • The Body and Health
  • Describing People
  • Holiday and Travel
  • Rights and Responsibilities of Young People

Pupils are assessed at the end of each module (every 6 weeks) across 2 out of the 4 attainment skills of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. Pupils achieve an individual grade for each skill and an overall grade for each module

 

Key Stage 4

Y10 GCSE French /German / Spanish

Students follow the new AQA specification over a two year period which features end of course examinations across the four skills of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. Candidates can be entered for either Foundation Tier (grades 1–5) or Higher Tier (grades 4–9) according to their effort and ability.

The GCSE course will provide pupils with the opportunities to develop language and skills learned in Year 7-9 and expand their cultural knowledge of target language speaking countries.

Course content:

Identity and culture: Relationships with family and friends; Marriage/partnership; Social media; Mobile technology; Free Time; Food and eating out; Customs and festivals in French/German/Spanish-speaking countries/communities

Local, national, international and global areas of interest:

Home, town, neighbourhood and region; Charity/voluntary work; Healthy/unhealthy living; The environment; Poverty/homelessness; Travel and tourism

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

Assessment:

  • Listening exam 25% of the final marks,
  • Reading exam 25% of the final marks,
  • Speaking Assessment 25% of the final marks,
  • Writing exam 25% of the final marks

 

Y11 GCSE French / German / Spanish

Students follow the AQA specification. Both feature on-going Controlled Assessments and end of course examinations.

Candidates will follow the AQA Full Course GCSE Syllabus. The syllabus is designed to help pupils develop their language skills in a variety of contexts. The flexible four unit structure of the course allows pupils to maximise their achievement.

Candidates can be entered for either Foundation Tier (Grades C – G) or Higher Tier (A* – D) according to their effort and ability.

The GCSE course will provide pupils with the opportunities to develop language and skills learned in Year 7-9 and expand their cultural knowledge of target language speaking countries.

Course Content:

  • Lifestyle: Health. Relationships & choices
  • Leisure: Free Time and the media. Holidays
  • Home & Environment: Home & local area The environment
  • Work & Education: School, college and future plans. Current and future jobs

Assessment:

  • Listening exam 20% of the final marks,
  • Reading exam 20% of the final marks,
  • Speaking Assessment 30% of the final marks,
  • Writing exam 30% of the final marks

Home Language Exams:

If a student can read, write, speak and understand another language such as Russian, Polish, Arabic, Portuguese or Spanish it may be possible for them to take a GCSE in this language. Topics and methods of assessment will be similar to that listed above.

 

Key Stage 5

A level French/German helps students develop confident, effective communication skills in the target language and a thorough understanding of the culture of countries and communities where French/German is spoken

Y12 French & German

Pupils follow the new AQA A Level specification. Pupils are encouraged to follow the 2 year A Level course with all formal assessments taking place at the end of Y13. A one year, AS level course is available.

Course Content French:

  • Current trends: The changing nature of family; The ‘cyber-society’; The place of voluntary work
  • Current issues: Positive features of a diverse society; Life for the marginalised; How criminals are treated
  • Artistic culture in the French-speaking world: A culture proud of its heritage; Contemporary francophone music; Cinema: the 7th art form
  • Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world: Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment; Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power; Politics and immigration
  • The study of one text and one film or two texts from French speaking authors

Course content German:

  • Aspects of German-speaking society: The changing state of the family; The digital world; Youth culture: fashion and trends, music, television
  • Multiculturalism in German-speaking society: Immigration; Integration; Racism
  • Artistic culture in the German-speaking world: Festivals and traditions;
  • Art and architecture; Cultural life in Berlin, past and present
  • Aspects of political life in the German-speaking world: Germany and the European Union; Politics and youth; German re-unification and its consequences
  • The study of one text and one film or two texts from German speaking authors

Assessment:

Listening, Reading & Writing exam (50%)

Written essays on 2 texts or 1 film and 1 text (20%)

Speaking exam (30%)

Y13 French & German.

Pupils follow the AQA specification and assessment is by end of course examination

The specification develops an interest in, and enthusiasm for, language learning and encourages students to consider their study of the language in a broader context.

The two-unit specification requires students to develop their ability to write and speak in French/ German with accurate grammar and syntax for a range of purposes and to understand written or spoken French/ German in a variety of contexts and genres.

A2 Course Content

  • The Environment: Pollution, Energy, Protecting the Planet
  • The Multi-cultural Society: Immigration, Integration, Racism
  • Contemporary Social Issues: Wealth and Poverty, Law and Order, Science and Technology
  • A cultural topic of the candidate’s choice

Assessment:

  • Listening, Reading and Writing exam: 35%
  • Speaking exam: 15%

These results are then added to the results achieved at the end of Y12 (AS level) to provide an overall A Level grade