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.

Vision

Our aim is to promote life-long language learning through engaging and challenging learning opportunities; to establish a thriving, healthy & happy teaching team, committed to raising educational outcomes; and increase the uptake of Modern Foreign Languages at KS4 & 5 through high quality lesson delivery and a range of cultural experiences throughout the year.

The curriculum is an opportunity to equip pupils with skills and knowledge to support them in their future linguistic experiences ranging from tourism to future study to basic communication.

The topic and skills are fundamental to the curriculum and the suitability, order and progression of these topics are agreed upon in order to support our vision. Good practice through ‘share & tell’ sessions in Faculty Development Time, faculty moderation, agreed long term and medium term planning and evolving assessment techniques are all an integral part of a relevant and valid diet across all key stages.

We want our students to be independent and interdependent learners with good communications skills. We want them to develop into confident linguists who analyse, challenge and reflect on their learning. We endeavour to establish high expectations to provide a platform for Higher Education. Residential trips to target language countries and weekly clubs support lessons by enabling pupils to put their learning into practice. It provides a meaningful context for linguistic development as well as increasing cultural awareness.

We want our students to develop a range of vocabulary and structures and to understand and apply grammatical principles, through the 4 main communication skills of Listening, Reading, Writing & Speaking. The new 3 year course at GCSE allows pupils to build on the skills, vocabulary and grammar of Key Stage 3. It provides the opportunity of a greater depth of learning through cultural exposure, to embed cultural awareness through film, music, food and a number of planned case studies throughout the course. This is continued and exploited further at Key Stage 5. This multi-tiered and multi-faceted approach aims to inspire individuals to strive to be the best they can, to celebrate learning languages and to provide them with relevant, practical skills for their lives ahead.

Key Stage 3

COURSE CONTENT

Year 7

  • Introducing and Describing Myself
  • Family and Friends
  • School
  • Free Time
  • Food and Drink
  • House and Home
  • My Town

Year 8

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

ASSESSMENT

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

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

Year 9:

  • Relationships with family & friends
  • Music, cinema & TV
  • Sport
  • Food & eating out
  • Home & where I live
  • School and subjects

Year 10:

  • Customs & festivals
  • Life at school and college
  • Holidays & travel
  • Healthy & unhealthy lifestyles

Year 11:

  • Marriage and partnerships
  • Social Media & Mobile Technology
  • Local & global issues
  • Charity work
  • Jobs, career choices & 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

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.