Modern Foreign Languages
Enjoyment. Enthusiasm. Engagement. Excellence. European. Our vision is to ensure that all teaching and learning in languages reflect these ideals using an active, collaborative approach to learning. We aim to foster a love of languages in our learners, making all aware of their successes and how they need to improve in order to achieve excellence for all.
All students study either French or Spanish in key stage 3 according to their form group. There are 5 periods per fortnight in all years. Students develop skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in their target language and have regular access to ICT. Courses are multi-media and students have ample opportunities to use the language for practical communication as well as developing an understanding of grammatical concepts and the way in which the language works.
Key Stage 3
Topics covered include personal identity, the classroom, family, pets and description, school, numbers, leisure, where you live and holidays.
The French programme of study is very broadly based on Metro 1 (Heinemann) and the Spanish programme of study is based on Listos 1 (Heinemann), but both are supplemented by a wealth of staff produced resources.
The French programme of study is based on Metro 2 (Heinemann). There is an increasing emphasis on grammatical understanding. Topics covered include daily routine, going out, the cinema, coping with illness, food, shopping, travel, Paris and holidays. Classes are set according to ability.
The Spanish programme of study is based on Listos 1 and 2 (Heinemann). Students continue to develop their core skills in line with aptitude and ability. Many learners will be able to communicate in a range of tenses and give developed opinions on a range of topics by the end of the key stage. The course covers daily routine and the home, describing your town, sport and leisure, arranging to go out, descriptions and comparisons and describing personality.
The French programme of study is based on Metro 3 (Heinemann). Students continue to develop their core skills in line with aptitude and ability. Many learners will be able to communicate in a range of tenses and give developed opinions on a range of topics by the end of the key stage. Topics covered include school, routine, coping with illness, directions, jobs, pocket money, food and healthy eating, shopping for clothes, holidays and accommodation.
The Spanish programme of study is based on Listos 2 (Heinemann). Students continue to develop their practical skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing Spanish. Many learners will be able to communicate in a range of tenses and give developed opinions on a range of topics by the end of the key stage. Topics covered include clothes, shopping, describing a town and tourism, the cinema, arranging to go out, the Hispanic world and coping with illness.
Key Stage 4
The French and Spanish GCSE courses develop the skills required to communicate in both speaking and writing. There is an increased emphasis on acquiring the language skills in order to infer meaning, interpret, develop structure, use tenses and write accurate French/Spanish. Greater independence and interaction with others is encouraged through the study of topics ranging from sport, leisure and holidays to travel, the workplace and environmental issues. There are ample opportunities for learning through ICT, the internet and contact with native speakers.
There are two tiers of entry:
- Higher (grades A* to D) and Foundation (grades C to G).
- We have access to the AQA GCSE material including the Kerboodle website for independent learning.
- Controlled assessment in November
- Social relationships
- Controlled assessment in July
- Home and environment
- Controlled assessment in December
- Controlled assessment in March
Assessment and Examinations
(French Full Course-AQA 4655 & Spanish Full Course-AQA 4695)
- French/ Spanish GCSE Controlled Assessments: written (30%), oral (30%) examined over the two year course
- Examinations: Listening (20%) and reading (20%)
Key Stage 5
We offer AS and A2 French and Spanish. Both courses aim for the students to be able to communicate fluently in French or Spanish. All lessons are conducted in the target language and through the topics studied students develop a high level of competency in speaking, listening, reading and writing. The students study the language through a variety of stimuli, using authentic materials. They learn how to speak colloquially, organise discussions and how to present arguments and information. In addition the students will be able to write accurately in the target language. Grammar is studied through a systematic programme relevant to the topic studied and the skills required.
- Popular culture
- Health and holidays
- Examination preparation
- Cultural topic 1
- Social issues
- Cultural topic 2
- Scientific progress
Assessment and Examinations (French - AQA & Spanish - AQA)
French/ Spanish AS
2 externally marked examinations (June)
- Unit on Listening, Reading and Writing: 2 hours (70% AS)
- Unit on Speaking: 35 minutes including 20 minutes preparation time (30% AS)
French/ Spanish A2
2 examinations (June)
- Unit on Listening, Reading and Writing: 2 hours 30 minutes (35% A2)
- Unit on Speaking: 35 minutes, including 20 minutes preparation time (15% A2)
Extra Curricular Opportunities
Extra curricular opportunities include:
- Exchange letters to link schools in Europe
- Hosting groups from other European schools
- Visits to a local tapas bar and crêperie in Year 8 to practise language in a real situation
- Annual French theatre group visits
- Trips to France and Spain