Modern Foreign Languages

Welcome

Welcome to the Modern Foreign Languages page. Here you will find out everything you need to know about our department including what we teach and how we assess our pupils.


Curriculum Intent

  • To enable every pupil to develop their linguistic skills to their full potential.
  • To foster an awareness and appreciation of foreign cultures.
  • To be able to communicate effectively in the target language.


What are the aims of each area?

Listening/ Reading: to encourage a familiarity with the spoken / written language leading to a greater understanding.

Speaking/ Writing: to teach pupils how to become effective communicators in the target language in written and oral forms.


Key Stage 3 - Curriculum Implementation

What will our pupils study?

All pupils will study French in Years 7 and 8 and selected groups will also have one hour of German or Spanish. In their study of French and/or German/Spanish, pupils will follow the new Key Stage 3 Curriculum and they will have access to a range of resources, including brand new text books and online resources. The themes studied include: "family and friends", "clothes", "preferences" and "food" amongst others.

KS3 French Curriculum Overview

KS3 German Curriculum Overview.pdf

KS3 Spanish Curriculum Overview.pdf

Key Stage 3 – 2020 Curriculum Recovery Programme

In Year 8, we are following the Scheme of Work as we usually would do, however where gaps are identified, we will revise a particular topic. In KS4, many of the topics studied at KS3 will be studied in more depth.

Pupils in Year 7 begin with the usual Scheme of Work and we consistently strive to gain pupil confidence and begin their journey and enjoyment of a foreign language. Year 7 will all study French, with 7F and 7H beginning one lesson of German after October half term.

How will our pupils be assessed?

Pupils will complete various pieces of writing each term which they will then work on correcting and improving themselves with support and direction from their teacher. Pupils are also assessed internally at the end of each term. They will be tested on all four skills (listening, speaking, reading & writing) and these tests are based on the subject content they have just learnt.


Key Stage 4 - Curriculum Implementation

What will our pupils study?

At the end of year 8 when the pupils are choosing which subjects to take at KS4, most pupils will be encouraged to continue with their French studies. Those who have studied German or Spanish at KS3 may choose this language instead of, or as well as French. We currently have both French and German groups in Year 9 and French, German and Spanish groups in Year 10 and 11.

Year 9 pupils will continue to use the “Allez/Zoom” books that they used in KS3. This will build on prior learning and help to prepare them for more focussed GCSE work in Years 10 and 11.

Year 10 pupils will start to prepare for the new GCSE. Again, we will be using brand new textbooks, with online support, which have been specifically written with the new GCSE in mind. There are three main themes:

  • Identity and Culture
  • Local, national, international and global areas of interest
  • Current and future study and employment

Year 11 pupils will sit the new GCSE exam. Pupils will study the same three key themes:

  • Identity and Culture
  • Local, national, international and global areas of interest
  • Current and future study and employment

KS4 French Curriculum Overview

KS4 German Curriculum Overview

KS4 Spanish Curriculum Overview


Key Stage 4 – 2020 Curriculum Recovery Programme

KS4 classes revisit most subjects studied at KS3. Any extra resources are being used where possible, so we give pupils the opportunity for more personalised learning with another member of the department. We will be using knowledge tests and quizzes with Y10 and 11 in order to ascertain where gaps in knowledge lie, so we can amend schemes of learning as required and offer individual or group intervention. Google Classroom has proved a valuable resource this year, so many revision aids of grammar will be made available to pupils.

Key Stage 4: 2020 – Changes to content

This year, there will be no formal speaking exam. A speaking endorsement will be awarded by the class teacher based on performance in class. An endorsement of pass, merit or distinction will appear alongside their overall 9-1 grade. This will not be assessment based. We will provide one to one speaking opportunities for pupils to demonstrate their ability and we can see the progress being made.

How will our pupils be assessed?

Year 9 pupils will be assessed internally, in much the same way as in Key Stage 3 but with extra emphasis on GCSE style tasks.

Year 10 and 11 will be assessed internally, generally at the end of each term. This will provide excellent practice and preparation of the new GCSE exam tasks. Finally, at the end of Y11 the pupils will sit the new GCSE exam. This is a linear course with exams in three skills in May/June ’21. For this year only, the speaking exam will not be taken and an endorsement will be given by the teacher. Each skill is worth 25% of the final grade.

How have our KS4 pupils progressed so far?


2019
2020
2020
4+ "standard" pass
French 77.3%
French 90.5%
German 100%
5+ "strong" pass
French 53.4%
French 66.7%
German 69%


What can it lead to?

A foreign language is useful in a many occupations and possible career paths including:

  • Teaching
  • Translation/Interpreting
  • Banking
  • European and International Business
  • Travel & Tourism

Accommodation & Resources

There are four classrooms, each with an interactive whiteboard and a range of audio visual resources. There is a suite of 16 computers and 16 laptops which all staff and pupils have access to. All classrooms have recently been refurbished. We have recently purchased the latest text books and supporting online resources, which have all been tailored to the new curriculum and GCSE.

Summary

A wide range of methodology is used to interest and engage pupils, including extensive audio visual and electronic resources. Each week a pupil is chosen as "Linguist of the week" and receives a certificate and a letter of commendation. In addition to this, each term several pupils receive certificates and letters of commendation for attainment, effort, determination and improvement.

We have links with a school in France and another in Germany, so many of our KS3 pupils have pen pals already established.

The faculty believes firmly in the value of acquiring linguistic skills and developing a greater understanding of foreign cultures.

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