Key Stage 3

Year 7

Aims

  • To help pupils acquire basic competence in the essential topics of everyday communication.
  • To give pupils an insight into the peoples and cultures of the French and German speaking countries and thereby promote tolerance and understanding.
  • To give pupils a foundation in understanding and using grammatical principles and concepts thereby establishing the foundations for future study.

Knowledge and Understanding
Pupils will acquire a knowledge of the essential vocabulary related to the topics studied and will be able to apply basic grammatical principles to help generate both spoken and written language.

Skills

The skills of reading, listening, speaking and writing are developed in equal measure throughout the key stage. We use “can do” statements during each module of work to make the topics relevant and practicable (e.g. “You can say what your favourite sport is.” “You can ask someone what his/ her hobbies are.”)

Assessment
We use National Curriculum levels at KS3 to assess overall competence in the foreign language being studied. Pupils are normally assessed towards the end of each module of work studied either using all or a combination of the reading, listening, speaking and written assessments available.

Homework
Homework is set in accordance with school policy. It is normally a combination of written and/ or a learning homework. Learning homework involves the committing to memory of vocabulary or a grammatical topic (e.g. an irregular verb). It is very important that learning homeworks are done thoroughly as a knowledge of vocabulary and grammar are the prerequisites of successful language learning.

Revision
Pupils are made very clearly aware of what will be assessed on the module tests. They are encouraged to revise using a combination of the corrected work in their exercise books and the revision/ vocabulary sheets issued. It is very important that they apply the revision techniques for learning vocabulary and committing to memory key language. These techniques are covered with pupils in lessons.

Programme of Study
Year 7 French

Autumn termSpring TermSummer Term
C’est perso (personal ID, family, descriptions, opinions)Mes passetemps (hobbies, IT, likes)Partez (holidays, buying snacks and drinks, future intentions)
Mon collège (subjects, time, school day, food)Ma zone (where you live, directions, what you can do in town)

Year 8

Aims

  • To help pupils acquire basic competence in the essential topics of everyday communication.
  • To give pupils an insight into the peoples and cultures of the French and German speaking countries and thereby promote tolerance and understanding.
  • To give pupils a foundation in understanding and using grammatical principles and concepts thereby establishing the foundations for future study.

Knowledge and Understanding
Pupils will acquire a knowledge of the essential vocabulary related to the topics studied and will be able to apply basic grammatical principles to help generate both spoken and written language.

Skills

The skills of reading, listening, speaking and writing are developed in equal measure throughout the key stage. We use “can do” statements during each module of work to make the topics relevant and practicable (e.g. “You can say what your favourite sport is.” “You can ask someone what his/ her hobbies are.”)

Assessment
We use National Curriculum levels at KS3 to assess overall competence in the foreign language being studied. Pupils are normally assessed towards the end of each module of work studied either using all or a combination of the reading, listening, speaking and written assessments available.

Homework
Homework is set in accordance with school policy. It is normally a combination of written and/ or a learning homework. Learning homework involves the committing to memory of vocabulary or a grammatical topic (e.g. an irregular verb). It is very important that learning homeworks are done thoroughly as a knowledge of vocabulary and grammar are the prerequisites of successful language learning.

Revision
Pupils are made very clearly aware of what will be assessed on the module tests. They are encouraged to revise using a combination of the corrected work in their exercise books and the revision/ vocabulary sheets issued. It is very important that they apply the revision techniques for learning vocabulary and committing to memory key language. These techniques are covered with pupils in lessons.

Programme of Study

Year 8 French
Autumn termSpring TermSummer Term
T’es branché? (TV programmes, films, reading, weather)Mon identité (personality,
relationships, music, clothes)
Quel talent (talent, ambition, saying what you must/ can do, giving commands)
Paris, je t’adore (what you can do in Paris, tourist information, talking about past events)Chez moi, chez toi (describing your home, meals, forthcoming events)
Year 8 German
Autumn termSpring TermSummer Term
Hallo personal ID, where you live, numbers, alphabet, birthdaysDie Schule subjects, opinions, telling the time, snacks, drinks, uniformFamilie members of family, descriptions, pets

Year 9

Aims

  • To help pupils acquire basic competence in the essential topics of everyday communication.
  • To give pupils an insight into the peoples and cultures of the French and German speaking countries and thereby promote tolerance and understanding.
  • To give pupils a foundation in understanding and using grammatical principles and concepts thereby establishing the foundations for future study.

Knowledge and Understanding
Pupils will acquire a knowledge of the essential vocabulary related to the topics studied and will be able to apply basic grammatical principles to help generate both spoken and written language.

Skills

The skills of reading, listening, speaking and writing are developed in equal measure throughout the key stage. We use “can do” statements during each module of work to make the topics relevant and practicable (e.g. “You can say what your favourite sport is.” “You can ask someone what his/ her hobbies are.”)

Assessment
We use National Curriculum levels at KS3 to assess overall competence in the foreign language being studied. Pupils are normally assessed towards the end of each module of work studied either using all or a combination of the reading, listening, speaking and written assessments available.

Homework
Homework is set in accordance with school policy. It is normally a combination of written and/ or a learning homework. Learning homework involves the committing to memory of vocabulary or a grammatical topic (e.g. an irregular verb). It is very important that learning homeworks are done thoroughly as a knowledge of vocabulary and grammar are the prerequisites of successful language learning.

Revision
Pupils are made very clearly aware of what will be assessed on the module tests. They are encouraged to revise using a combination of the corrected work in their exercise books and the revision/ vocabulary sheets issued. It is very important that they apply the revision techniques for learning vocabulary and committing to memory key language. These techniques are covered with pupils in lessons.

Programme of Study

Year 9 French
Autumn termSpring TermSummer Term
La France talking about French towns, saying what you can do there, talking about what you have done, living in the countryLe weekend talking about free time and future plans, talking about the pastLa mode talking about clothes, shopping, fashion
Chez moi talking about our home, housework tasks, relationships with peopleGardez la forme talking about health issues, giving adviceLes médias talking about TV, soaps, weather
Year 9 German
Autumn termSpring TermSummer Term
Freizeit sports, opinions, when you do things, arranging to go outMein Zuhause talking about our home, what you do there, descriptionsStadt und Land talking about where you live, the weather directions, buying food and drink, past and future events
Key Stage 4

Year 10 & 11: Languages – French and/or German

French AQA
German AQA

Why study Languages?

Do you want to be a great communicator and problem solver? Do you want to visit new places and meet amazing people?

Languages are fun, exciting and challenging and, using a huge variety of resources, there will be an emphasis on helping you to practise your French or German in the lessons and be part of a dynamic department in the school.

We live in a multilingual, global society. Languages are hugely important and, increasingly, the ability to use at least one foreign language can lead to many exciting opportunities. If you have skills in a foreign language you will have an advantage in the job market and in gaining a place at university. Russell Group universities, in particular, value Languages.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in our French/German exchanges. The exchanges are not compulsory, but they are an ideal way to practise your French/German and, just as importantly, they are great fun!

What do you study?

You have the option to study one or both languages. It is only possible to study German at GCSE level if you have taken German in Years 8 and 9.

What is in the course?

The courses will equip you with the skills necessary to cope in everyday situations whilst in France/Germany, be it for the purposes of work or leisure. A communicative teaching approach is adopted using role-play, video, animation and computers as appropriate. You will be encouraged to use as much French/German as possible in the lessons.

How are you examined?

The examination is made up of four parts: Listening – Speaking – Reading – Writing. These are all equally weighted, each counting 25% towards your final GCSE grade awarded. The assessments are taken from three areas of study: Identity and Culture, Areas of Interest and Current and Future Study and Employment.

Key Stage 5

Year 12 & 13: (Sixth Form)

French

EXAMINATION BOARD
AQA

WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT THIS SUBJECT?
A Level Languages introduce learners to advanced language studies and provide an engaging and inviting opportunity for learners to build on their previous studies.

Through social, intellectual and cultural themes learners will be able to develop their linguistic knowledge and cultural understanding of the countries/communities where the languages are spoken.

A strong focus is placed on building learners’ confidence and fluency in spoken language using relevant and topical themes. We offer all learners the opportunity to spend a fortnight in France with native speakers.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Grade 4 or above in GCSE French.

YOU WILL STUDY
• French language and society through a variety of authentic, contemporary sources including our wireless language lab, films, novels, TV and radio programmes.
• One film (e.g. La Haine or Entre les Murs) and one novel (e.g. L’étranger or No et Moi).
• A wide range of topics (e.g. Cinema, Literature, Politics, History and other contemporary issues).
• We revisit all aspects of grammar in order to ensure that all learners are confident in this vital area.

YOU WILL LEARN TO
Through learning French you will grow in confidence while improving your fluency and command of the language. You will become a better problem-solver through learning to think analytically, imaginatively and creatively. Initiating and sustaining discussion will form a part of most lessons.

ASSESSMENT DETAILS
There are 3 exams, taken at the end of Year 13.
• Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing: 2 hours 30 minutes, 50% of final grade.
• Paper 2: Writing: 2 hours, 20% of final grade.
• Paper 3: Speaking: 21-23 minutes, 30% of final grade.

There is no course work or controlled assessment.

CAREERS & UNIVERSITY PATHWAYS
A person who has an advanced command of a foreign language has a distinct advantage in the job market. Students can proceed to university to study French, to study new languages or combine the study of French with most other disciplines (e.g. Law, Business, Science, Engineering, Computing, Art & Design). Studying French helps you to develop many transferrable skills, such as communication and problem solving, which means that your career options are not limited to translation! You may consider jobs in hospitality, the media, medicine, business and so on.

German

EXAMINATION BOARD
AQA

WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT THIS SUBJECT?
A-level German introduces learners to advanced language studies and provides an engaging and inviting opportunity for learners to build on their previous language skills.

Through social, intellectual and cultural themes learners will be able to develop their linguistic knowledge and cultural understanding of Germany and other relevant countries.

A strong focus is placed on building learners’ confidence and fluency in spoken German using relevant and topical themes. To further promote this we offer all learners the opportunity to spend two weeks in Germany with host families, where they can work in our partner primary school and integrate themselves in authentic German life.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Grade 4 or above in GCSE German.

YOU WILL STUDY
• German language and culture through a variety of authentic and contemporary sources.
• One film (e.g. Die Welle, Almanya, Das Leben der Anderen, Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei etc.) and one novel.
• A wide range of thought-provoking topics, such as the German reunification, immigration and racism, art and architecture, youth culture, the digital world, family relations, political issues, life in Berlin and festivals and traditions.
• We revisit and perfect all areas of GCSE grammar in order to ensure that all learners are confident in this vital area before advancing into more intricate aspects of the language.

YOU WILL LEARN TO
Through learning a language you will grow in confidence while improving your fluency and command of the language. You will become a better problem-solver through learning to think analytically, imaginatively and creatively. Initiating and sustaining discussion will form a part of most lessons

ASSESSMENT DETAILS
There are 3 exams to be taken at the end of Year 13.
• Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing: 2 hours 30 minutes, 50% of final grade.
• Paper 2: Writing: 2 hours, 20% of final grade.
• Paper 3: Speaking: 21-23 minutes, 30% of final grade.

There is no course work or controlled assessment.

CAREERS & UNIVERSITY PATHWAYS
A bilingual person who has an advanced command of a foreign language has a distinct advantage in the job market. After A-level, students can proceed to university, where it is possible to combine German with the study of a new language ab initio or another discipline (e.g. Law, Business, Engineering, Computing, Fine Art, English etc.). Studying a language develops many transferable skills, such as communication and problem solving, which means that your career options are not limited to translation! You may consider jobs in hospitality, the media, medicine, business and so on.