Welcome to the Languages Department

Introduction

The study of Languages enables pupils to gain wide-ranging communication skills and an appreciation of different cultures.

At Key Stage 3 pupils study French in Year 7 for four 50-minute lessons per week. Most able linguists take up a second language (German) which they continue to study simultaneously in Years 8 and 9. In Year 8, pupils in Set 2 begin to study Spanish, splitting their time between the two languages (two 50-minute lessons of French and two of Spanish).  In Year 9, pupils study three 50-minute lessons of a language, with this time being split for Set 1/2 pupils by two lessons of French and one of German/Spanish.

At Key Stage 4, depending on previous study, pupils can opt to take French, German or Spanish at GCSE.  Pupils have three 50-minute lessons of their GCSE language per week.

The department has five classrooms with one room which includes an IT suite specifically for use in Languages lessons.  All of the classrooms have interactive facilities.

The department offers a variety of extra-curricular experiences including two very popular immersion trips to Normandy and Murcia.  Beginners and GCSE Mandarin is offered to keen linguists as an extra-curricular activity and every year the Languages department runs a Spelling Bee for Year 7 students, the winners of which are then entered into a regional competition.  Last year, the French Spelling Bee champion at St Peter’s made it to the regional finals and our German Spelling Bee champion progressed to the national finals.

There are 7 members of staff in the Languages department:

  • Mr Tierney (HOD)
  • Mrs Heath (2nd )
  • Mrs Callaghan
  • Miss Dolan
  • Mrs Gibson
  • Mrs Makin
  • Mr Mather

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Map

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 7

Self

Family

School

School

House

Town

Year 8

Leisure

Invitations

Food

A Day Out

A Day Out

Holidays

Year 9

Holidays

Media

Relationships

Home Life

GCSE Grammar Booster

GCSE Grammar Booster

 

Summative Assessments

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 7

Listening
Reading
Writing

Speaking

Listening

 

Reading

 

Year 8

Reading
Writing

Speaking

Listening

Writing

 

 

Year 9

Writing

 

Speaking

Reading

 

 

 


Key Stage 4 Curriculum Map

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 10

Self & Family

Holidays

New Technology

Free Time

Home & Local Area

Celebrations

Year 11

School

Future Plans

Environment

Charity

Revision

Revision

 
Summative assessments

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 10

Reading
Writing

 

Speaking

 

Mock Exam – All Skills (L/R/S/W)

 

Year 11

 

Mock Exam – All Skills (L/R/S/W)

Writing

 

GCSE Exams

 

 


Link to specifications

Pupils follow the AQA Languages 9-1 syllabus (8658). This course covers the topic areas mentioned above and tests pupils on the skills of listening, reading, speaking, writing and translation. 

More information can be found here - http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/french-8658

 

A revision guide has been published for the new GCSE specification.  Details are as follows:

Title: Revise AQA GCSE French/Spanish/German Revision Workbook
Publisher: Pearson, www.pearsonschoolsandfecolleges.co.uk
ISBN: 9781292131351 (French)
  9781292131412 (Spanish)
  9781292131382 (German)
Price: Approx. £6

 


Useful Links

www.kerboodle.com – password protected

On this website pupils can access the online textbook that we follow in school. It offers a wide range of assessment and interactive activities in all skill areas.

 

www.textivate.com – password protected

Pupils can use this website to revise vocabulary (KS3 & 4) and to participate in Textivate vocabulary challenges which are set for homework.  KS4 pupils can use a different facility on this website to help them commit their conversation questions to memory.

 

www.aqa.org.uk

This is the exam board website which includes teaching and learning materials, past papers and specimen papers.