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 three 50-minute lessons per week. In Year 8, top set students take on the additional study of Spanish as a second foreign language. They divide their time up equally between French and Spanish (2 lessons of each). All other students have 4 lessons of French or 3 lessons of French and 1 lesson of Literacy. In Year 9 pupils either study 3 lessons of Spanish a week or 3 lessons of French a week. Some students have 1 lesson of French a week and receive additional tuition in Literacy and Numeracy.

At Key Stage 4, depending on previous study, pupils can opt to take French or Spanish at GCSE.  Pupils have three 50-minute lessons of their GCSE language per week. Pupils can opt to study both Spanish and French over 2 option blocks.

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 (Year 8) and Murcia (Year 9).  Every year the Languages department runs a Spelling Bee for Year 7 students, the winners of which are then entered into a regional competition.  In recent years we have had multiple competitors representing the school at the national finals.

Head of Department: Mr N Tierney


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

Media

Media

Illness

Year 9

Un jour de conge

Holidays

Holidays / Education

Education

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

Speaking
Writing

Listening

Reading

 

 

Year 9

Writing

Reading
Listening
Writing

Speaking

Reading
Speaking

 

 

 


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. 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 - French; Spanish; German

 

Revision guides and study books have been published for the new GCSE specification.  Details are as follows:

French Revision Guide - ISBN 9781292131429

French Revision Workbook - ISBN 9781292131351

Spanish Revision Guide - ISBN 9781292131443

Spanish Revision Workbook - ISBN 9781292131412

German Revision Guide - ISBN 9781292131436

German Revision Workbook - ISBN 9781292131382


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. It is particularly useful for listening and reading practice.

 

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 by teachers.  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.

 

www.revisionworld.com

There are not many past papers for the current GCSE specification so students are also directed to this website where they can complete Listening/Reading past papers from the previous specifications.

 

www.memrise.com

Students can use this website to discover a wide range of vocabulary in the language that they study. Teachers will assign specific vocabulary for the students to practise and this can be done on a desktop computer or on a tablet or phone via the Memrise app.

Updated: Jan 2020