Subjects

MFL

Mrs Gleave

At KS3 and KS4 we offer both French and German. In Years 7 and 8 French is studied by everyone and German is also studied by those in sets 1 and 2. We run a varied programme of visits and exchanges and encourage students to access various authentic news, information and entertainment websites, giving them guidance on how to do this effectively. We believe that it is important that students study at least one language to GCSE and beyond.

French KS3

In Years 7 to 11, in addition to textbooks, we use digital online courses, namely Studio at KS3 and Kerboodle at KS4. Students have access to these resources through the www.pearsonactivelearn.com and the www.kerboodle.com websites. These can be used both to reinforce and to extend vocabulary and grammatical knowledge. Other materials to support and extend their learning are available on the departmental firefly pages.

 

Aims:
  • To promote an interest in and encourage active engagement in learning French.
  • To develop cultural awareness of France as well as other French speaking countries.
  • To enable students to understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of sources and discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in French.
  • To enable students to speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.
  • To enable students to write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt.

 

Content:

 

Year 7
Year 8
  • Key vocabulary – Introductions, numbers, alphabet, basic personal details, pets, family, colours, descriptions (physical and personality) sports and free time, school subjects, time, opinions
  • Key vocabulary – describing a town including Paris, where you live, holidays including activities and travel, weather, media, music, reading, TV and films, clothes, food, personality and relationships
  • Key grammar – nouns, question formation, present tense regular and irregular verbs, possessive adjectives, adjectives
  • Key grammar – future tense, perfect tense, object pronouns, negatives, asking questions
  • Key skills – dictionary skills, extending writing and speaking, comprehension techniques, basic translation.
  • Key skills – reading and listening for gist, extending writing and speaking, comprehension techniques, extended translation

 

Year 8 literacy sets
  • Key vocabulary – Introductions, numbers, alphabet, personal details, pets, family, colours, descriptions (physical and personality) sports and free time, weather, opinions
  • Key grammar – nouns, question formation, possessive adjectives, adjectives
  • Key skills – dictionary skills, comprehension techniques, basic translation

 

Key assessment details:

Students will be assessed regularly using vocabulary tests and ongoing assessment during lessons as well as through homework tasks.  There will be formal assessment points during the year where the students will be tested in the four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

French KS4
Aims:
  • To promote an interest in and encourage active engagement in learning French.
  • To develop cultural awareness of France as well as other French speaking countries.
  • To enable students to understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of sources and discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in French.
  • To enable students to speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.
  • To enable students to write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt.

 

Content
Year 9
Year 10
Year 11
  • Key vocabulary – relationships, marriage and partnership, social media, mobile technology, music/cinema/television, food, eating out, sport.
  • Key vocabulary – France’s regions and customs, Francophone festivals, where I live, charity/voluntary work, healthy/unhealthy living, the environment, poverty and homelessness, holidays/travel.
  • Key vocabulary – school life and subjects, college, jobs, career choices and ambitions.

 

 

  • Key grammar – present tense, future tense, perfect tense, pronouns, adjectives including comparative/superlative, negatives, asking questions.
  • Key grammar – imperfect tense, conditional tense, partitive articles, demonstrative adjectives, prepositions, en + present participle, modal verbs, depuis, si clauses, the imperative.
  • Key grammar – adverbs, ce qui/ce que, the passive voice.

 

  • Key skills – listening and reading for gist and detail, coping with speaking and writing including translation.
  • Key skills – dealing with longer texts, speaking and writing with increasing complexity and confidence, including justification and paraphrasing
  • Key skills – development of examination skills.

 

 

Key assessment details:

In Years 9 and 10 students will be assessed regularly using vocabulary tests, ongoing assessment during lessons, GCSE examination-style tasks as well as through homework. There will be at least two formal assessment points during the year where the students will be tested in the four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. In Year 11 students will sit a formal mock examination in all four skills in the autumn term. In late April or early May they will sit their final oral examination which accounts for 25% of their GCSE grade. The remaining 75% is divided equally between three further examinations in listening, reading and writing. Students will be entered for the AQA GCSE at either Foundation or Higher Tier across the four skill areas. Foundation Tier will give access to grades 1-5 and Higher Tier to grades 4-9.

German KS3

In Years 7 to 11, in addition to textbooks, we use digital online courses, namely Stimmt at KS3 and Kerboodle at KS4. Students have access to these resources through the www.pearsonactivelearn.com and the www.kerboodle.com websites. These can be used both to reinforce and to extend vocabulary and grammatical knowledge. Other materials to support and extend their learning are available on the departmental firefly pages.

 

Aims:
  • To promote an interest in and encourage active engagement in learning German.
  • To develop cultural awareness of Germany as well as other German speaking countries.
  • To enable students to understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of sources and discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in German.
  • To enable students to speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.
  • To enable students to write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt.

 

Content:
Year 7
Year 8
  • Key vocabulary – Introductions, numbers, alphabet, basic personal details, pets, family, colours, descriptions (physical and personality) sports and free time, school subjects, opinions
  • Key vocabulary – describing a town, comparing places then and now, holidays including activities, places to stay and problems, weather, media, reading, TV and films, food, healthy lifestyles, clothes
  • Key grammar – nouns and their gender, question formation, present tense regular and irregular verbs, possessive adjectives, using kann + infinitive verb, word order, adjectives
  • Key grammar – future tense, basic imperfect tense, perfect tense, modal verbs, prepositions with the dative case, the du form of the imperative, wenn- and weil- subordinate clauses
  • Key skills – dictionary skills, ways to extend writing and speaking, comprehension techniques, basic translation skills
  • Key skills – note taking skills, reading and listening for gist, ways to extend writing and speaking, comprehension techniques, extended translation skills

 

Key assessment details:

Students will be assessed regularly using vocabulary tests and ongoing assessment during lessons as well as through homework tasks. There will be formal assessment points during the year where the students will be tested in the four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

 

German KS4
Aims:
  • To promote an interest in and encourage active engagement in learning German.
  • To develop cultural awareness of Germany as well as other German speaking countries.
  • To enable students to understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of sources and discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in German.
  • To enable students to speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.
  • To enable students to write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt.

 

Content:
Years 9 & 10
Year 11
  • Key vocabulary – relationships, marriage and partnership, social media, mobile technology, music/cinema/television, food, eating out, sport, Germany’s regions and customs, German festivals, where I live, charity/voluntary work, healthy/unhealthy living, the environment, poverty and homelessness, holidays/travel, school life and subjects, college, jobs, career choices and ambitions.
  • Key vocabulary – revision of previously covered topics including extension vocabulary for higher tier

 

 

 

  • Key grammar – present tense, future tense, perfect tense, pronouns, adjectives including comparative/superlative, negatives, asking questions, imperfect tense, conditional tense, cases, prepositions, modal verbs, wenn/weil clauses, the imperative.
  • Key grammar – revision of previously learnt grammar with a focus on higher tier grammar items

 

 

  • Key skills – listening and reading for gist and detail, coping with speaking and writing including translation.

 

  • Key skills – dealing with longer texts, speaking and writing with increasing complexity and confidence, including justification and paraphrasing, development of examination skills.

 

Key assessment details:

In Years 9 and 10 students will be assessed regularly using vocabulary tests, ongoing assessment during lessons, GCSE examination-style tasks as well as through homework. There will be at least two formal assessment points during the year where the students will be tested in the four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. In Year 11 students will sit a formal mock examination in all four skills in the autumn term. In late April or early May they will sit their final oral examination which accounts for 25% of their GCSE grade. The remaining 75% is divided equally between three further examinations in listening, reading and writing. Students will be entered for the AQA GCSE at either Foundation or Higher Tier across the four skill areas. Foundation Tier will give access to grades 1-5 and Higher Tier to grades 4-9.