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Languages

INTRODUCTION

Our principal aim is to instil confidence in students so that they are able to communicate fluently and with spontaneity on a range of real life contexts both within the classroom environment and beyond, into their future studies and careers. 

We strive to foster students’ curiosity of languages and knowledge of other cultures in order to deepen their understanding of the wider world. Problem solving will be at the heart of our lessons, in order to develop learner autonomy.  As a result, students will be motivated to learn and will have a sense of pride and success in everything they do. 

KS3 Curriculum Maps

French:

 

 Spanish:

 

 

Curriculum in Year 7

All students in Y7 study Spanish.

Our wish is for students to learn a language through a range of interesting and motivating contexts with each unit having a clear intent.  Examples of topics covered in Y7 include: My World; Descriptions and In the City.  The KS3 curriculum in languages has been carefully considered and devised based on the requirements of the National Curriculum and so that grammar and vocabulary are sequenced according to prior learning.  Students are given the ability to master and retrieve key concepts at every stage of their journey.  New language is introduced and old language recycled in chunks via the use of sentence builders.  Elements of Hispanic culture are explored and discussed throughout the year. There is an emphasis on understanding and celebrating differences within cultures and Spanish speaking countries.    

 

How we assess:

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Overview 

Students will be assessed at the end of Term 1 in three skills areas: Listening, Reading and Writing.

 

 

Speaking will be assessed towards the end of Term 2.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students will be assessed at the end of Half Term 5 (May)  in three skills areas: Listening, Reading and Writing.

 

 

 

Content

Introductions

Basic likes and dislikes

Countries

Where you live now and where you will live in the future

Present and Future Tenses

un / una 

ser / estar 

As per Autumn term plus:

Family 

Adjectival agreement 

 

As per Spring Term plus:

Describing appearances and personality 

 

How can parents help?

  •  Encourage your child to learn vocabulary little and often and ensure they   are completing their learning homework
  •  Encourage your child to watch age appropriate television programmes in   Spanish 
  •  Encourage your child to use mobile phone apps / websites to practise   vocabulary, for example, Language Nut and Linguascope.  All students will be issued with log in details for these websites

Curriculum in Year 8

All students in Y8 study Spanish and some students (Z Band) will also start to learn French.  

Our wish is for students to learn a language through a range of interesting and motivating contexts with each unit having a clear intent.  Examples of topics covered in Y8 include: My Mind My Body (Sport); School; Cinema (Spanish) and a focus on the verb 'avoir' to describe people and animals (French).  The KS3 curriculum in languages has been carefully considered and devised based on the requirements of the National Curriculum and so that grammar and vocabulary are sequenced according to prior learning.  Students are given the ability to master and retrieve key concepts at every stage of their journey.  New language is introduced and old language recycled in chunks via the use of sentence builders.  Elements of Hispanic and Francophone culture are explored and discussed throughout the year. There is an emphasis on understanding and celebrating differences within cultures and Spanish and French speaking countries.    

 

 How we assess:

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Overview 

Speaking (Spanish) will be assessed towards the end of Half Term 1 (October)

 

 

There will be no formal assessment in French until February.

Students will be assessed towards the end of Half Term 3 (February) in three skills areas: Listening, Reading and Writing.

 

Speaking will be assessed in both languages during the final term. Students will also sit and End of Year exam covering the skills areas of Listening, Reading and Writing.

 

 

 

Content

Spanish:

As per Summer Term Y7 plus:

Describing Cities

Sports 

Comparisons

Present Tense

Future Tense 

Spanish: 

As per Autumn Term plus:

School 

Past Tense 

Sequencers

Cinema

Music 

 

 

French:

Using the verb

être to describe people, places and things

Spanish:

As per Spring Term plus:

Cinema

Music 

Using the verb 'ir' with definitie articles

 

 

French:

As per Spring Term plus using the verb 'avoir' to describe people, family and animals and using the verbs 'jouer' and 'faire' to describe interests.

 

How can parents help?

  •  Encourage your child to learn vocabulary little and often and ensure they   are completing their learning homework
  •  Encourage your child to watch age appropriate television programmes in   Spanish / French
  •  Encourage your child to use mobile phone apps / websites to practise   vocabulary, for example, Language Nut and Linguascope.  All students will  be issued with log in details for both of these websites

Curriculum in Year 9

All students in Y9 study Spanish and some students also continue to learn French.  

Our wish is for students to learn a language through a range of interesting and motivating contexts with each unit having a clear intent.  Examples of topics covered in Y9 include: Our Planet; My Neighbourhood and Ideal Summer (Spanish) and Clothes and Fashion  (French).  The KS3 curriculum in languages has been carefully considered and devised based on the requirements of the National Curriculum and so that grammar and vocabulary are sequenced according to prior learning.  Students are given the ability to master and retrieve key concepts at every stage of their journey.  New language is introduced and old language recycled in chunks via the use of sentence builders.  Elements of Hispanic and Francophone culture are explored and discussed throughout the year. There is an emphasis on understanding and celebrating differences within cultures and Spanish and French speaking countries.    

 

How we assess:

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Overview 

Listening / Reading / Writing 

Students will be assessed on content covered in Year 7, 8  and throughout this term.   

 

 

Speaking will be assessed in both languages during this term.

Students will sit an End of Year exam covering the skill areas of Listening, Reading and Writing.

 

Content

Spanish:

As per Y8 Summer Term plus:

Food and Drink 

Present Tense 

Para + infinitve 

Se debe 

 

 

French:

Personal Information 

TV

 

Using the verb

être to describe people, family and things

Spanish:

As per Autumn Term plus:

Describing a party

Describing neighbourhoods 

Past Tense 

Lo bueno es que

Lo malo es que 

 

 

French:

As per Summer Term Y8 plus:

Clothes - Discovering French Fashion

 

Spanish:

As per Spring Term plus:

Protecting the environment

Se debería

Si clauses

 

French:

As per Spring Term plus:

My interests - Sports and Hobbies 

 

How can parents help?

  •  Encourage your child to learn vocabulary little and often and ensure they   are completing their learning homework
  •  Encourage your child to watch age appropriate television programmes in   Spanish / French
  •  Encourage your child to use mobile phone apps / websites to practise   vocabulary, for example, Language Nut and Linguascope.  All students will   be issued with log in details for both of these websites  

 

Curriculum in Year 10

Name of course and board: GCSE French / GCSE Spanish (Edexcel)

Method of external assessment: 100% exam 

Students will sit four exams at the end of the two-year course. The examination board is Edexcel. Candidates will be entered for writing, speaking, reading and listening examinations. Each is worth 25%.

There are two exam tiers, Foundation (grades 1-5) and Higher (grades 4- 9).

Students’ progress in all four skills is monitored and supported throughout the course.

Students further develop their skills in understanding written and spoken French or Spanish and in actively using the language to speak and write.  They are expected to have and discuss their opinion on a wide range of current topics in French or Spanish.

They continue to develop a wide range of language learning techniques, which will aid them in learning across the curriculum and with any language they may choose or need to study in the future.

We broadly follow the Studio (French) Viva (Spanish) series and over the course of the two years we cover the following topic areas:

Theme 1: Identity & Culture  

Theme 2 Local Area, Holiday and Travel   

Theme 3: School 

Theme 4: Future Aspirations, Study and Work 

Theme 5: International and Global Dimension 

 

How we assess:

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Overview 

Listening / Reading Writing

 

Speaking will be assessed informally in class.

Listening / Reading / Writing

 

Speaking will be assessed informally in class.

Full mock exam (including speaking)
Content

Themes 2 and 3 (Spanish)

Grammar Focus and Theme 2 (French)

Themes 1 (Spanish)

Themes 2 and 3 (French)

Themes 1,2 and 3.

 

How can parents help?

  •  Encourage your child to learn vocabulary little and often and ensure they   are completing their learning homework
  •  Encourage your child to watch age appropriate television programmes in   Spanish / French
  •  Encourage your child to use mobile phone apps / websites to practise   vocabulary, for example, Language Nut.  All students will be issued with log   in details for this website    

 

Curriculum in Year 11

Name of course and board: GCSE French (9-1) / GCSE Spanish (9-1) (Edexcel)

Method of external assessment: 100% exam 

Students will sit four exams at the end of the two-year course. The examination board is Edexcel. Candidates will be entered for writing, speaking, reading and listening examinations. Each is worth 25%.

There are two exam tiers, Foundation (grades 1-5) and Higher (grades 4- 9).

Students’ progress in all four skills is monitored and supported throughout the course.

Students further develop their skills in understanding written and spoken French or Spanish and in actively using the language to speak and write.  They are expected to have and discuss their opinion on a wide range of current topics in French or Spanish.

They continue to develop a wide range of language learning techniques, which will aid them in learning across the curriculum and with any language they may choose or need to study in the future.

We broadly follow the Studio (French) Viva (Spanish) series and over the course of the two years we cover the following topic areas:

Theme 1: Identity & Culture  

Theme 2 Local Area, Holiday and Travel   

Theme 3: School 

Theme 4: Future Aspirations, Study and Work 

Theme 5: International and Global Dimension 

 

How we assess:

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Overview 

 

Students will be assessed in three skills areas: Listening, Reading and Writing. 

 

Speaking will be assessed informally in class.

 

Full Mock exam (including speaking) Official GCSE exam 
Content

Spanish

Themes 4 and 5

 

French

Themes 4 and 5

 

All themes 

 

How can parents help?

  •  Encourage your child to learn vocabulary little and often and ensure they   are completing their learning homework
  •  Encourage your child to watch age appropriate television programmes in   Spanish / French
  •  Encourage your child to use mobile phone apps / websites to practise   vocabulary, for example, Language Nut.  All students will be issued with log   in details for this website  

 

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” 

“Without language, one cannot talk to people and understand them; one cannot share their hopes and aspirations, grasp their history, appreciate their poetry or savour their songs.” 

Nelson Mandela

Websites:

https://www.memrise.com
https://www.linguascope.com
https://www.wordreference.com
https://www.languagenut.com 
 

Additional Resources:

Recommended revision guides and workbooks for both languages are available to purchase for £2 each from our Parent Pay app.