MFL

Head of Department: Mrs T Bevan

Lower School

Outline of Subject

Languages open up a world of opportunity and helps you to better understand you own language.  Students study French, German or Spanish as their first foreign language within tutor groups in Year 7 before being loosely set in Year 8.  In Year 9, some students in the higher sets will have the opportunity to begin a second foreign language to study alongside their first, prior to choosing to take one or both through to GCSE level.  Language lessons focus on four skill areas; listening, speaking, reading and writing.  Students become familiar with the sounds, written form and some grammatical rules.

French

Head of French and 2i/c MFL - Mrs B Newton

Skill Development  

Integral to successful language learning is an understanding of and an ability to apply grammar.  In the lower school, students gradually acquire different tenses and structures to enable them to speak and write increasingly independently.  We also focus on pronunciation and intonation along with developing listening and reading skills.  Translation to and from French will be practised in light of the demands of the current GCSE specification.  Different aspects of French culture and history are also explored.

Assessment Styles

Teachers assess student progress as part of the normal teaching process.  Additionally, there will be more formal testing at the end of some units of work.  We encourage students to address their weaknesses through the setting of targets.  Home learning tasks include learning vocabulary and grammar, written work, reading activities and using the internet to research information / consolidate and enhance learning through the use of recommended websites. 

Additional Information

Access to a dictionary is useful.  Additional practice on the websites we subscribe to are always beneficial.  There is also an opportunity to take part in an Exchange to the Dordogne in Year 9.

German

Head of Lower School German - Mrs S Thompson

Skill Development  

Integral to successful language learning is an understanding of and an ability to apply grammar.  In the lower school, students gradually acquire different tenses and structures to enable them to speak and write increasingly independently.  We also focus on pronunciation and intonation along with developing listening and reading skills.  Translation to and from German will be practised in light of the demands of the current GCSE specification.  The cultures of German speaking countries are also explored.

Assessment Styles

Teachers assess student progress as part of the normal teaching process.  Additionally, there will be more formal testing at the end of some units of work.  We encourage students to address their weaknesses through the setting of targets.  Home learning tasks include learning vocabulary and grammar, written and reading activities and using the internet to research information / consolidate and enhance learning through the use of recommended websites. 

Additional Information

Access to a dictionary is useful.  Additional practice on the websites we subscribe to is always beneficial.  There is an opportunity to go on an exchange trip to the Stuttgart area in Year 9.

Spanish

Head of MFl and Head of Spanish - Mrs T Bevan

Skill Development  

Integral to successful language learning is an understanding of and an ability to apply grammar.  In the lower school, students gradually acquire different tenses and structures to enable them to speak and write increasingly independently.  We also focus on pronunciation and intonation along with developing listening and reading skills.  Translation to and from Spanish will be practised in light of the demands of the current GCSE specification.  Different Hispanic cultures are also explored.

Assessment Styles

Teachers assess student progress as part of the normal teaching process.  Additionally, there will be more formal testing at the end of some units of work.  We encourage students to address their weaknesses through the setting of targets.  Home learning tasks include learning vocabulary and grammar, written and reading activities and using the internet to research information / consolidate and enhance learning through the use of recommended websites. 

Additional Information

Access to a dictionary is useful.  Additional practice on the websites we subscribe to us always beneficial.  There is an opportunity to go on a residential trip to Barcelona in Year 9 with the trip being launched at the end of Year 8.

Upper School

French

Head Of Department (French) Mr B. Newton

Exam Board: AQA

Outline of Subject

You will continue to develop your foreign language knowledge and skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing.  You will also increase your knowledge of grammar, enabling you to be more creative with language and learn more about countries where French is spoken.  This course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to continue to study the language at a higher level e.g. as an AS / A level.  There are many university degree courses in which a language can be combined with a wide range of other subjects.  Even if you do not choose to pursue your language studies beyond GCSE, your knowledge of a foreign language should make any visit to a country where it is spoken a more enjoyable and satisfying experience.

Course Content

Skill Development

Learning a language encompasses a wide variety of skills.  You will improve your memory and communication techniques.  You will develop analytical skills and extend your knowledge of how to apply rules.  You will also improve your abilities to complete various different types of listening, speaking, reading and writing tasks, including translation.

Assessment

All four skill areas will be assessed at the end of Year 11.  Students will be entered at either Foundation or Higher Tier. Please be aware that they cannot mix tiers of entry across the skill areas.

Foundation Tier exams (Higher Tier in italics)

Listening: 35 minutes (45 minutes) with questions in English and the target language

Speaking: 7-9 minutes (10-12 minutes) + 12 minutes of preparation time

Reading: 45 minutes (60 minutes) with questions in English and the target language + translation from the target language

Writing: 60 minutes (four sentences about a photo, short passage, translation into the target language, written task of approximately 90 words with a choice of two questions) (75 minutes) (written task of approximately 90 words with a choice of two questions, written task of approximately 150 words with a choice of two questions, translation into the target language)

Additional Information

* Students will be offered the opportunity to take part in a residential trip to Paris.

* Students will be provided with a complete list of vocabulary and grammar to assist them in their independent learning.  

* Access to a bilingual dictionary is highly beneficial.

German

Head Of Department (German) Mrs S Thompson

Exam Board: AQA

Outline of Subject

You will continue to develop your foreign language knowledge and skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing.  You will also increase your knowledge of grammar, enabling you to be more creative with language and learn more about countries where German is spoken.  This course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to continue to study the language at a higher level e.g. as an AS / A level.  There are many university degree courses in which a language can be combined with a wide range of other subjects.  Even if you do not choose to pursue your language studies beyond GCSE, your knowledge of a foreign language should make any visit to a country where it is spoken a more enjoyable and satisfying experience.

Course Content

Skill Development

Learning a language encompasses a wide variety of skills.  You will improve your memory and communication techniques.  You will develop analytical skills and extend your knowledge of how to apply rules.  You will also improve your abilities to complete various different types of listening, speaking, reading and writing tasks, including translation.

Assessment

All four skill areas will be assessed at the end of year 11.  Students will be entered at either Foundation or Higher tier but cannot mix tiers of entry across the skill areas.

Foundation tier exams Higher tier in italics

Listening 35 minutes 45 minutes with questions in English and the target language

Speaking 7-9 minutes 10-12 minutes + 12 minutes preparation time

Reading 45 minutes 60 minutes with questions in English and the target language and translation from the target language

Writing 60 minutes (four sentences about a photo, short passage, translation into the target language, written task of approximately 90 words with a choice of two questions) 75 minutes (written task of approximately 90 words with a choice of two questions, written task of approximately 150 words with a choice of two questions, translation into the target language)

Additional Information

There is the opportunity to take part in the trip to Cologne and the Rhineland in Year 10 or 11. Our visit to Germany overlaps with the Easter holidays. Students will be provided with a complete list of vocabulary and grammar to assist them in their independent learning.   Access to a bilingual dictionary is highly beneficial.

Spanish

Head Of Department Mrs T Bevan

Exam Board: AQA

Outline of Subject

You will continue to develop your foreign language knowledge and skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing.  You will also increase your knowledge of grammar, enabling you to be more creative with language and learn more about countries where Spanish is spoken.  This course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to continue to study the language at a higher level e.g. as an AS / A level.  There are many university degree courses in which a language can be combined with a wide range of other subjects.  Even if you do not choose to pursue your language studies beyond GCSE, your knowledge of a foreign language should make any visit to a country where it is spoken a more enjoyable and satisfying experience.

Course Content

Skill Development

Learning a language encompasses a wide variety of skills.  You will improve your memory and communication techniques.  You will develop analytical skills and extend your knowledge of how to apply rules.  You will also improve your abilities to complete various different types of listening, speaking, reading and writing tasks, including translation.

Assessment

All four skill areas will be assessed at the end of year 11.  Students will be entered at either Foundation or Higher tier but cannot mix tiers of entry across the skill areas.

Foundation tier exams Higher tier in italics

Listening 35 minutes 45 minutes with questions in English and the target language

Speaking 7-9 minutes 10-12 minutes + 12 minutes preparation time

Reading 45 minutes 60 minutes with questions in English and the target language and translation from the target language

Writing 60 minutes (four sentences about a photo, short passage, translation into the target language, written task of approximately 90 words with a choice of two questions) 75 minutes (written task of approximately 90 words with a choice of two questions, written task of approximately 150 words with a choice of two questions, translation into the target language)

Additional Information

There is the opportunity to take part in the Spanish exchange in Year 10.  (Our visit to our exchange school, in San Sebastian, overlaps with May half-term.)

Students will be provided with a complete list of vocabulary and grammar to assist them in their independent learning.   Access to a bilingual dictionary is highly beneficial.

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