Languages

Staff
  • Head of Department – J Grayston and L Estève-Dixon
  • Spanish Teacher – D Alvarez
  • Foreign Language Assistant – C Fabre

KS3

Overview

At KS3, all students will study French

  • As well as language study, students will learn about French culture and may have the opportunity to practise their spoken French with the Foreign Language Assistant.
  • Throughout each unit the students are assessed in the four skills: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing, as well as Grammar and Vocabulary.
  • Extended Learning tasks will include memorising vocabulary and encouraging students to be creative in their presentation of the language.
  • As well as improving confidence in topic areas and skills, the focus is on securing good pronunciation and understanding of the underlying grammatical concepts.

Year 7

The year 7 course is divided into three termly units, broadly based on the following topics:

  • Talking about themselves
  • Expressing opinions
  • Describing themselves

Each year 7 tutor group will take part in a French Christmas song competition.

Year 8

In year 8 students build on language acquired in year 7 and extend their vocabulary and grammatical understanding, including past and future tenses. By the end of the course many can produce longer sentences and are able to understand longer texts, both written and spoken. The course is divided into three termly units:

  • Free time activities
  • School
  • My local area

KS4

Overview

AQA GCSE French/Spanish

Students opting for French and/or Spanish in Year 9 will follow a three year KS4 course leading to an AQA GCSE qualification. Students are required to understand and provide information and opinions about the following contexts:

  • Lifestyle
  • Leisure
  • Home and Environment
  • Work and Education
Assessment
  • Final, tiered (higher/foundation) exams taken at the end of three years
  • Exams in each skill use a mix of short and longer pieces of language
  • Grading will be by numbers 9-1 rather than by the current letters A*-G (with 9 as the highest grade)
  • The weighting for the four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) will be 25% each

KS5

Overview

OCR A Level French/Spanish

These courses are designed to enable students to understand and communicate confidently in the written and spoken forms of French/Spanish. Most of the source material studied will be contemporary and much of the teaching will be in French/Spanish so that, from the beginning, students must be willing to express their ideas in the foreign language.

Year 12 & 13

The topic areas for the AS specifications are aspects of daily life sub-topics.

The topic areas for the A level specifications are:

  • Social issues and trends: Family, “cyber-society”, voluntary work Positive features of a diverse society, the marginalised, the treatment of criminals, equal rights
  • Political and artistic culture: Heritage, contemporary music, cinema The right to vote, power, immigration
  • Grammar
  • Literary texts and films to be chosen from a specified list