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Learning Director
Mr Thiam -


Faculty Introduction:

Year 7 Taster:

Each student will spend half a term discovering and enjoying the benefits of each language. At the end of February half term, students and parents will receive a letter asking parents to have a discussion with their child in order to support/advise/help the student choose the language or languages which he or she would like to continue learning up to GCSE or further.

Topics / Modules to be covered:

  • Alphabet + Greetings
  • Numbers
  • Birthday (days of the week + months)
  • Countries + nationalities.

Year 7 from February Half Term

  • Family members + descriptions + colours + pets
  • Home ( rev. countries + places in town + weather + directions)
  • (End of year project on Festivals)

Assessment:

Students will be assessed in the 4 language skills: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing.

They will be formally assessed on each skill once a term, in addition to regular smaller assessed tasks throughout the term. They will also have regular vocabulary tests to check their recall of new language learnt.

Homework:

Students will have a homework booklet issued at the start of the year, which will contain a variety of tasks for all topics. The teacher will set tasks from this booklet as homework. It is the student’s responsibility to look after this booklet. Teachers will also set vocabulary learning as homework, ready for vocabulary tests the following lesson. Students should be receiving a piece of homework every week.

Enhancement & Enrichment Activities:

There are a variety enhancement options available in languages. There are options for students who speak another language (i.e. Polish, Italian etc.) to gain early GCSE’s in those subjects. Gifted and talented students will be offered enrichment sessions where they can gain further insight into language learning and culture. Trips are an important part of language learning, and they will be run each year to France, Germany or Spain.


Faculty Introduction:

In Year 8, students will have chosen which of their two languages they would like to carry on with, with two lessons a week for that language. They will continue to develop their language skills, and the extra time will allow them to progress further in their learning. They will also be able to engage more with the target country, deepening their understanding of the world.

Topics / Modules to be covered:

  • Free time activities + hobbies (reinforce weather)
  • Food and drink
  • Customs (End of year project)

Assessment:

Students will be assessed in the 4 language skills: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. They will be formally assessed on each skill once a term, in addition to regular smaller assessed tasks throughout the term. They will also have regular vocabulary tests to check their recall of new language learnt.

Homework:

Students will have a homework booklet issued at the start of the year, which will contain a variety of tasks for all topics. The teacher will set tasks from this booklet as homework. It is the student’s responsibility to look after this booklet. Teachers will also set vocabulary learning as homework, ready for vocabulary tests the following lesson. Students should be receiving a piece of homework every week.

Enhancement & Enrichment Activities:

There are a variety enhancement options available in languages. There are options for students who speak another language (i.e. Polish, Italian etc.) to gain early GCSE’s in those subjects. Gifted and talented students will be offered enrichment sessions where they can gain further insight into language learning and culture. Trips are an important part of language learning, and they will be run each year to France, Germany or Spain.


Faculty Introduction:

In Year 9, students will be continuing with their language from year 8, with two lessons a week for that language. They will continue to develop their language skills, and the extra time will allow them to progress further in their learning. They will also be able to engage more with the target country, deepening their understanding of the world through some cultural research. They will be learning more of the skills which will prepare them for GCSE study in languages.

Topics / Modules to be covered:

  • My studies
  • Home + town
  • (Mock from July)

Assessment:

Students will be assessed in the 4 language skills: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. They will be formally assessed on each skill once a term, in addition to regular smaller assessed tasks throughout the term. They will also have regular vocabulary tests to check their recall of new language learnt.

Homework:

Students will have a homework booklet issued at the start of the year, which will contain a variety of tasks for all topics. The teacher will set tasks from this booklet as homework. It is the student’s responsibility to look after this booklet. Teachers will also set vocabulary learning as homework, ready for vocabulary tests the following lesson. Students should be receiving a piece of homework every week.

Enhancement & Enrichment Activities:

There are a variety enhancement options available in languages. There are options for students who speak another language (i.e. Polish, Italian etc.) to gain early GCSE’s in those subjects. Gifted and talented students will be offered enrichment sessions where they can gain further insight into language learning and culture. There will be links set up for electronic exchanges with students from a school in another country. Trips are an important part of language learning, and they will be run each year to France, Germany or Spain.


Faculty Introduction:

At GCSE, students will learn to develop their knowledge of the language and culture across a range of settings. This may include study of the culture and communities other than in the European country where the language is spoken, such as Canada or Chile. Students will continue to develop the 4 language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing. They will have 5 lessons across the two week timetable.

Topics / Modules to be covered:

There are 3 main themes covered in the GCSE course, each containing several sub-topics. These are:

  • Free time + new technologies
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Family + Friends
  • (PPE from July)

Assessment:

Listening - Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language
Written exam: 35 minutes (Foundation Tier), 45 minutes (Higher Tier)
40 marks (Foundation Tier), 50 marks (Higher Tier)
25% of GCSE

Speaking - Communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes
Non-exam assessment
7–9 minutes (Foundation Tier) + preparation time
10–12 minutes (Higher Tier) + preparation time
60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)
25% of GCSE

Reading - Understanding and responding to different types of written language
Written exam: 45 minutes (Foundation Tier), 1 hour (Higher Tier)
60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)
25% of GCSE

Writing - Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes
Written exam: 1 hour (Foundation Tier), 1 hour 15 minutes (Higher Tier)
50 marks at Foundation Tier and 60 marks at Higher Tier
25% of GCSE

Homework:

Art and Design homework is on going, it is set to augment and compliment artist research and completion of practical activities. It is also used to encourage the learners to be independent in their creative understanding.

Enhancement & Enrichment Activities:

There are a variety enhancement options available in languages. There are options for students who speak another language (i.e. Polish, Italian etc.) to gain GCSEs in those subjects. Gifted and talented students will be offered enrichment sessions where they can gain further insight into language learning and culture. Trips are an important part of language learning, and they will be run each year to France, Germany or Spain. Cultural links are also developed with other countries to promote wider cultural understanding.


Faculty Introduction:

At GCSE, students will learn to develop their knowledge of the language and culture across a range of settings. This may include study of the culture and communities other than in the European country where the language is spoken, such as Canada or Chile. Students will continue to develop the 4 language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing. They will have 5 lessons across the two week timetable.

Topics / Modules to be covered:

There are 3 main themes covered in the GCSE course, each containing several sub-topics. These are:

  • Health (recap Food)
  • Environment
  • Revision and Exam prep

Assessment:

Listening - Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language
Written exam: 35 minutes (Foundation Tier), 45 minutes (Higher Tier)
40 marks (Foundation Tier), 50 marks (Higher Tier)
25% of GCSE

Speaking - Communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes
Non-exam assessment
7–9 minutes (Foundation Tier) + preparation time
10–12 minutes (Higher Tier) + preparation time
60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)
25% of GCSE

Reading - Understanding and responding to different types of written language
Written exam: 45 minutes (Foundation Tier), 1 hour (Higher Tier)
60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)
25% of GCSE

Writing - Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes
Written exam: 1 hour (Foundation Tier), 1 hour 15 minutes (Higher Tier)
50 marks at Foundation Tier and 60 marks at Higher Tier
25% of GCSE

Homework:

Art and Design homework is on going, it is set to augment and compliment artist research and completion of practical activities. It is also used to encourage the learners to be independent in their creative understanding.

Enhancement & Enrichment Activities:

There are a variety enhancement options available in languages. There are options for students who speak another language (i.e. Polish, Italian etc.) to gain GCSEs in those subjects. Gifted and talented students will be offered enrichment sessions where they can gain further insight into language learning and culture. Trips are an important part of language learning, and they will be run each year to France, Germany or Spain. Cultural links are also developed with other countries to promote wider cultural understanding.


Faculty Introduction:

At A Level, students will gain a deep and focused knowledge of the language and culture of the target country. Their language skills will develop rapidly through discussion, debate and their own independent research. The focus on the country itself will broaden, and students will be able to delve deeper into the culture through study of a book or film from that country.

Topics / Modules to be covered:

AS Level

  • Media
  • Popular culture
  • Healthy living/lifestyle
  • Family/relationships

A2 Level

  • Study of native book/film
  • Environment/local area
  • Society/social issues

Assessment:

Students will be assessed in the 4 language skills: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. Listening, Reading and Writing in a 2 hour exam at the end of the AS year, worth 70% of AS, 35% of A2. Speaking exam (15 minutes) at end of the AS year, 30% of AS, 15% of A2 Similar exams take place at the end of the A2 year.

Homework:

Students will have their own access to the Kerboodle software we use in lessons. They will be expected to use this to practice vital listening, reading and writing skills throughout the year. They will also be given vocabulary to learn every lesson, as it is crucial to have a wide range of language available to communicate effectively. Independent learning is a very important skill at A Level, students must be able to learn and study on their own, as the course has a lot of content to cover.

Enhancement & Enrichment Activities:

There are a variety enhancement options available in languages. Students are encouraged to research and discover the target country. Links have been sent up with schools and students in the countries, to promote cultural awareness, and students are encouraged to visit these places.

Last updated: 23 Feb 2017