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French Department Information

 

Languages are part of the cultural richness of our society and the world in which we live and work. Learning languages contributes to mutual understanding, a sense of global citizenship and personal fulfilment. The ability to understand and communicate in another language is a lifelong skill for education, employment and leisure in this country and throughout the world, therefore French is part of our core curriculum throughout the school.

Year 7 and Year 8

By the end of KS3 students will be familiar with basic skills and language and will already have covered some of the topics from the GCSE syllabus. The students will explore topics in the four skills groups; listening, reading, speaking and writing. Students will be assessed on each skills area during their lesson time and they will build on their writing skills at the end of each topic by working up our skills ladder. There will be short homework exercises every week, which will include learning vocabulary.

Year 9

Students will build on the listening, reading, speaking and writing skills that they have acquired in Key Stage 3. They will improve their confidence in speaking the language and form a sound basis for the study of languages at GCSE level and beyond. Students will revise Key Stage 3 work and build on developing their responses to both spoken and written language by focussing on the following topics:

  • Personal information
  • Physical descriptions
  • Family
  • Parents’ occupation
  • School life
  • Home and local area including descriptions
  • Routines within the home
  • Roles within the family household
  • Free time activities
  • Celebrations at home
  • Past holidays
  • Future holidays
  • Ideal holidays
  • Future plans for education
  • Future plans for work

Students are expected to practise their listening and interpreting skills by translating extracts that they hear.

Students will incorporate role play into the topics and create scenarios whereby they will develop their understanding of the language in order to solve problems.

Students will also look at phonics and making the links between the written and the spoken word. They will practise reading a variety of texts and listen to authentic material in order to improve their fluency and intonation.

Year 10 / Year 11 GCSE (Two Year Course – AQA)

Year 10 and 11 – 3 lessons per week

Students study the new AQA French 9-1 GCSE. they will be examined in all 4 skills:

  • Listening – 25%
  • Speaking – 25%
  • Reading – 25%
  • Writing – 25%
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    There are 3 main themes:

  • Identity and Culture
  • Local, national, international and global areas of interest
  • Current and future stufy and employment
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    There will be a focus on:

  • Independence and interaction in all skills
  • A deeper understanding of how language works
  • Applying language in personal, academic and employment-related context
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    Students will build upon the listening, reading, speaking and writing skills that they have acquired in Key Stage 3 and they will complete the GCSE qualification in two years.
    Homework will be set regularly in the form of learning vocabulary, practising writing and speaking skills and working on examination technique.

  • KS3 revision – numbers, hobbies, time, clothes, school, food and countries
  • Food – healthy eating
  • Wellbeing – stress, sleep, relax
  • Exercise – hobbies, sports
  • Tobacco
  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Pollution
  • Planet in danger
  • The environment and my town
  • Festivals and celebrations
  • My house
  • Where I live – Local area
  • Comparing geographical areas
  • Free time at home
  • Leisure activities
  • Family
  • Relationships with others
  • Adolescent problems
  • Bullying and peer pressure
  • Future plans
  • Planning controlled assessment
  • Revision of school subjects/opinion/teachers
  • Describing your school -buildings/facilities
  • School life, uniform and rules
  • Primary school and comparison to current school
  • Future plans in relation to school
  • Examination style questions in speaking, listening reading and writing skills
  • Types of holiday
  • Revision of transport
  • Accommodation
  • Holiday plans
  • Activities on holiday
  • Where did you go on your last holiday?
  • Where are you going on your next holiday?
  • Money and shopping
  • Fashion
  • New technology
  • Current and future jobs
  • World of work
  • Equality
  • Racism
  • Poverty
  • Revision of KS4 topics
  • Practising past examination questions
  • Synonym and synonymous phrases activities
  • Patterns within the language to help work out unknown vocabulary
  • Regular use of past examination questions. Regular assessment of writing and speaking skills. Examination style reading/listening questions.

    Useful links and advice

    • Duolingo
    • Quizlet
    • Word reference
    • Mind snacks
    • Flash sticks
    • BBC Bitesize
    • YouTube (Spanish music/ vloggers/ TV and film clips)
    • Pearson Active Learn
    • Memrise
    • Conjugation nation
    • Vocab battle
    • Language gym
    • lyrics training

     

    Departmental Staff

    Extra Curricular Clubs

      KS3 French Club – Wednesday 2:30-3:30pm

     
     

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    Spanish Department Information

     

    Spanish is currently being phased out of the curriculum and is only studied in Year 11.  It explores a wide range of topics in the four main skills; listening, reading, writing and speaking. Students are encouraged to express themselves with increasing fluency in contexts with real life application.
     

    Year 10 and 11 – 3 lessons per week

     

    Students study the new AQA Spanish GCSE. They will be examined in all 4 skills:

  • Listening – 25%
  • Speaking – 25%
  • Reading – 25%
  • Writing – 25%
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    (Oral exams will be conducted by the teacher but externally assessed)

     

    There are 3 main themes:

  • Identity and Culture
  • Local, national ,international and global areas of interest
  • Current and future study and employment
  •  

    There will be a focus on:

  • Independence and interaction in all skills
  • A deeper understanding of how language works
  • Applying language in personal, academic and employment-related contexts
  •  

    Useful links and advice

    • Duolingo
    • Quizlet
    • Word reference
    • Mind snacks
    • Flash sticks
    • BBC Bitesize
    • Youtube (Spanish music/ vloggers/ TV and film clips)
    • Pearson Active Learn
    • Memrise
    • Conjugation nation
    • Vocab battle

    Other ideas:

    • Use Spanish music, film, TV, books, newspapers and magazines
    • Change phone, computer and social media settings to Spanish
    The Brayton Academy