Curriculum

Curriculum

Modern Languages

Department Staff

Mrs C Palk                     Subject Leader for Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

Mrs B McGrail               Assistant Subject Leader for MFL

Mrs A Martin                 Teacher of MFL

Mrs B Shilton                 Teacher of MFL

Mrs S Usher                   Teacher of MFL

Introduction to Key Stage 3 Languages

Languages taught at Key Stage 3 are French and German. Our philosophy is to help students develop their use of these languages for practical purposes and to help them develop an appreciation of languages, other cultures and of language learning in general.

We believe in an oral approach, with lessons largely conducted in the foreign language, supported by careful study and practice of grammar and vocabulary.

We aim to develop the skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing through a wide range of activities including: oral work, group and pair work, vocabulary learning, role-plays, listening to and watching recorded material, playing language games, using interactive whiteboards, memorising talks and writing compositions.

Topics students will study

French

Year 7

  • Personal Information
  • School
  • Hobbies
  • Where I Live
  • Holidays

Year 8

  • New Technologies
  • A Holiday in Paris
  • My identity
  • Describing my House and Routines
  • My Future Plans

 German

Year 7

  • Personal Information
  • School
  • Family
  • Hobbies
  • Where I Live

Year 8

  • Holidays
  • Food and Shopping
  • Health
  • Making arrangements
  • An Exchange

Year 9

In Year 9, all students will follow the AQA FCSE Course. They will sit an exam for this qualification in French or German. Topics for both subjects include:

  • Holidays
  • Health and Fitness
  • Home Life

How students will be assessed

In Years 7 and 8, students will be tested in all four areas (listening, reading, speaking and writing) at the end of the first term. There will be a second assessment in listening and reading by Easter and then a second assessment in writing and speaking by the end of the summer term.

In Year 9, one topic will be assessed in each term. Students will also sit the AQA FCSE examinations.

Extra-curricular activities and educational visits

The department runs trips to both France and Germany for a group of students in Year 8.

The opportunity to have Mandarin Chinese lessons is also available to students at Key Stage 3.

Each year, students in Year 7 participate in activities for European Languages Day.

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