Modern Foreign Languages

French

What you will be studying?

This is a challenging course which builds on students’ experiences of having learnt French at Middle School and is a solid preparation for starting French GCSE in Year 10.  5 units are covered throughout the year which include the following topics that are relevant to young people and will inspire them to want to communicate in both the spoken and written form;

  • Unit 1 – Talking about social media, making arrangements to go out and describing a concert or a music event.
  • Unit 2 – Discussing sport and healthy living, making plans to get fit and describing your level of fitness.
  • Unit 3 – Describing your plans for the future; jobs you might like to do, the importance of speaking a language.
  • Unit 4 – Discussing holidays; past and future plans and planning a visit to a tourist attraction.
  • Unit 5 – Exploring the issue of your rights, saying what is important to you and what makes you happy.

How you will be assessed?

Students will complete a baseline assessment during the first few weeks of term so that individual levels can be determined. Throughout Year 9 students are assessed in the 4 skill areas of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing.  2 skill areas are covered each half term and it is anticipated that the style and level of challenge of these assessments will enable students to feel confident to begin the GCSE course in Year 10.

A final general comment, e.g.  progression to GCSE and A Level/BTEC, any trips/visits/clubs, enjoyment etc.

In the light of our successful trip to Barcelona we plan to offer a French equivalent since this would offer students a fabulous incentive to continue to develop their language skills whilst learning more about French culture.  Workshops are offered to students after school in order to support preparation for writing and speaking controlled assessments and our gifted and talented programme has provided students with the opportunity to be language leaders working with students from our feeder schools on Community Day.

Spanish

What you will be studying?

This is an introductory course for Spanish but one that should prepare you for starting Spanish GCSE in Year 10 if you wish to continue with the language further which is something that many students do.  6 units are covered throughout the year which include the following topics;

  • Unit 1 – Introducing yourself, numbers and dates, the alphabet, describing your classroom.
  • Unit 2 – Talking about school subjects and what you do in lessons, describing your teachers and your timetable.
  • Unit 3 – Talking about your family and pets, describing yourself and others.
  • Unit 4 – Describing where you live and your daily routine.
  • Unit 5 – Saying what you do in your free time and what you plan to do.
  • Unit 6 – Saying what your town is like, making and responding to invitations and describing the weather.

How you will be assessed?

Students are assessed in the 4 skill areas of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing.  2 skill areas are covered each half term and it is anticipated that although levels may be lower than other subjects during the first part of the year when students are just beginning the course, progress will be rapid and students will feel confident to begin the GCSE course in Year 10.

A final general comment, e.g.  progression to GCSE and A Level/BTEC, any trips/visits/clubs, enjoyment etc.

We offer a trip to Barcelona in Year 10 which offers both a fabulous incentive for students to continue with Spanish beyond this initial experience and the opportunity for students to develop their language skills whilst learning more about Spanish culture.  Workshops are offered to students after school in order to support preparation for writing and speaking controlled assessments and our gifted and talented programme has provided students with the opportunity to watch Spanish films, learn flamenco dancing and take part in a Spanish version of Masterchef.