Welcome to Modern Foreign Languages

FRENCH

Year 7 

Students follow the French schemes of work published by Oxford press and based on the new textbook Allez 1. The revised curriculum offers a lot of opportunities for students to learn about the cultural aspect of the language, such as traditions in France. But it also allows students to find out about cross-curricular aspects of the language learning, such as the history and the geography of France. The students will also reinforce some aspects of what they learnt at KS2 but mainly, they will cover new themes such as home life, their living environment, daily routine, school life and also free time activities.

Key Topics

  • personal information
  • physical appearance and personality
  • family
  • school life
  • food
  • Local area

We aim to develop students’ confidence and fluency in French and to develop their comprehension skills (grammar), forming a sound basis for further study at KS4 and beyond. We also want to make students aware of other cultures around them and therefore create a tolerant and positive attitude towards other cultures. French also contributes to the key skills of ICT, communication, numeracy and literacy, working with others, problem solving, thinking skills and citizenship.

Students are rewarded not only for the quality of their work but also their effort and their contribution to the lessons. We also encourage students to reflect on their work and how to improve their own learning and performance.

French Homework is set very ½ term, in line with the year 7 Homework policy.

It can be a project or a booklet to complete that covers the topic students are learning in their lessons.  The homework projects will also allow students to use their Knowledge creatively and independently.

 Year 8

All students follow the French schemes of work published by Oxford United press and based on the textbooks Allez 1 and Allez 2. The offers engaging and motivating materials for every learner. Teachers will also differentiate the syllabus to make it accessible to all students. Finally the course is designed to develop independent learning skills.

We aim to

  • Develop their confidence and fluency in French.
  • Develop their comprehension skills (grammar), forming a sound basis for further study at KS4 and beyond.
  • Develop their awareness of other cultures around them and create a tolerant and positive attitude towards other cultures.

They will cover the following topics

  • Clothes
  • Hobbies (likes and dislikes)/ weekend activities/ sport and leisure
  • Daily life
  • France and other countries ( Francophone countries)
  • Technology
  • Issues for teenagers
  • Holidays
  • Jobs and ambitions

They will reinforce/develop the following grammar points

  • Present tense
  • The future tense
  • The perfect tense

German

Year 8

In year 8 some students follow a foundation course in German which provides a sound basis for further study at KS4 and beyond.  The course content and aims are very similar to French and as before, students need a bilingual German-English dictionary if they are to be able to complete homework tasks satisfactorily.

Year 9

Most students will start the GCSE French course based on EDEXCEL syllabus and they will follow the French schemes of work based on the EXPO 4 course. Teachers will differentiate the syllabus to make it accessible to all students.

  • We want the students to understand the requirements of the French/ German new GCSE course.
  • We aim to develop students’ confidence and fluency in French and to develop their comprehension skills, forming a sound basis for further study at KS4 and beyond.
  • We aim to increase students’ confidence about their linguistic skills and hopefully choose a language at KS4.
  • Reading , writing, speaking, listening and translating are key skills they will need to use and develop with confidence at KS4 and therefore will be regularly assessed throughout Year 9.

In Year 9 some students follow a foundation course in German which provides a sound basis for further study at KS4 and beyond.  The course content and aims are very similar to French and as before, students need a bilingual German-English dictionary if they are to be able to complete homework tasks satisfactorily.

Course Content

  • Grammar skills acquired at KS3 will be revisited, reinforced and improved, as well as new ones
  • During the 2 years course you will reinforce and develop some topics covered at KS3, but also learn about new themes.
  • Questions across all four language skills are set in common, covering a range of relevant contemporary and cultural themes:
  1. Identity and culture
  2. Local area, holiday, travel
  3. School
  4. Future aspirations, study and work
  5. International and global dimension

Assessments

All four language skills assessed: speaking (25%), reading (25%), listening (25%) and writing (25%)

  • All 4 skills assessed through end of year 11 final exams.
  • Foundation and higher tiers of entry

Resources

Homework

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