Years 7, 8 and 9
Curriculum Leader: Mr P Ince
During Years 7 and 8, all students study a modern foreign language for four periods a week (either French or German). The opportunity to study a second modern foreign language is introduced in Year 9.
What we learn:
The new curriculum involves the teaching of any modern foreign language and builds on the foundations of language learning laid at Key Stage 2, whether students continue with the same language or take up a new one. Teaching focuses on developing the breadth and depth of students' competence in listening, speaking, reading, writing and translation, based on a sound foundation of core grammar and vocabulary. It enables our students to understand and communicate personal and factual information that goes beyond their immediate needs and interests, developing and justifying points of view in speech and writing, with increased spontaneity, independence and accuracy. It will provide suitable preparation for further study.
Our teaching involves:
Grammar and vocabulary
- identify and use tenses or other structures which convey the present, past, and future as appropriate to the language being studied
- use and manipulate a variety of key grammatical structures and patterns, including voices and moods, as appropriate
- develop and use a wide-ranging and deepening vocabulary that goes beyond immediate needs and interests, allowing students to give and justify opinions and take part in discussion about wider issues
- use accurate grammar, spelling and punctuation
- listen to a variety of forms of spoken language to obtain information and respond appropriately
- transcribe words and short sentences with increasing accuracy
- initiate and develop conversations, coping with unfamiliar language and unexpected responses, making use of important social conventions such as formal modes of address
- express and develop ideas clearly and with increasing accuracy, both orally and in writing
- speak coherently and confidently, with increasingly accurate pronunciation and intonation
- read and show comprehension of original and adapted materials from a range of different sources, understanding the purpose, important ideas and details, and provide an accurate English translation of short, suitable material
- the ability to translate into the foreign language
- read literary texts in the language (such as stories, songs, poems and letters), to stimulate ideas, develop creative expression and expand understanding of the language and culture
- write prose using an increasingly wide range of grammar and vocabulary, write creatively to express ideas and opinions, and translate short written text accurately into the foreign language
Topics studied include: numbers and the alphabet; days and months; going back to school; facts about France/Germany; dictionary skills; Christmas in France/Germany; where you live; after school activities; where German is spoken; asking for and giving directions; ordering drinks and snacks; life in Paris/Berlin; describing your home and where you live.
Topics studied include: saying what you did at the weekend; talking about the weather; talking about TV programmes; foods you like and dislike; buying food; talking about holidays.
Students in sets 1 and 2 begin the GCSE course and study the topics of the family, their local environment, school and future plans, hobbies and French/German festivals. Students in other groups study for the Foundation Certificate of Secondary Education (FCSE), an internally assessed module-based award which is accredited by the AQA examination board. Students who study for the FCSE cover the same topics as the GCSE and are welcome to take the language as a GCSE option in Year 10.