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Languages

Summary

Year 7 students follow approximately six weeks of each of the three languages through the Autumn term. At February half term students and parents are asked to make their language choice.

French

Students who choose to study French after the rotation study a range of topics in KS3 including self and family, home and environment, free time and technology.  They also learn a range of tenses and grammar points and the skills necessary for language learning; Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing and Translation.

Students have the opportunity to take part in the Year 8 trip to Futuroscope, Poitiers and La Rochelle and also the Year 9 Exchange with Collège André Malraux in Cagnes-sur-Mer near Nice.

German

At KS3 we use the “Echo Express” course book as the basis for our Scheme of Work but supplement the course with many independent materials that are designed to give students a firm grounding in the grammar of the language. As part of our continuous improvement, students can look forward to cooking lessons in German, putting on small plays and reading more authentic texts to prepare for the demands of the new GCSE.

Spanish

Students focus on the foundations of the language such as basic grammar, topic specific vocabulary and the style of questioning used at GCSE level. A great deal of time is spent comparing students own lives to that of Hispanic students of the same age. We have a pen pal system in place in which students communicate with children of the same age in Spain and year 9 also work with Food Technology learning how to cook typical Spanish food, such as paella. 

Summary

French

GCSE French provides a solid foundation for progression to other language studies, including A Level French.  Students gain a strong grounding in a range of tenses and higher level structures as well as a broad spread of vocabulary.

Students have the opportunity to take part in the Year 11 trip to Paris where they not only visit the city but also take part in a variety of language activities.

German

We encourage all of our students to take part in the German Exchange with our partner school in Baden-Wurttemberg, which involves hosting a German partner at the end of Year 10 and then staying with them for a week at the end of the Autumn Term in December.

Spanish

GCSE students are offered a 4-day residential trip to Barcelona with a cultural focus and run alongside Food Technology, attending cookery courses as well as the main touristic attractions the city has to offer. Clinics are provided to support, stretch and challenge students at GCSE level throughout the course and are run weekly during lunch times. 

Course details

French

Students will study 3 topics which are an extension of KS3 topics:

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

TYPICAL ACTIVITIES

  • Reading and listening activities to improve vocabulary and comprehension.
  • Speaking with teacher and peers.
  • Producing different types of written pieces in the target language.
  • Translation activities from and to French.

German

Students will study 3 themes which are an extension of KS3 topics:

Theme 1: Identity and Culture (me, family, friends, technology, free time, customs and festivals).
Theme 2: Local, National, International and Global Areas of Interest (home and local area, global issues including environment, travel and tourism).
Theme 3: Current and Future Study and Employment (school, work experience, further education jobs)

TYPICAL ACTIVITIES

  • Reading and listening activities to improve vocabulary and test comprehension.
  • Speaking with teacher, foreign language assistant and peers.
  • Producing different types of writing pieces in the target language.

Spanish

Students study all of the following themes on which the assessments are based.

Theme 1: Identity and culture.
Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest.
Theme 3: Current and future study and employment.

TYPICAL ACTIVITIES

  • Reading and listening activities to improve vocabulary and comprehension.
  • Speaking with teacher and peers.
  • Producing different types of writing pieces in the target language.

Summary

French

At AS, students study Families and Citizenship, Youth Trends and Personal Identity, Education and Employment Opportunities, Regional Culture and Heritage in France, French-speaking Countries and Communities and Media, Art, Film and Music in the French-speaking World.  As well as these topics, students also complete an in-depth study of the film Intouchables.

German

Students learn about aspects of German-speaking society and artistic culture in the German-speaking world. We offer the opportunity to take part in the German Exchange (see below for further details) as well facilitating work experience in Germany if so desired. We are seeing increasing numbers of external students joining as for A-level German as our reputation as a local centre of excellence grows.

Spanish

AS and A-Level Spanish (AQA Syllabus) is designed to allow students to use their linguistic abilities to discuss, debate and express their own opinions on a variety of topics. Spanish at KS5 is a challenging yet greatly rewarding subject, especially for those students who wish to further study languages after school.

Course details

French

Unit 1: Social Issues and Trends: Students will study three topics within this unit; families and citizenship, youth trends and personal identity and education and employment opportunities

Unit 2: Understanding the French speaking world: For this unit students will study regional culture and heritage in France, media, art, film and music in the French speaking world

Prescribed works: Vercors: Le silence de la Mer (Year 13) and Éric Toledano, Olivier Nakache: Intouchables (Year 12)

Year 13 Only

Unit 3: Diversity and difference: In this unit students will study migration and integration, cultural identity and marginalization, cultural enrichment and difference and discrimination and diversity

Unit 4: France 1940-1950: Students will study June 1940-May 1945, The cultural dimension in occupied France and 1945-1950
 

German

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing: Aspects of German-speaking society
Artistic culture in the German-speaking world

Grammar: Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes (AS) 2 hours 30 minutes (A Level) In Year 13 this paper includes Multiculturalism and Aspects of Political Life as topics

Paper 2: Writing: One text or one film from the lists in the specification (Lola Rennt: Tom Tykwer)
Grammar: Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes (AS) 2 hours (A Level)
In Year 13 you will study the set text (Andorra: Max Frisch) as well

Paper 3: Speaking: AS: One sub-theme from Aspects of German-speaking society and one sub-theme from
Artistic culture in the German-speaking world
A Level: Individual research project
One of four sub-themes i.e. Aspects of German-speaking society or Artistic culture in the German-speaking world or Multiculturalism in German-speaking society or Aspects of political life in German-speaking society
Speaking exam: 12-14 minutes (AS) 21-23 minutes (A Level)

Spanish

Unit 1: Social issues and trends including aspects of Hispanic society such as values, Cyberspace, Equal rights and a focus on multiculturalism in Hispanic society which also comprises Immigration, Racism, Integration. The third aspect of this unit is Grammar.

Unit 2: Political and artistic culture which includes artistic culture in the Hispanic world, modern day idols, regional identity and cultural heritage. The second part of this unit is Aspects of political life in the Hispanic World with the subtopics of  Today’s youth tomorrows’ citizens, Monarchies and dictatorships, Popular movements.

There is also a section which is examined and which has optional content  where students will study one literary text and one film. The film – Volver Pedro Almódovar  and Text - Como Agua Para Chocolate.

Entry Criteria

French: GCSE grade 6 in French

German: GCSE grade 6 in German

Spanish: GCSE grade 6 in Spanish