Modern Foreign Languages

Curriculum Offered

All students study a language at KS3 and are allocated to French, German, Spanish or Urdu.  Where possible, we try to capitalise on pupil knowledge from KS2, when allocating to languages.  Our Schemes of Work are very skills focussed and encourage pupils to develop their literacy and understanding of grammar alongside the new content.

Year 7
• Greetings and introductions
• School items
• Family/pets
• Simple descriptions
• School
•  – Opinions on subjects with simple reasons
– Time and timetable
– Descriptions of teachers
• Free time activities (link to Spr1 through theme of after school clubs)
– Opinions on infinitives
• – High frequency verbs in 1st/2nd/3rd person sing
– 2nd tense (future or conditional)
• Food and drink
• Pocket money and shopping
– food at market/restaurant
• – clothes (brief)

Year 8
• Where I live
• My house
• Chores at home
• My town
– directions
– research on TL town
• Holidays
– Weather
• – Countries / transport
– Activities
• Celebrations in TL country
• Healthy living
– QUICK revision of food/drink
– Smoking / drinking /drugs
– Illnesses
– At the doctor
• Media, technology and film
– Curriculum week; film review
Extra Curricular Activities
During curriculum week in the summer, we combine extra curricular ideas with curriculum learning, engaging students in film projects, alien projects and more.  Over the year, opportunities are available to students including: teaching a foreign language at local primary schools, theatre trips, university trips, peer mentoring, German Christmas market trips and other activities in the local area.  Trips are increasingly over-subscribed as pupils value the opportunity to use languages in real life contexts.  In recent years, there have been trips abroad, which we are looking to expand.

Our students often speak one or more additional languages so we enter large cohorts each year for GCSE, AS and A2 in a wide range of languages.  Recent examples include Dutch, Arabic, Portuguese, Bengali, Mandarin Chinese and Italian.

French

What will you learn about?

You will study a wide range of topics, covering issues such as the environment, travel and tourism, the media, hobbies and French culture as well as French literature.

What skills will you develop?

Listening, speaking, reading and writing in French. You will also develop presentation, translation and text analysis skills, among others. Learning a language will help you improve your skills in English.

How will you learn?

You will learn to express your opinions and justify your thoughts on key topics in French.

You will learn how to communicate spontaneously in practical situations in France.

You will write for different purposes and audiences in French: magazine articles, interviews etc.

What will this course help you to do post 16?

If you are successful at GCSE French, you could continue to study French at AS / A2 level. In our multi-cultural society, a language is valuable in many careers. Particular areas where French could be an advantage include tourism, law, business, teaching (primary and secondary) and customer services. 2/3 of employers ‘prefer’ staff with languages skills.

Urdu

What will you learn about?

You will study a wide range of topics, covering issues such as the environment, travel and tourism, the world of work, the media and hobbies. You will also explore literature in Urdu.

What skills will you develop?

Listening, speaking, reading and writing in Urdu. You will also develop presentation, translation and text analysis skills, among others. Learning a language will help you improve your skills in English.

How will you learn?

You will learn to express your opinions and justify your thoughts on key topics in Urdu.

You will learn how to communicate spontaneously in practical situations in Urdu.

You will write for different purposes and audiences in Urdu: magazine articles, interviews etc.

What will this course help you to do post 16?

If you are successful at GCSE Urdu, you could continue to study Urdu at AS / A2 level. In our multi-cultural society, a language is valuable in many careers. Particular areas where Urdu could be an advantage include tourism, law, business, teaching (primary and secondary) and customer services. 2/3 of employers ‘prefer’ staff with languages skills.

Spanish

What will you learn about?

You will study a wide range of topics, including the environment, travel and tourism, the world of work, the media and hobbies. You will also explore Spanish literature.

What skills will you develop?

Listening, speaking, reading and writing in Spanish. You will also develop presentation, translation and text analysis skills, among others. Learning a language will help you improve your skills in English.

How will you learn?

You will learn to express your opinions and justify your thoughts on key topics in Spanish.

You will learn how to communicate spontaneously in practical situations in Spanish.

You will write for different purposes and audiences in Spanish: magazine articles, interviews etc.

What will this course help you to do post 16?

If you are successful at GCSE Spanish, you could continue to study Spanish at AS / A2 level. In our multi-cultural society, a language is valuable in many careers. Particular areas where Spanish could be an advantage include tourism, law, business, teaching (primary and secondary) and customer services. 2/3 of employers ‘prefer’ staff with languages skills.

German

What will you learn about?

You will study a wide range of topics, covering issues such as the environment, travel and tourism, the world of work, the media and hobbies. You will also explore German literature.

What skills will you develop?

Listening, speaking, reading and writing in German. You will also develop presentation, translation and text analysis skills, among others. Learning a language will help you improve your skills in English.

How will you learn?

You will learn to express your opinions and justify your thoughts on key topics in German.

You will learn how to communicate spontaneously in practical situations in German.

You will write for different purposes and audiences in German: magazine articles, interviews etc.

What will this course help you to do post 16?

If you are successful at GCSE German, you could continue to study German at AS / A2 level. In our multi-cultural society, a language is valuable in many careers. Particular areas where German could be an advantage include tourism, law, business, teaching (primary and secondary) and customer services. 2/3 of employers ‘prefer’ staff with languages skills.

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