Modern Foreign Languages

Key Stage 3

The Modern Languages Department has an enthusiastic team who aim to develop the pupils’ abilities to understand French and/or German and to enable them to communicate effectively in foreign language(s).

In Year 7 all pupils are taught French in mixed ability tutor groups. In Year 8 the pupils are divided into two distinct bands and placed in ability sets. All pupils study German for one lesson per week. In Year 9, Set 1 pupils have three lessons of French and three of German each fortnight. Set 2 has 6 lessons of French.

French

In Year 7 the following topics are covered: greetings, the alphabet, nationalities, classroom instructions and objects, numbers 1 to 100, family, pets, colours, likes and dislikes, dates, school subjects, telling the time, adjectives, the present tense, weather, leisure, the home, places in the town, food and drink.

In Year 8 the following topics are covered: the past tense, your day, going out, parts of the body and illness, food and drink, Paris, holidays in France, the future tense and booking a youth hostel.

In Year 9 the following areas are studied: relationships with family and friends, revision of past, present and future tenses, free time and sport, the media, opinions and justifications, home and local area, special occasions celebrated in the home and the imperfect tense.

German

In Year 8 the following areas are covered: greetings, numbers, the alphabet, dates, colours, nationalities, classroom language, personal details, hobbies, sport, appearance, family, pets, places in the town, furniture and the present tense.

In Year 9 the following topics are studied: weather, time, going on holiday, travel, health and illness, daily routine, food and eating out, money, shopping, directions, staying in a German family, celebrations and invitations. There is also revision of the present tense and the introduction of the perfect and future tenses, prepositions and word order.

Children who speak French or German fluently may take their GCSE examination early at the end of Year 9. Pupils who speak another language at home e.g. Chinese are also able to sit their GCSE early.

Key Stage 4

French

Subject French
Examination Board AQA
Specification 8658
Assessment Listening, speaking, reading, writing exams: 25% each
English Baccalaureate Yes

What do pupils need to know or be able to do before taking this course?

Pupils should:

  • have studied French throughout KS3
  • have an understanding of how to form the past, present and future tenses in French
  • be aware that 75% of the world’s population speak no English at all!

Is this course suitable?

Pupils need to be…

  • interested in other cultures
  • willing to contribute in French in lessons
  • keen to learn new vocabulary.

What will pupils learn on this course?

On this course, pupils will:

  • develop and build on their understanding of French grammar.
  • improve their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
  • use a variety of learning resources to develop their language skills.
  • learn the language for real life situations such as Media, Travel and Tourism, Health and Lifestyle, Education and Future career, Home and Environment.

How will pupils be assessed on this course?

Exams – 25% each — Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing (Foundation or Higher)

What kind of work will pupils need to do outside of lessons?

Home learning will involve…

  • learning vocabulary / verbs.
  • completing written tasks.
  • attending individual/small group practices to improve spoken language.
  • completing past papers.

What could pupils go on to do at the end of the course?

  • Continue French at college/university.
  • Live and work abroad.
  • Learn other languages.
  • Use their language skills in international business.
  • Earn a better salary due to language skills.

German

Subject German
Examination Board AQA
Specification 8668
Assessment Listening, speaking, reading, writing exams: 25% each
English Baccalaureate Yes

What do pupils need to know or be able to do before taking this course?

Pupils should…

  • have studied German in Years 8 and 9.
  • have an understanding of how to form the past, present and future tenses in German.
  • be aware that 75% of the world’s population speak no English at all!

Is this course suitable?

Pupils need to be…

  • interested in other cultures.
  • willing to contribute in German in lessons.
  • keen to learn new vocabulary.

What will pupils learn on this course?

On this course, pupils will…

  • develop and build on their understanding of German grammar.
  • improve their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
  • use a variety of learning resources to develop their language skills.
  • learn the language for real life situations such as Media, Travel and Tourism, Health and Lifestyle, Education and Future career, Home and Environment.

How will pupils be assessed on this course?

Exams – 25% each — Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing (Foundation or Higher)

What kind of work will pupils need to do outside of lessons?

Home learning will involve…

  • learning vocabulary / verbs.
  • completing written tasks.
  • attending individual/small group practices to improve spoken language.
  • completing past papers.

What could pupils go on to do at the end of the course?

  • Continue German at college/university.
  • Live and work abroad.
  • Learn other languages.
  • Use their language skills in international business.
  • Earn a better salary due to language skills.