Languages

Key Stage 4

Students will have two lessons per week. The KS4 course will enable students to broaden and deepen their knowledge in all four language skills, leading to a GCSE (AQA board). We continue to use the Studio and Viva courses (GCSE level, at both Higher and Foundation tiers) for French and Spanish respectively.

The KS4 GCSE French Curriculum

  Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Autumn Term 1 Identity and culture (Me, my family and friends: Relationships with family and friends; Marriage/ partnership) Local, national, international and global areas of interest (Home, town, neighbourhood and region) Current and future study and employment (Life at school/ college)
Autumn Term 2 Identity and culture (Free time activities: Music; cinema and TV; food and eating out; sport) Local, national, international and global areas of interest (Social issues: charity/ voluntary work) Current and future study and employment (Education post-16)
Spring Term 1 Identity and culture (Technology in everyday life: Social media; mobile technology) (Customs and festivals in French-speaking countries/ communities) Local, national, international and global areas of interest (Global issues: Poverty/homelessness)

 

Current and future study and employment (Jobs, career choices and ambitions)
Spring Term 2 Identity and culture (As above and prep for Yr 9 exams) Local, national, international and global areas of interest (Global issues: The environment) Exam Practice
Summer Term 1 Local, national, international and global areas of interest (Social issues: healthy and unhealthy living) Current and future study and employment (My studies) Exam Practice/Exams
Summer Term 2 Local, national, international and global areas of interest (Travel and tourism) Revision; Review; Grammar, vocabulary & skills development

 

The KS4 GCSE Spanish Curriculum

  Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Autumn Term 1 Identity and culture – skills dev (Free time, sports and hobbies) Local area, holiday and travel (Town, region and country) Future aspirations, study and work (Work)
Autumn Term 2 Identity and culture – skills dev (Youth culture) School (What school is like) International and global dimension (Bringing the world together)
Spring Term 1 Identity and culture (Who am I? ) School (School activities) International and global dimension (Environmental issues)
Spring Term 2 Identity and culture (Daily Life) Future aspirations, study and work (Using languages beyond the classroom) Exam Practice
Summer Term 1 Local area, holiday and travel (Where I live) Future aspirations, study and work (Ambitions) Exam Practice/ Exams
Summer Term 2 Local area, holiday and travel

(Holidays)

Revision; Review; Grammar, vocabulary & skills development

 

Assessments:

25% Listening exam in May of Year 11

25% Speaking exam in April/ May of Year 11

25% Reading exam in May of Year 11

25% Writing exam in May of Year 11

See Assessment Overviews at the link here.

SOME IDEAS FOR EXTENDED SUPPORT AT HOME:

  • Test students on new vocabulary (students usually have a weekly vocabulary test in Key Stage 4)
  • Encourage them to respond in French/Spanish at home, even if you are speaking in English
  • Encourage siblings to practise their languages together
  • Consider allowing students to take part in school trips abroad or to arrange trips as a family
  • On family holidays encourage students to make contact with foreign youngsters to practise the language
  • Use the internet for language games
  • For French, sign up to the French penpal programme (Mrs Demaude will give you details)
  • Alternatively, consider finding a French/Spanish pen-pal through Facebook or Twitter
  • Buy a French/Spanish dictionary for use with homework
  • Encourage students to attend extra speaking classes in school
  • Ensure students keep to homework deadlines
  • Access websites such as: activiscope.com (u/n: stlawren; p/w: stlawren) and www.pearsonactivelearn.com (u/n: student’s computer logon; p/w:academy1)