Languages

Welcome to the Languages Department. We are an enthusiastic, committed team of 6 teachers with a passion for teaching Spanish and French. Please find below some information that we hope you will find useful.

Meet the Staff

  • Miss Threlfall (Teacher in charge of MFL)
  • Mr Cosgrove
  • Mrs Mc Kibben
  • Mrs Thomas
  • Mrs M. Tobin

Our Aims

  • To maximise use of the target language.
  • To provide imaginative and creative tasks and activities.
  • To encourage use of ICT.
  • To develop schemes of work which take account of individual needs.
  • To assess progression and continuity.
  • To encourage an appreciation of other cultures and countries.
  • To develop communication skills through pair and group work.
  • To challenge and stimulate.
  • To extend students’ horizons and open up new perspectives.
  • To promote positive attitudes and self esteem.
  • To foster a sense of success and achievement.

Languages at Key stage 3

Students study Spanish in year 7. They then develop and consolidate this language over the course of years 8 and 9.   They study three lessons per week and cover four topics throughout the year, as well as three grammar focus weeks, culture weeks and a Spanish film week. They are assessed at the end of each topic. Students receive one homework per week from the Languages department. These will often be learning homeworks in preparation for vocabulary tests in class. It is crucial for this vocabulary to be thoroughly learnt every week.

We learn through listening, speaking, reading and writing in the foreign language. Languages lessons are very interactive and students enjoy being able to express themselves through games, songs, group work, presentations and pair work, as well as more formal activities, such as matching up exercises, creating Powerpoint presentations, puzzles, memorising short phrases and using the language as much as possible in the classroom. Foreign language skills improve employability, particularly in international business and give people the opportunity to develop their communication skills.

The Curriculum

Year 7 Spanish

  • Topic one: Introduction to the basics – numbers, alphabet, classroom language greetings
  • Topic two: Family and friends
  • Topic three: School and future plans
  • Topic four: Where I live

Year 8 Spanish

  • Topic one: Revision of year 7.  Free time – hobbies, sports, music, TV, film
  • Topic two: Food and eating out
  • Topic three: The environment
  • Topic four: Travel and tourism

Year 9 Spanish & French (GCSE foundation year)

  • Topic one: Revision of years 7 & 8.  Healthy living
  • Topic two: Jobs, careers and the future
  • Topic three: Technology & social media
  • Topic four: Social issues

Assessments

  • Topics one and three – Speaking and Listening (in class) assessments
  • Topics two and four – Reading and writing examinations.
  • Each skill is worth 25%.

To view our Year 7 scheme of work please click here

To view our Year 8 scheme of work please click here

To view our Year 9 scheme of work please click here

GCSE

Choosing to study a GCSE in a language compliments every other GCSE subject. It improves students’ knowledge of their own language which helps students of English Language and Literature, it boosts creativity for those who study Art, it develops problem-solving skills for those who study Science or Maths and helps create a better understanding of other countries and cultures for those who study History or Geography. All of our GCSE students follow the AQA course in the language they have chosen. This is a two-year course, which is broken down into four skill areas: listening, speaking, reading and writing. The course comprises 60% spoken and written coursework and 40% terminal examination (listening and reading) taken at the end of year 11.

The Curriculum

Year 10 Spanish

 

  • Term one – KS3 Revision, Describing People, Relationships with Family & Friends, Transport, Planning a day out, Directions
  • Term two – Work Experience, Current & Future jobs, free time & Media
  • Term three – Holidays, Preparation for end of year exam.

Year 10 Spanish & French

  • Term one – KS3 Revision, Describing People, Relationships with Family & Friends, Transport, Planning a day out, Directions
  • Term two – Work Experience, Current & Future jobs, free time & Media
  • Term three – Holidays, Preparation for end of year exam.

Year 11 Spanish & French

  • Term one – School and Lifestyles
  • Term two – Home & Local Area, The Environment
  • Term three – Exam preparation

Students must prepare four controlled assessments over the two year course, which must be produced from memory for the examination.

Extra curricular classes

  • We run weekly extra curricular classes for our GCSE students as follows.  All welcome:
ClassDayTimeTeacherVenue
How to get an A* in French Monday 3.15-4pm Miss Obi C105
How to get an A* in Spanish Monday 3.15-4pm Mrs Tobin C109
GCSE French revision and controlled assessment catch up Monday 3.15-4pm Miss Threlfall C104
GCSE Spanish revision and controlled assessment catch up Monday 3.15-4pm Mrs Thomas C108

Revision at Home – We encourage all our learners to revise at home. Please find below a list of useful websites.

www.linguascope.com

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www.wordreference.com
www.languagesonline.org.uk