Modern Foreign Languages

French KS3 Outline
Examination board AQA

General Information:

We provide a thorough grounding in the French language, so that students learn to speak and write with confidence. Reading and listening skills are developed through exposure to a wide range of materials in the target language. The programme of study is based on the Tricolore books in Key stage 3, and is supplemented by other resources and materials which enable students to appreciate and use the language in a range of contexts. Girls enter the school with different language learning experiences and these are well catered for within our curriculum, so that everyone is able to build on prior learning. There are also many opportunities to develop cultural awareness as well as ICT skills throughout the course. From year nine onwards students begin work at GCSE level and start to build up the knowledge and skills necessary for Key Stage Four work.

Scheme of Work at Key Stage 3
Term
Year 7
Year 8
Year 9
1
Greetings and where I live In Town.
Making plans
Welcome to Paris
2
At home and animals Daily Routine.
At home with my family
Work
3
What do you like to do? Eating out A trip to a theme park
4
A town in France.
A school day
Travel French around the world. Project on Quebec
5
Food and Drink.
Revision
Healthy living
Revision
In good shape
Revision
6
End of year Exams
Sports and Leisure
End of year Exams
Pastimes and hobbies
End of year Examinations
Holidays

French KS4 Outline
GCSE French
Examination board: AQA

Course Components

French GCSE consists of four equally weighted papers:

Paper one: Listening (45 minutes).
Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language.
Paper two: Speaking (12 minutes plus preparation time).
Communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes.
This exam has three sections:

  • Role-play – 2 minutes
  • Photo card – 2 minutes
  • General conversation -  5–7 minutes

Paper three: Reading (60 minutes).
Understanding and responding to different types of written language
This exam has three sections:

  • Questions in English, answered in English or non-verbally
  • Questions in French, answered in French or non-verbally
  • Translation from French into English

Paper four: Writing (75 minutes).
Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes.
This exam has three sections:

  • Structured writing task approx. 90 words
  • Open-ended writing task approx. 150 words
  • Translation from English into French

GCSE French Scheme of work

Term
Year 10
Year 11
1
Me, My family and friends Global issues and trends including the environment
2
Technology in everyday life Travel and tourism
3
Free time activities School and Education
4
Customs and festivals in French Speaking countries Jobs, career choices and ambitions
5
Home, town, neighbourhood and region Revision
6
Social issues Examinations

French KS5 Outline
A-Level French
Examination board: AQA

Course Components

Paper 1- French society and culture. (2 hours and 30 mins). 100 marks, 50% of A level.
This paper comprises three sections:

  • Reading
  • Listening
  • Translations both English to Spanish and Spanish to English

Paper 2 – Film and literature. 2 hours. 80 marks, 20% of A level
This paper comprises two essays on the film and book that have been studied
Paper 3 – Speaking. 15 minutes plus 5 minutes’ preparation time. 60 marks, 30% of A level. This paper consists of two sections:

  • Discussion of a stimulus card on one of the key topics studied over the course (5 minutes)
  • Presentation and Q&A on the student’s individual research project (10 minutes)
Term
Year 12
Year 13
1
The changing nature of family An increasingly diverse society and social exclusion
2
The influence of technology Social exclusion
3
Charities and voluntary work Crime and punishment
4
French Cinema - including the in-depth study of a film Political life in France
5
Music in the French speaking world Revision
6

French culture and heritage
A work of French literature

Examinations

Spanish KS3 Outline
Examination board AQA

General Information:

The Key Stage Three course gives an introduction to the language and culture of Spain and Spanish speaking countries. The aim is to develop the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in various practical contexts, as well as to encourage correct grammar usage. We follow the Viva course, supplemented by a range of other relevant materials. Independent learning is encouraged and ICT is an integral part of the teaching of Spanish. From Year 9 onwards students begin work at GCSE level and start to build up the knowledge and skills necessary for Key Stage Four work.

Scheme of Work at Key Stage 3
Term
Year 7
Year 8
Year 9
1
Introducing myself and talking about my life Talking about holidays All the things I like
2
What I like to do in my spare time Using Technology Future Career
3
A School Day Eating out Healthy Lifestyle
4
Talking about my family and friends Going out with friends Human rights
5
Describing my town Talking about summer holiday An adventure in Madrid
6
Spanish Festivals A South American Country Traditions End of year examination and transition to GCSE.

GCSE Spanish
Examination board: AQA

Course Components

Spanish GCSE consists of four equally weighted papers:

Paper one: Listening (45 minutes).
Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language.
Paper two: Speaking (12 minutes plus preparation time).
Communicating and interacting effectively in speech, for a variety of purposes.
This exam has three sections:

  • Role-play – 2 minutes
  • Photo card – 2 minutes
  • General conversation -  5–7 minutes

Paper three: Reading (60 minutes).
Understanding and responding to different types of written language
This exam has three sections:

  • Questions in English answered in English or non-verbally
  • Questions in Spanish answered in Spanish or non-verbally
  • Translation from Spanish into English

Paper four: Writing (75 minutes).
Communicating effectively in writing, for a variety of purposes.
This exam has three sections:

  • Structured writing task approx. 90 word.
  • Open-ended writing task approx. 150 words.
  • Translation from English into Spanish.

GCSE Spanish Scheme of work

Term
Year 10
Year 11
1
Me, My family and friends Global issues and trends including the environment
2
Technology in everyday life Travel and tourism
3
Free time activities School and Education
4
Customs and festivals in Spanish Speaking countries Jobs, career choices and ambitions
5
Home, town, neighbourhood and region Revision
6
Social issues Examinations

A-Level Spanish
Examination board: AQA

Course Components

Paper 1- Spanish society and culture. (2 hours and 30 mins). 100 marks, 50% of A level.
This paper comprises three sections:

  • Reading
  • Listening
  • Translations, both English to Spanish and Spanish to English

Paper 2 – Film and literature. 2 hours. 80 marks, 20% of A level
This paper comprises two essays on the film and book that have been studied
Paper 3 – Speaking. 15 minutes plus 5 minutes’ preparation time. 60 marks, 30% of A level. This paper consists of two sections:

  • Discussion of a stimulus card, on one of the key topics studied over the course (5 minutes)
  • Presentation and Q&A on the student’s individual research project (10 minutes)
Term
Year 12
Year 13
1
The changing nature of family Racism, immigration and integration
2
Cyber society Regional identity and Latin America
3
Equal Rights Today's youth, tomorrow's citizens
4
Spanish Cinema - including the in-depth study of a film Monarchies, dictatorships and populist movements
5
Stars in Spanish popular culture; film, music, fashion Revision
6

Spanish Culture, A work of Spanish Literature.

Examiniations

Japanese KS3 Outline

General Information:

Japanese is only taken by students in year nine and is no longer available to new entrants to the school.

The Japanese curriculum covers the language required to communicate in a variety of everyday situations. Students will learn to read and write the phonetic scripts, hiragana and katakana, and also about 100 Chinese characters or kanji. There is a strong cultural element to the course and students have regular opportunities to learn about modern Japanese society as well as traditional arts such as the tea ceremony, origami and ikebana (flower arranging). The topics covered include personal introductions, and talking about school, hobbies and daily routine. Students learn to read and write hiragana and some katakana. During this year students will also learn to read and write the kanji for numbers and the days of the week, and will have the opportunity to practise traditional brush and ink calligraphy. We also spend time looking at the many Japanese festivals and learning about the lives of children in contemporary Japan. By the end of Year 9 students will be ready to progress to the GCSE course in Key Stage 4.


Japanese KS4 Outline
GCSE Japanese
Examination board: Edexcel

Course Components

Japanese GCSE consists of four closely weighted papers.

Paper one: Listening and understanding (45 minutes). Worth 23% of the GCSE
Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language.

Paper two: Speaking (approximately 10 minutes). Worth 27% of the GCSE
Communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes.
This exam has two sections:

  • A picture based discussion or presentation with follow up questions.
  • General conversation on a chosen theme (either media, travel, culture, leisure or work)

Paper three: Reading (55 minutes). Worth 23% of the GCSE
Understanding and responding to different types of written language
This exam consists of a number of short texts, notices or news reports in both formal and informal styles.
Paper four: Writing (60 minutes). Worth 27% of the GCSE
Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes.
Students are required to produce two pieces of writing in Japanese on either media, travel, culture, leisure or work

GCSE Japanese Scheme of work

Term
Year 10
Year 11
1
Me and my Family Travel and Japan
2
Daily Routine and School Around Town
3
Hobbies and Leisure Activities Media and the Internet
4
Health and Leisure Activities Media and the Internet
5
Food and Shopping Revision
6
Future and work Examinations

Japanese KS5 Outline
A-Level Japanese (Year 13 Only)
Examination board: Edexcel

Course Components

Paper 1- Understanding and written response (3 Hours). 100% of A level.
This paper comprises three sections:

  • Reading
  • Translation
  • Essays
Term
Year 13
1
Youth culture and concerns.
Health and fitness
2
The Japanese speaking world
3
Education and employment
4
Literature and the arts
5
Revision
6
Examiniations

 

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