Languages

Introduction to the department

All students in KS3 study French.

Pupils complete the FCSE examination course in French in Year 9, which is graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

French and Spanish are offered as GCSE options in KS4 and post 16.

Pupils that are bilingual can also study and take examinations in other languages : Polish, Italian, Panjabi, Dutch and Mandarin amongst others.

Lessons are predominantly taught in classrooms, and are occasionally timetabled in computer suites.

Home-study tasks are set every week, on the VTE, to be submitted by a specific deadline.

Name

Years/topics taught/keen interest in {subject related}

Miss S. Wood

Head of MFL Department (French and Spanish teacher)

Miss C. Hot

French teacher and Head of Year

Ms. L. Cameron

French and Spanish teacher

Mrs G. Duffy

French teacher and Assistant Head

Ms. P Casey

French teacher

Key Stage 3 curriculum offering

The topics covered range from personal details, holidays, food, different French speaking countries and their cultures and traditions and current affairs.

We use the Expo resources - a bright, learner-friendly presented textbook, which has excellent additional support material for class and homework. Students are assessed throughout the year in all 4 attainment areas (listening, speaking, reading & writing) and Achievement levels are awarded.

Pupils learn how to use various techniques to help them to understand the spoken and written word. They also get plenty of opportunities to practise speaking and communicating in the target language.

Terms

Topic/themes covered in Year 7

1

Meeting and Greeting / Family, Pets and Friends / Description (physical and character)

2

Where I live / My house / My bedroom / Time

3

Daily Routine / School / Subjects, opinions and reasons / Sports and Activities

Key Stage 4 curriculum offering

Pupils study the AQA course at KS4 in MFL.

New resources are currently being sourced for the new MFL GCSE specifications starting in September 2016. These resources include access to an excellent online learning site with interactive activities and exemplar exam material, as well as to the DIGIBOOK, so that pupils can use class resources for support and clarification when working independently in school or at home.

Terms

Topic/themes covered in Year 10

1

Me, my family and friends / Technology in Everyday life

2

Free-time and activities / Customs and Festivals

3

Home, Town, Neighbourhood and Region / Social Issues

Post 16 curriculum offering

Pupils study the AQA course in MFL post-16 studies – AS and A2.

New resources are currently being sourced for the new specification for teaching in September 2016. They include access to online interactive activities, exemplar exam material, and access to the DIGIBOOK.

Pupils from other schools across the city attend Stoke Park on consortium arrangements to study MFL courses.

Pupils are required to have a B grade minimum at GCSE, in the language chosen, to study MFL post-16.

Terms

Topic/themes covered

1

Current trends - The Changing Family / Cyber society / Charity Work

2

Artisitic culture – Tradition & Heritage, Tourism, French culture / Music / Cinema

3

Study of a French novel or Film

Offering

Info

Staffing

Support

Access to ICT room for support + home-study tasks, or to practice using online resources

Dept. staff

Trip

Uni. Of Warwick Arts Centre- Cinema

Dept. staff

Experience of French cinema

Films shown throughout the year to groups of pupils, as appropriate to age and studies completed

Dept. staff

Experience of French sport

Pétanque and/or Hand-Ball are introduced

Dept. staff

Any additional links/resources for download

www.linguascope.com – KS3/KS4 website, used for language acquisition

www.kerboodle.com – KS4/KS5 website, used for independent learning, language and grammar practice, support using DIGIBOOK