Languages

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From the basics of learning numbers and the alphabet, pupils will develop their vocabulary and linguistics, and reading skills. Throughout the curriculum, pupils will increase their conversational skills as well as learning about French and German culture. Learn about the Languages curriculum and how homework is set below:

Year 7

In Year 7, pupils study the following topics:

  • Bonjour – Meeting and greeting people, spelling in French, counting to 21, saying how old you are, days and month, saying when your birthday is, contents of your school bag
  • Moi – Describing your classroom, likes and dislikes, talking about hobbies, colours, adjectives and animals
  • C’est perso – talking about likes and dislikes, your survival kit, describing yourself and talking about other people, describing a musician

Pupils are encouraged to write in full sentences and use opinions, linking words, negative structures and justification in their work.

Homework: Vocabulary learning and simple writing and reading tasks.
Useful websites for KS3:

www.linguascope.com

www.pearsonactivelearn.com

German

In Year 7, pupils study the following topics:

  • Hallo! – Greetings and introductions, name, age, numbers to 69, countries, the alphabet, classroom instructions, school items, colours, dates, birthdays.
  • Familie und Tiere  – pets, family members and describing people
  • Freizeit – sports and leisure activities, talking about mobile phones and computers

Pupils are encouraged to write in full sentences and use opinions, linking words, negative structures and justification in their work.

Homework: Vocabulary learning and simple writing and reading tasks.
Useful websites for KS3:

www.linguascope.com

www.pearsonactivelearn.com

Year 8

French

In Year 8, pupils study the following topics:

  • On va en ville – Places in town, asking for and giving directions, saying where you are and where you are going, expressing opinions and ordering drinks and snacks.
  • Mon college – Talking about school subjects, giving opinions and reasons, describing your timetable and school day, talking about food
  • Mes passetemps – Talking about computers and mobiles, sports and activities, what you like doing and what other people do

Pupils are encouraged to use opinions, linking words, negative structures, justification and the past tense in their work.

Homework: Vocabulary learning and simple writing and reading tasks.
Useful websites for KS3:

www.linguascope.com

www.pearsonactivelearn.com

German

In Year 8, pupils study the following topics:

  • Freizeit – Sports and free-time activities, talking about your favourite things, saying how often you do things, arranging to go out and saying what you can do at a sports centre.
  • Gute Reise! – describing what there is/isn’t in a town, buying souvenirs, buying snacks and drinks, discussing holiday plans
  • Ich liebe Ferien – comparing places then and now, talking about holidays and weather

Pupils are encouraged to use opinions, linking words, negative structures, justification and the past tense in their work.

Homework: Vocabulary learning and simple writing and reading tasks.
Useful websites for KS3:

www.linguascope.com

www.pearsonactivelearn.com

Year 9

French

In Year 9, pupils study the following topics:

  • Famille et domicile – Talking about yourself, describing family members, jobs, talking about where people live, the weather.
  • T’es branché(e)? – television programmes, films and cinema, reading, the internet and the weather
  • Paris, je t’adore! – saying what you can do in Paris, what you like doing, asking for tourist information, describing a visit

Pupils are encouraged to use opinions, linking words, negative structures, justification and two tenses (past and future) in their work.

Homework: Regular vocabulary learning and completion of reading and writing tasks.
Useful websites for KS3:

www.linguascope.com

www.pearsonactivelearn.com

German

In Year 9, pupils study the following topics:

  • Freizeit – Sports and free-time activities, talking about your favourite things, saying how often you do things, arranging to go out and saying what you can do at a sports centre.
  • Gute Reise! – describing what there is/isn’t in a town, buying souvenirs, buying snacks and drinks, discussing holiday plans
  • Bist du ein Medienfan – cinema, tv programmes and reading
  • Bleib gesund – breakfast, traditional German food, recipes, healthy lifestyles
  • Klassenreisen machen Spaß! – rules, daily routine, directions, describing a festival

Pupils are encouraged to use opinions, linking words, negative structures, justification and two tenses (past and future) in their work.

Homework: Regular vocabulary learning and completion of reading and writing tasks.
Useful websites for KS3:

www.linguascope.com

www.pearsonactivelearn.com

GCSE

French (Edexcel)

In Years 10 and 11, pupils study the following topics:

  • Identity and culture including socialising with friends and family, hobbies, food and drink, shopping, social media, film and television.
  • Local area, holiday and travel including holiday activities, preferences and experiences, travel and accommodation, asking for help and directions, weather.
  • School including types of school, opinions about school subjects and school trips.
  • Future aspirations, study and work including higher education, future careers and ambitions.
  • International and global dimension including sports events, music festivals, good causes and environmental issues.
Assessment:

  • Foundation and Higher tiers are available.
  • Pupils are assessed at the end of Year 11. There are exams in the following 4 skills:
  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Each of the exams is worth 25% of the final GCSE grade.
  • Pupils will be awarded a grade from 1-9 (1 is the lowest grade, 9 is the best grade).
Useful websites for KS4 French:

www.linguascope.com

www.pearsonactivelearn.com

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/french

German (Edexcel)

In Years 10 and 11, pupils study the following topics:

  • Identity and culture including socialising with friends and family, hobbies, food and drink, shopping, social media, film and television.
  • Local area, holiday and travel including holiday activities, preferences and experiences, travel and accommodation, asking for help and directions, weather.
  • School including types of school, opinions about school subjects and school trips.
  • Future aspirations, study and work including higher education, future careers and ambitions.
  • International and global dimension including sports events, music festivals, good causes and environmental issues.
Assessment:

  • Foundation and Higher tiers are available.
  • Pupils are assessed at the end of Year 11. There are exams in the following 4 skills:
  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Each of the exams is worth 25% of the final GCSE grade.
  • Pupils will be awarded a grade from 1-9 (1 is the lowest grade, 9 is the best grade).
Useful websites for KS4 German:

www.linguascope.com

www.pearsonactivelearn.com

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/german

A-Level

French (Edexcel)

AS Level Topics include:

  • Developments in French Society including family structures, education and the world of work.
  • Political and Artistic Culture including music festivals and trends, social media, technology, customs and traditions.
  • Film/Literature study.

 

A-Level Topics include:

  • Immigration and the French multi-cultural society including the positive influences and challenges of immigration, society’s reaction to immigration and the rise of the extreme right.
  • Occupation and Resistance during World War Two including life in occupied France, the Vichy government and the Resistance.
  • Film/Literature study.
Assessment

  • Students may do the AS exams at the end of Year 12 and/or the full A-Level exams at the end of Year 13. Please note that the marks for AS German do not count towards the A-Level Grade.
  • Pupils will be awarded a grade from A-E – Grade A is the highest grade.

 

AS Exams

Paper 1(40 of total marks): Listening, Reading and Translation from French to English.

Paper 2 (30% of total marks): Written response to film/literature and Translation from English to French.

Paper 3 (30% of total marks): Speaking.

 

A-Level Exams

Paper 1(40 of total marks): Listening, Reading and Translation from French to English.

Paper 2 (30% of total marks): Written response to film/literature and Translation from English to French.

Paper 3 (30% of total marks): Speaking (including independent research project).

Useful Websites for KS5 French: (From the Edexcel website)

www.franceguide.com

www.tourisme.fr

www.lesclesjunior.com

www.lemonde.fr

www.academie-francaise.fr

www.google.fr

www.lefigaro.fr

www.myswitzerland.com/fr

http://www.ambafrance-be.org/

www.yahoo.fr

www.bnf.fr

www.europe1.fr

www.liberation.fr

www.education.gouv.fr

www.francophonie.org

www.olf.gouv.qc.ca

www.unicaen.fr

www.lapressedefrance.fr/phosphore.htm

http://tempsreel.nouvelobs.com/

German (Edexcel)

AS Level Topics include:

  • Developments in German Society including environmental issues, renewable energy, education and the world of work.
  • Political and Artistic Culture including music festivals and trends, social media, technology, customs and traditions.
  • Film/Literature study.

 

A-Level Topics include:

  • Immigration and the German multi-cultural society including the positive influences and challenges of immigration and society’s reaction to immigration.
  • The Reunification of Germany including life in East Germany, the fall of the Berlin Wall and Germany since reunification.
  • Film/Literature study.
Assessment

  • Students may do the AS exams at the end of Year 12 and/or the full A-Level exams at the end of Year 13. Please note that the marks for AS German do not count towards the A-Level Grade.
  • Pupils will be awarded a grade from A-E – Grade A is the highest grade.

 

AS Exams

Paper 1(40 of total marks): Listening, Reading and Translation from German to English.

Paper 2 (30% of total marks): Written response to film/literature and Translation from English to German.

Paper 3 (30% of total marks): Speaking.

 

A-Level Exams

Paper 1(40 of total marks): Listening, Reading and Translation from German to English.

Paper 2 (30% of total marks): Written response to film/literature and Translation from English to German.

Paper 3 (30% of total marks): Speaking (including independent research project).

Useful Websites for KS5 German: (From the Edexcel website)

www.atmosfair.de

www.bmu.de

www.bpb.de

www.brigitte.de

www.bund.net

www.ddr-geschichte.de

www.deutschland-tourismus.de

www.fairunterwegs.org

www.fluter.de

www.focus.de

www.goethe.de

www.google.de

www.greenpeace.at

www.ksta.de

www.magazine-deutschland.de

www.mehrweg.org

www.morgenpost.de

www.muenchen.de

www.myswitzerland.com/de

www.nachrichtenfuerkinder.de/n4k

www.oekotest.de

www.planet-wissen.de

www.robinwood.de

www.sowieso.de

www.spiegel.de

www.stafette.de

www.stern.de

www.straßenfeger.org

www.tagesschau.de

www.tatsachen-ueber-deutschland.de/online

www.welt.de

www.yahoo.de

www.young-germany.de/

www.zeit.de

How can Parents Help?

Parents can support their child’s learning in MFL by:

  1. Helping them to revise at home for vocabulary tests and end of unit assessments.
  2. Encouraging them to visit the recommended websites on this page and work independently.
  3. Checking their child’s school planner to make sure they have completed homework tasks on time.
  4. Reinforcing the importance of meeting homework deadlines.