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French 

We enable all students to embrace the learning of French with confidence, and we offer them a curriculum which is intellectually challenging and relevant.

We allow students of all academic abilities to fulfil their potential and develop their knowledge and skills, showing resilience and ambition to succeed.

We promote cultural awareness and develop understanding of the culture of France and other French-speaking nations.

We encourage all students to make connections across languages and other subjects, including each learner’s linguistic and cultural background and to appreciate and celebrate the gift and the value of cultural differences.

We encourage questioning, reflection, and we focus on the key skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing and Translation.

We discuss issues affecting the world and people’s life, now and in the future, including global issues such as climate change, social justice and immigration.

We develop students’ appreciation of the benefits and the importance of learning a new language to prepare them for life and higher-level study in the future.

All students continually develop their knowledge and language skills in order to reach their full potential.

Curriculum Summary-French

Key Stage 3

Programme of Study

There is a strong focus at Key Stage 3 on the teaching of phonics, spellings, core language and structures, to help students develop key skills, including grammar and translations. This approach will enable students to become more confident and independent, as well as making links between languages and developing cultural awareness.

Over the 2 years, students will study the following themes:

  • Self, family and friends
  • Local area
  • School
  • Holidays
  • Free time
  • Jobs

Learning / Teaching Approach

Students will develop four key language skills:

    • Listening: understanding and responding to spoken language.
    • Speaking: taking part in conversations and role-plays.
    • Reading: understanding and responding to printed and hand written passages/texts and translating from French into English.
    • Writing: communicating in the written language, applying the grammar and structures they have learnt, as well as translating from English into French.

Assessment

Students will be assessed in a range of skills:

    • Translations
    • Reading
    • Listening
    • Speaking

Key Stage 4

Qualification: GCSE

Awarding Body and Paper: Edexcel 1FR0

Programme of Study

Over the 3 year course, students will study the following five themes:

  • IDENTITY AND CULTURE: talking about friendship, family relationships, socialising with friends and family, discussing role models, describing daily life, family celebrations, festivals and traditions, talking about sport, life online, books and reading, music, television programmes and films.
  • LOCAL AREA, HOLIDAYS AND TRAVEL: describing a region/town/village, discussing plans and the weather, describing community projects, holidays, travelling and practising holiday transactional situations.
  • SCHOOL: talking about your school and school subjects, discussing school rules, comparing schools in the UK and French speaking countries, talking about school trips, events and exchanges.
  • FUTURE ASPIRATION, STUDY AND WORK: discussing jobs, work preferences and career choices, talking about plans, hopes and wishes, discussing the importance of languages, applying for jobs.
  • INTERNATIONAL AND GLOBAL DIMENSION: discussing problems facing the world, talking about protecting the environment, discussing ethical shopping, talking about volunteering, discussing big events.

Learning / Teaching Approach

Students will develop four key language skills:

    • Listening: understanding and responding to spoken language.
    • Speaking: communicating in the spoken language, taking part in conversations and role-plays, presenting a prepared topic, showing knowledge of grammar and structures.
    • Reading: understanding and responding to printed and handwritten passages/texts and translating from French into English.
    • Writing: communicating in the written language, applying the grammar and structures they have learnt, as well as translating from English into French.

 Assessment

The course is assessed through the following papers, equally weighted. Students will be entered for either Foundation or Higher Tier. All papers draw on vocabulary and structures across all the themes and topics:

    • Paper 1: Listening and understanding in French – 25% of the marks

Foundation tier: 35 minutes, including 5 minutes reading time; 50 marks

Higher tier: 45 minutes, including 5 minutes reading time; 50 marks

    • Paper 2: Speaking in French – 25% of the marks

Foundation tier: 7-9 minutes, plus 12 minutes preparation time; 60 marks

Higher tier: 10-12 minutes, plus 12 minutes preparation time; 72 marks

    • Paper 3: Reading and understanding in French – 25% of the marks

Foundation tier: 45 minutes; 50 marks

Higher tier: 1 hour; 50 marks

    • Paper 4: Writing in French – 25% of the marks

Foundation tier: 1 hour 10 minutes; 60 marks

Higher tier: 1 hour 20 minutes; 60 marks

 

What it can lead to

The study of French at GCSE can lead to A Level and onwards to a degree. With a grasp of a modern language like French, you are able to meet new people and deepen your understanding of other cultures. Your confidence and communication skills will be boosted, and your horizons broadened, especially in terms of employment, where you will have a competitive edge. You will also understand your own language better and for your future enjoyment of travel, a language qualification is always an asset.

Key Stage 5

Qualification: A Level

Awarding Body and Paper: Edexcel 9FR0

Programme of Study

Students in Year 12 and 13 study the following themes:

THEME 1: Les changements dans la société française

Theme 1 is set in the context of France only. This theme covers social issues and trends.

  • Les changements dans les structures familiales - Les changements dans les attitudes envers le mariage, les couples et la famille.
  • L’éducation  - Le système éducatif et les questions estudiantines.
  • Le monde du travail - La vie active en France et les attitudes envers le travail; le droit à la grève; l’égalité des sexes.

THEME 2: La culture politique et artistique dans les pays francophones

Theme 2 is set in the context of francophone countries and communities. This theme covers artistic culture (through music and festivals and traditions) and political and artistic culture (through media).

  • La musique - Les changements et les développements; l’impact de la musique sur la culture populaire.
  • Les médias - La liberté d’expression; la presse écrite et en ligne; l’impact sur la société et la politique.
  • Les festivals et les traditions - Les festivals, fêtes, coutumes et traditions.

 

THEME 3: L’immigration et la société multiculturelle française

Theme 3 is set in the context of France only. This theme covers social issues and trends.

  • L’impact positif de l’immigration sur la société française - Les contributions des immigrés à l’économie et à la culture.
  • Répondre aux défis de l’immigration et l’intégration en France - Les activités des communautés; la marginalisation et l’aliénation du point de vue des immigrés.
  • L’extrême droite - La montée du Front National; les leaders du Front National; l’opinion publique.

 

THEME 4: L’Occupation et la Résistance

Theme 4 is set in the context of France only. This theme covers political culture.

  • La France occupée - La collaboration; l’antisémitisme.
  • Le régime de Vichy - Maréchal Pétain et la Révolution nationale.
  • La Résistance - Jean Moulin, Charles de Gaulle et les femmes de la Résistance; la résistance des français.

 

Learning / Teaching Approach

A Level skills – Themes

Students are required to develop the following skills:

  • Responding to spoken text in writing, showing understanding of the main points, gist and detail
  • Responding to written text in writing and speaking, showing understanding of the main points, gist and detail
  • Summarising a written text in speaking (Theme 1)
  • Summarising a spoken text in writing
  • Translating into and from French
  • Demonstrating knowledge and understanding of the social and cultural context of the target language through discussion of a theme
  • Expressing viewpoints and justifying opinions
  • Developing an argument and reaching a logical conclusion.

In addition, students need to be able to analyse aspects of French culture and present their independent research project in the speaking examination. 

A Level skills – literature/film

In the study of the literary text/film, students also need to develop the following skills:

  • Critically analysing the work
  • Evaluating the form and techniques used in the work
  • Presenting and justifying viewpoints
  • Developing logical arguments to persuade
  • Relating the work to key concepts, issues and the social context
  • Writing a critical response.

Assessment

    • Paper 1: Listening, reading and translating into English (written examination - 2 hours - 40% of the qualification – 80 marks)
    • Paper 2: Written response to works and translation into French (Written examination - 2 hours and 40 minutes - 30% of the qualification – 120 marks)
    • Paper 3: Speaking (21- 23 minutes - 30% of the qualification – 72 marks)

Spanish

The aims of the Spanish Department are:

To enable students to make connections across languages and to make links with their mother tongue.

To enable pupils to appreciate literature in other languages and to encourage them to read for pleasure, preparing them for life and higher-level study in the future.

To allow pupils to be a self-sufficient, confident user of the target language.

To promote cultural awareness and respect for speakers of other languages and to enable students to understand customs and festivals and how other people live their lives - to enable them to put themselves in the shoes of others and appreciate that everyone is different.

To allow all pupils to work at their own pace by encouraging them to take risks within the safety of the classroom with their own spoken language and know that it is fine to make mistakes.

To enable an understanding of global events, the responsibility we share for our health, our environment and our planet.

To talk about culture as something which also includes food, music, drama and dance and to widen their knowledge of the cross curricular opportunities this could spark.

Curriculum Summary-Spanish

Key Stage 3

Programme of Study

There is a strong focus at Key Stage 3 on the teaching of grammar, translation, spellings and phonics as well as developing vocabulary and cultural awareness. This approach will enable students to be more confident and take ownership of what they are writing, encourage spontaneity and independence in speaking.

Over the 2 years, students will study the following themes:

· Theme 1: Self and Family

· Theme 2: Local Area

· Theme 3: School

· Theme 4: Food and Drink

· Theme 5: Free Time

· Theme 6: Holidays

All themes and topics are studied in the context of both the students' home country and that of countries and communities where the languages are spoken.

Learning/Teaching Approach

Students will develop four languages skills:

· Listening: understanding and responding to spoken language.

· Speaking: taking part in conversations and role plays

· Reading: understanding and responding to printed and hand written passages / texts.

· Writing: communicating in the written language, applying the grammar and structures they have learnt.

Assessment

Students will be assessed in a range of skills:

· Translations

· Reading and Listening

· Writing

· Speaking

Key Stage 4

Qualification: GCSE

Awarding Body and Paper: Edexcel 1SP0

Programme of Study

A modern language is studied by most students in Key Stage 4. Questions across all four language skills are set in common contexts, addressing a range of relevant contemporary and cultural themes. They are organised into five themes, each broken down into topics and sub-topics.

Theme 1: Identity and culture. Who am I?: relationships, when I was younger, what my friends and family are like, what makes a good friend, interests, socialising with friends and family, role models. Daily life: customs and everyday life, food and drink, shopping, social media and technology (use of, advantages and disadvantages.) Cultural life: celebrations and festivals, reading, music, sport, film and television.

Theme2: Local area, holiday and travel. Holidays: preferences, experiences and destinations. Travel and tourist transactions: travel and accommodation,asking for help and dealing with problems, directions, eating out, shopping. Town, region and country: weather, places to see, things to do.

Theme 3: School. What school is like: school types, school day, subjects, rules and pressures, celebrating success. School activities: school trips, events and exchanges.

Theme 4: Future aspirations, study and work. Using languages beyond the classroom: forming relationships, travel, employment. Ambitions: further study, volunteering, training. Work: jobs, careers and professions.

Theme 5: International and global dimension. Bringing the world together: sports events, music events, campaigns and good causes. Environmental issues: being 'green,' access to natural resources.

All themes and topics will be studied in the context of both the student's home country and that of countries and communities where Spanish is spoken.

Learning/Teaching Approach

Students will develop four language skills:

-Listening: understanding and responding to spoken language.

-Speaking: communicating in the spoken language, taking part in conversations and role plays and presenting a prepared topic; showing knowledge of grammar and structures.

-Reading: understanding and responding to printed and hand written texts.

-Writing: communicating in the written language; applying the grammar and structures they have learnt.

Assessment

The course is assessed through the following papers (equally weighted):

· Listening

· Speaking

· Reading

· Writing

What it can lead to

A Level, vocational courses, study and work experience abroad. There is an increasing demand for foreign languages at work. People with language skills and knowledge usually have an advantage over people without them. They stand out as talented and successful people, with broad and exciting horizons.

Key Stage 5

Qualification: A Level

Awarding Body and Paper: Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Spanish (9SP0)

Post-16, Modern Foreign Language students should be able to:

-Demonstrate their understanding of material written in the foreign language, drawn from a wide range of everyday, topical, technical, business, literary, social and historical sources, and can respond appropriately to it.

-Understand language spoken at speed on radio, television, cassette or film, by native speakers or others on a variety of themes and in a range of styles.

-Can translate or interpret from one language to another effectively, accurately and idiomatically.

-Speak the language accurately, confidently and fluently, and react spontaneously to complex questions and unfamiliar language.

-Speak with good pronunciation and intonation and use different registers appropriate to the context of the discussion or dialogue.

-Engage readily in conversation, discussion or debate, and present, develop or sustain a logical argument in the foreign language, while taking account of the views of others.

-Show extensive knowledge of the countries, customs and culture of the people whose language they are learning.

-Have detailed knowledge and understanding of the themes and topics they have studied and the issues facing contemporary society.

-Have developed mature and well-informed views on topical or controversial issues, and can present these in a logical, coherent and accurate way in speech or writing.

-Write accurately in a variety of styles appropriate to context, using an increasingly wide range of complex, sophisticated and topic-specific language.

-Demonstrate a high level of grammatical accuracy.

The themes covered in a 2-year period are:

Theme 1: La evolución de la sociedad española

Theme 1 is set in the context of Spain only.

-El cambio en la estructura familiar.

La evolución de las actitudes hacia el matrimonio, las relaciones y las familias.

-El mundo laboral.

La vida laboral en España y las actitudes hacia el trabajo; las oportunidades de trabajo para los jóvenes; la igualdad de género.

-El impacto turístico en España

El impacto económico; las oportunidades que ofrece el turismo; el impacto socio-ambiental.

Theme 2: La cultura política y artística en el mundo de habla española

Theme 2 is set in the context of Spanish-speaking countries and communities.

-La música.

Los cambios y las tendencias; el impacto de la música en la cultura contemporánea.

-Los medios de comunicación.

La televisión y las telenovelas: los medios de comunicación escritos y en internet; el impacto en la sociedad y la política.

-Los festivales y las tradiciones.

Los festivales, las fiestas, las costumbres y las tradiciones.

Theme 3: La inmigración y la sociedad multicultural española

Theme 3 is set in the context of Spain only. This theme covers social issues and trends.

-El impacto positivo de la inmigración en la sociedad española

Las aportaciones de los inmigrantes en la economía y la cultura.

-Enfrentando los desafíos de la inmigración y la integración en España

Las medidas adoptadas por las comunidades locales; la marginación y el aislamiento

desde el punto de vista de los inmigrantes.

-La reacción social y pública hacia la inmigración en España

El enfoque político hacia la inmigración; la opinión pública.

Theme 4: La dictadura franquista y la transición a la democracia

Theme 4 is set in the context of Spain only. This theme covers political culture.

-La Guerra Civil y el ascenso de Franco (1936-1939)

La Guerra Civil y el ascenso de Franco, los republicanos contra los nacionalistas; las divisiones en la sociedad.

-La dictadura franquista

La vida cotidiana bajo la dictadura franquista: la opresión política, la censura, las divisiones en la sociedad.

-La transición de la dictadura a la democracia

El papel del Rey Juan Carlos en la transición; el Gobierno de Suárez; el golpe de Estado de 1981.

 

Grammar

The A Level specification builds on the work completed at GCSE but requires students to develop a greater working knowledge of the grammatical structure of the language. Many of the grammatical points required will have already been met during Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 teaching, but will need to be re-visited and reinforced during the course. A list of grammar requirements will be available in the specification.

A Level skills

The skills foci are:

· Response to spoken text in writing, showing understanding of the main points, gist and detail.

· Response to written text in writing and speaking, showing understanding of the main points, gist and detail.

· Summary of a written text in speaking (Theme 1.)

· Summary of a spoken text in writing.

· Translation into and from Spanish.

· Discussion on a theme showing knowledge and understanding of the target-language context and culture.

· Expressing viewpoints and justifying opinions.

· Developing an argument and reaching a logical conclusion.

In addition, students need to be able to analyse aspects of culture and present their independent research project in the speaking examination.

A Level skills – Literature / Film

In the study of the literary text / film, students will also need to develop the skills of:

· Critically analysing the work.

· Evaluating the form or techniques used in the work.

· Presenting and justifying viewpoints.

· Developing logical arguments to persuade.

· Relating the work to key concepts, issues and the social context.

· Writing a critical response.

Teachers will need to consider these key skills in light of the work studied.

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