Learning a foreign language not only provides an opportunity to encounter a different way of structuring your ideas, it also brings other recognised benefits such as improved understanding of your own language, and development of communication and memory skills. Starting with French in KS3, we aim to enable pupils to communicate for practical purposes, providing information and expressing opinions and to understand and respond to speakers, both in speech and in writing. In KS4, students who choose French or Spanish will develop a better understanding of some aspects of culture, and grammar, continuing to extend their range of language to encompass topics close to home, such as family and school life, but also global issues such as tourism and the environment. A level courses in French and Spanish foster independent and accurate use of complex language, develop a much deeper understanding of the target language’s cultures and current affairs, and offer an Independent Research Project of the students' choosing. This latter will contribute significantly towards the speaking exam grade. Throughout all key stages we hope to develop pupils’ curiosity and open a window onto the wider world, to provide a firm foundation for future language learning, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries, and to develop tolerance and resilience.
In KS3, students will study French. Throughout each unit the students are assessed in the four skills: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing, as well as Grammar and Vocabulary. Homework tasks will include memorising vocabulary and encouraging students to be creative in their presentation of the language. As well as improving confidence in topic areas and skills, the focus is on securing good pronunciation and understanding of the underlying grammatical concepts.
In Year 7, students will learn:
- The basics including greetings, introductions, numbers, the alphabet, and classroom language;
- How to describe self and family;
- How to talk about home and the world around us.
In Year 8, students will learn:
- How to express opinions about hobbies, interests and preferences;
- How to talk about school
- How to talk about places and travel.