Languages

Year 7
Year 8
GCSE French
GCSE Spanish

What will my child learn about in French this year?

Discovery


Students will discover how to use basic French to describe facts about themselves (name, age, birthday etc.) They will discover how to ask for things and follow instructions in the French classroom.
Learners will begin their voyage of discovery of the French language, beginning with phonics and rules of pronunciation. They will hear songs and watch videos, looking out for patterns. They will also learn differences such as word order, masculine and feminine.
Students will learn some basic facts about French culture- what do you know about France?
They will also be discovering apps and websites on iPads that will help them learn.

Celebration


Students will celebrate the linguistic and cultural differences between the UK and the French speaking world.
They will be focusing on colour and describing some scenes from festivals in different countries.
They will be learning how to ask and answer basic questions relating to parties/ meeting new people and celebrations.
Also, how Christmas is celebrated in different French-speaking countries, including traditional Christmas songs. They will listen to and read songs and other authentic materials to enhance reading and listening skills.

Creativity


Students will focus on developing descriptions of themselves, other people and animals. They will describe physical appearance and character, paying attention to language rules about adjectives and key verbs être and avoir.
Students will create and describe an imaginary creature in French
There will be a focus on famous French paintings, giving opinions on them and describing some of the characters.

Balance


Students will be focusing on the theme of food and drink.
They will be balancing opinions by giving reasons and learning how to extend sentences.
They will be learning about two way conversations in the context of food shopping.
Students will be learning about paying in Euros, higher numbers and budgeting.
They will make comparisons between foods.
Students will be looking at the 'Very Hungry Caterpillar’ in French and adapting the structure to tell their own story.

What type of homework will be set?

There will be regular vocabulary to learn with a brief test at the beginning of the next lesson.
Reading and writing will also be set to encourage independence in the foreign language.
iPad homeworks will include research, video and audio recordings.

How will my child be assessed in MFL this year?

Students will have vocabulary test scores recorded
They will be assessed in reading/writing/speaking/listening throughout the year and during assessment weeks.

How can I support my child’s learning at home?

You can spend time with your child helping them to learn their vocabulary.
The academy is a member of www.linguascope.com (your child will be given a logon for this).
There are many iPad apps including Mindsnacks, Quizlet and Memrise websites- search for French materials.
Encourage your child to embrace French films, music, cartoons or sports commentary- most of these can be found online or on digital TV channels

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What will my child learn about in French this year?

Risk

Students will:
Describe illnesses and injuries in French.
Describe and understand events in the past leading to injury or risk.
Pick out key details from scenarios of a nightmare holiday: food poisoning, hotel room complaints, dangerous activities, lost passport, stolen belongings.
Focus on opinions, using authentic hotel reviews to make positive/negative judgements.

Interpretation

Students will:
Be able to follow and give directions to places in a town and interpret signs.
Understand and take part in conversations relating to shopping.
Learn how to talk about fashion and describe a fashion show, interpreting different styles and themes.
Interpret both spoken and written French from authentic materials, including translation skills and dictations.
Learn a song in Spanish and apply translation skills they have learned in French.
Examine the problems relating to online translator tools and why these should be avoided.

Identity

Students will:
Watch a film in French and discuss themes, characters and plot.
Give extended opinions on the film.
Talk about their own preferences for film and TV and compare them to French TV/ film.
Look at greetings and examine cultural differences around the words and gestures used.
Watch a video about clichés and stereotypes in France, with listening and reading activities included.
Examine British attitudes to learning foreign languages and the impact of this.

Structures

Students will:
Learn about structures relating to school, such as school rules, timetables, uniform and daily routine.
Describe and compare a past bad day and future good day at school.
Learn about school life in French-speaking countries.
Learn language for rules and obligation- modal verbs (on doit/ on peut) and commands.
Advertise Abbey Grange Academy to a French audience using promotional language.
Review verb tenses and write a story in a variety of tenses.

What type of homework will be set?

There will be regular vocabulary to learn with a brief test at the beginning of the next lesson.
Reading and writing will also be set to encourage independence in the foreign language.
iPad homeworks will include research, video and audio recordings.

How will my child be assessed in MFL this year?

Students will have vocabulary test scores recorded
They will be assessed in reading/writing/speaking/listening throughout the year and during assessment weeks.

How can I support my child’s learning at home?

You can spend time with your child helping them to learn their vocabulary.
The academy is a member of www.linguascope.com (your child will be given a logon for this).
There are many iPad apps including Mindsnacks, Quizlet and Memrise websites- search for French materials.
Encourage your child to embrace French films, music, cartoons or sports commentary- most of these can be found online or on digital TV channels.

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French GCSE (9-1)

What will I learn?

The topics covered in GCSE French are as follows:

Theme 1: Identity and culture
  • Me, my family and friends
  • Technology in everyday life
  • Free-time activities
  • Customs and festivals in French speaking countries/ communities

Theme 2: local, national, international and global areas of interests
  • Home town, neighbourhood and region
  • Social issues
  • Global issues
  • Travel and tourism
Theme 3: Current and future studies and employment
  • My studies
  • Life at school
  • Education Post-16
  • Jobs, career choices and ambitions

You will develop key skills in the areas of listening, reading, speaking and writing. As well as studying the language, students will also have the opportunity to explore the cultural and social aspects of French speaking society.

How will I be assessed?

All exams will take place at the end of Year 11 and students can be entered either for either Foundation or Higher papers.

  • Unit 1: Listening exam. 25% of the marks. Foundation 40 minutes. Higher 50 minutes.
  • Unit 2: Reading exam. 25% of the marks. Foundation 45 minutes. Higher 1 hour.
  • Unit 3: Speaking exam. 25% of the marks. The Speaking consists of a role and a general conversation about all the topics covered at KS4. Students speak between 7-9 minutes for Foundation and 10-12 for Higher.
  • Unit 4: Writing 25% of the marks. Foundation 1 hour. Higher 1 hour 15 minutes.

What could I move onto?

With languages the world is your oyster and Britain is desperately short of linguists. GCSE can lead to A Level study after which you can go to university and study the language(s) you have studied at A level or start a new one like Russian/ Chinese or Arabic from scratch. Alternatively, you can combine a non-language subject with a language (e.g. Chemistry and French) thus enabling you to spend a year abroad studying Chemistry at a French university and broadening your skill set.

Languages are also an incredible asset in Business, Law and Tourism. They will give you excellent career options in today’s international market. Knowledge of another language makes you more employable and stands out on a job application.

Exam Board: AQA

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Exam Board: AQA

Course title and type of qualification: Spanish GCSE (9-1)

What will I learn?

The topics covered in GCSE Spanish are as follows:

Theme 1: Identity and culture
  • Me, my family and friends
  • Technology in everyday life
  • Free-time activities
  • Customs and festivals in French speaking countries/ communities
Theme 2: local, national international and global areas of interests.
  • Home town, neighbourhood and region
  • Social issues
  • Global issues
  • Travel and tourism
Theme 3: Current and future studies and employment
  • My studies
  • Life at school
  • Education post-16
  • Jobs, career choices and ambitions

You will gain a wide range of vocabulary and structures. You will be able to understand and discuss issues and opinions and give full descriptions and accounts.

  • My studies
  • Life at school
  • Education Post-16
  • Jobs, career choices and ambitions

You will develop key skills in the areas of listening, reading, speaking and writing. As well as studying the language, students will also have the opportunity to explore the cultural and social aspects of Spanish speaking society.

How will I be assessed?

All exams will take place at the end of Year 11 and students can be entered either for either Foundation or Higher papers.

  • Unit 1: Listening exam. 25% of the marks. Foundation 40 minutes. Higher 50 minutes.
  • Unit 2: Reading exam. 25% of the marks. Foundation 45 minutes. Higher 1 hour.
  • Unit 3: Speaking exam. 25% of the marks. The Speaking consists of a role and a general conversation about all the topics covered at KS4. Students speak between 7-9 minutes for Foundation and 10-12 for Higher.
  • Unit 4: Writing 25% of the marks. Foundation 1 hour. Higher 1 hour 15 minutes.

What could I move onto?

Studying 2 languages at GCSE level helps you to develop core language learning skills more quickly. You may study A-level Spanish in the Sixth form which could lead to studying Spanish at university along with another language or a completely different subject. Imagine spending your 3rd year in Madrid, Barcelona or by the sea!

Languages are also an incredible asset in Business, Law and Tourism. They will give you excellent career options in today’s international market. Knowledge of another language makes you more employable and stands out on a job application.

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Butcher Hill
Leeds
LS16 5EA

Tel: 0113 275 7877
Fax: 0113 275 4784
info@abbeygrangeacademy.co.uk

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Abbey Multi Academy Trust
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Abbey Grange Church of England Academy
Butcher Hill
Leeds
LS16 5EA
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