Students study French and Spanish. We begin by introducing the alphabet, focusing on developing our best possible pronunciation. Students will study a range of topics including family and relationships, free time activities and the wider world, always with a focus on the culture of the country. Knowledge, skills and vocabulary learnt at Key Stage 3 are used at the start of the three year GCSE course in Year 9, continuing into Years 10 and 11.
Key Stage 3 Learning Journey
Years 7 - 8
n Year 7, we introduce the alphabet, with a focus on developing the best pronunciation possible. Lessons are taught as much as possible in French or Spanish (target language) to allow students to develop their confidence when it comes to speaking the language. Topic wise we move onto family and relationships before introducing where we live and describing our local area, comparing these to their French and Spanish equivalents. It is then the topic of school and the wider world of work – getting students in the mind set for their options choices towards the end of Year 8. Free time activities are taught too and there is the opportunity to discover more about France and Spain from a cultural perspective.
In Year 8, we continue with free time activities, before returning to the theme of where we live, this time the focus is on both Paris and Madrid, comparing these two capital cities to London. We develop our responses to describing our personality, before looking at our future ambitions and plans. To conclude Year 8, it is the topic of holidays. Throughout both Years 7 and 8, we link the topics to our main three tenses, the present, past and future, which will be invaluable at Key Stage 4.
Key Stage 4 Learning Journey
Years 9 - 11
At the beginning of the three year GCSE course in Year 9, students study free time activities, with a focus on health and well-being. We then use the future tense on more detail, linked to the topic of future plans and the wider world of work. It is then a return to the topic of holidays whilst using the past tense.
Year 10 gives students the opportunity to develop their answers with topics that we originally studied in Year 7, such as describing a friend and family relationships. It is then a return to the topic of free time activities, extending our answers with a wide range of adjectives. We then turn our attention to daily routine before comparing cultural events in France and Spain to those in the UK. The academic year is rounded off with more work on holidays and our town and local area.
Year 11 introduces the topic of the environment before turning our focus to revision of all the topics we have covered over our three year Key Stage 4. There will be plenty of opportunities for students to be assessed in the four exam areas: listening, reading, speaking and writing.
Exam Specifications & Useful Links
Exam Board: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse