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St Francis Xavier

Modern Foreign Languages

The Languages Department aims to produce confident, capable and articulate linguists who can work independently in their Speaking and Writing with a range of vocabulary, tenses and complex structures.

Our students are able to express opinions and offer justifications. Learning is themed around real world topics and issues which gradually introduces increasingly complex levels of language to stretch and challenge students.

The majority of students at KS4 continue with a language. Students are provided with a well-planned and challenging curriculum. High expectations set the tone in lessons. Pupils are expected to learn from their mistakes and are constantly encouraged to do so. Students are able to achieve and be successful in lessons. We celebrate the achievements of our linguists because learning a language is a great achievement.

Curriculum team

Mrs Henderson        Curriculum lead –French/German
Mr Rhodes                 Teacher of French /Spanish
Mrs Carlosama         Teacher of French/Spanish
Mrs Howarth            Teacher of French /German/Italian

Key stage 3 topics

In year 7 all pupils have 5 lessons per fortnight of French.

In Year 8 pupils start to study German for 3 hours a fortnight and French for 2 hours. In Year 9, pupils opt to continue with either French or German.

The majority of pupils continue to study a language at KS4 as part of the English Baccalaureate.

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 7

Introduction to French

Alphabet/sounds

Numbers 1-31

Age/birthday

Siblings

Likes/dislikes

Descriptions

ASSESSMENT

School

Colours

Time

Subjects

Clothes

School day

Schools France/UK

ASSESSMENT

Hobbies

Weather/seasons

Sports

Online activities

Asking questions

Myself

Animals

Numbers 1-100

Family members

Descriptions

Food (breakfast)

Bastille Day

 

My area

Places in town

Invitations

Food (cafeteria)

 

Weather

Activities

Monuments in Paris

ASSESSMENT

Year 8

Holiday

Destinations (countries, locations)

Holiday activities

Holiday disasters

 

ASSESSMENT

Celebrations

Festivals

Special days

Food

Future trip

New Years’ celebrations

 

Hobbies

TV programmes/movie genre

Invitations to the cinema

Leisure activities

Shopping

My area

Locations+ countries

Weather

Area description

Chores

Daily routine/time

French regions

 

Daily routine/time

French regions

 

Sports

Talking about sports

Asking the way and giving directions

Talking about injuries and illness

ASSESSMENT

 

Year 9

Theme 1

Talking about getting on with others

Describing family and friens

Talking about future relationships

Social media

Technology

ASSESSMENT

Theme 1

Free Time

Eating out

Sports

Celebrations

Traditons

Describing an event

ASSESSMENT

Speaking booklet

Ideal answer Theme 1

Photo card

Roleplay

ASSESSMENT

Key stage 4 topics

The new GCSE specification is split into 3 themes.

Theme 1: Identity and culture

  • Topic 1: Me, my family and friends
  • Topic 2: Technology in everyday life
  • Topic 3: Free-time activities
  • Topic 4: Customs and festivals in French-speaking or German-speaking countries/communities

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest:

  • Topic 1: Home, town, neighbor hood and region
  • Topic 2: Social issues
  • Topic 3: Global issues
  • Topic 4: Travel and tourism

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment covers the following four topics:

  • Topic 1: My studies
  • Topic 2: Life at school/college
  • Topic 3: Education post-16
  • Topic 4: Jobs, career choices and ambitions

 GCSE assessment

GCSE French and German have a Foundation Tier (grades 1–5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4–9).

Students must take all four question papers at the same tier. Each paper is worth 25% of GCSE.

Paper 1: Listening

Listening is by examination and includes questions that must be answered in English, in the target language or non-verbally.

Paper 2: Speaking

Speaking is conducted by the teacher and includes a role-play, a discussion on a photo card and a general conversation.

Paper 3: Reading

Reading is by examination and includes questions that must be answered in English, in the target language or non-verbally, as well as a translation from the target language to English.

Paper 4: Writing

Writing is by examination and includes writing a short passage, a structured writing task and a translation from English to the target language.

Wider curriculum

  • KS4 Immersion trip to Château de la Baudonnière, Normandy
  • KS3 trip to Paris. Staying in a purpose-built youth centre, this trip will take in all the major tourist attractions of Paris, Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées, Sacré Coeur, Versailles as well as one day at Eurodisney!!