Head of Department: Mr Finneran
Exam board: Pearson
Course codes:1FR0 / 1SP0

 

Link to specifications:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/French/2016/specification-and-sample-assessments/Specification-Pearson-Edexcel-Level-1-Level-2-GCSE-9-1-French.pdf

https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/Spanish/2016/specification-and-sample-assessments/Specification-Pearson-Edexcel-Level-1-Level-2-GCSE-9-1-Spanish.pdf

 

Curriculum Aims

Our vision for the Modern Foreign Languages department here at Ark Greenwich Free School is one based on strong academic tradition, with a modern, relevant and culturally interesting twist. It is imperative that students leave Ark Greenwich Free School confident in their ability to communicate articulately in a number of foreign languages. Pupils should equally be provided with a toolkit of strategies to support them in their language learning skills. The interpersonal skills that they will gain through learning languages at GFS will enable pupils to take and develop these skills in any of their future endeavors. It is essential that Ark Greenwich Free School linguists are well rounded individuals, confident in their ability, and able to use their linguistic knowledge to expand their horizons. MFL is a compulsory subject and will be studied until Year 11.

Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.
‒Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

Curriculum Power Standards

1.  Use PALMW/PHOTOGRAPH when describing a photo.

2.  Use POINT to structure a paragraph.

3. Use EQUATACO throughout a response.

4.Use the 5 listening strategies consistently.

5. Use the 5 reading strategies consistently.

 

 

Key Stage 3 curriculum

Our aim at Key Stage 3 is to ensure we provide all our students with the necessary tools and foundations to build upon at Key Stage 4. Students in Year 7 will be allocated a language as a form group and will continue with this until Year 11. We instill a love for languages through our passionate and highly skilled specialist teachers and ensure students understand the importance and appreciation of a language in an increasingly globalised society.

 

Year 7:

 

Content covered

What is being assessed in the end of term exam

Term 1

      - Reactions to a range of topics (Including the               introduction of POINT)

- Giving opinions on a range of topics

- Narrating events

- Reacting spontaneously to a range of questions

Knowledge and understanding of the content, assessed through:

Listening exam

Reading exam

Writing exam

Speaking exam

Term 2

  • Describing photos
  • Giving reactions and opinons on a range of photos
  • Using PALMW/PHOTOGRAPH

Knowledge and understanding of the content, assessed through:

Listening exam

Reading exam

Writing exam

Speaking exam

Term3

  • Narrating stories based on a range of topics
  • Introduction of literary texts
  • Introduction to EQUATACO

Knowledge and understanding of the content, assessed through:

Listening exam

Reading exam

Writing exam

Speaking exam

 

Year 8:

 

Content covered

What is being assessed in the end of term exam

 

French

Spanish

Term 1

- Reactions to a range of topics (Including the               introduction of POINT)

- Giving opinions on a range of topics

- Narrating events

- Reacting spontaneously to a range of questions

- Reactions to a range of topics (Including the               introduction of POINT)

- Giving opinions on a range of topics

- Narrating events

  • - Reacting spontaneously to a range of questions

Knowledge and understanding of the content, assessed through:

Listening exam

Reading exam

Writing exam

Speaking exam

Term 2

  • Can I talk about my relationship with family and friends?
  • Can I describe my friends and family?
  • Can I talk about my future plans?
  • Can I give my opinion on marriage and realationships?
  • Can I talk about meal times and my daily routine?
  • Can I order food in a restaurant?
  • Can I discuss and explain Spanish festivals?
  • Can I say what’s wrong when I am sick?

 

Knowledge and understanding of the content, assessed through:

Listening exam

Reading exam

Writing exam

Speaking exam

Term3

  • Can I talk about what I do in my free time?
  • Can I discuss what films I like and going to the cinema?
  • Can I talk about sports?
  • Can I talk about technology?
  • Can I give my opinions on school subjects?
  • Can I describe the school day and uniform?
  • Can I discuss the school rules and problems in school?
  • Can I talk about the extracurricular activities at school?

Knowledge and understanding of the content, assessed through:

Listening exam

Reading exam

Writing exam

Speaking exam

 

KS3 Revision & Independent Learning

 

In Modern Foreign Languages students are advised and encouraged to revise regularly in order to obtain the content learnt in lessons. Students have weekly vocabulary tests from Quizlet based on the powerful knowledge as part of the daily review. Students should use revision strategies such as look, cover, write, check; revision cards; recording themselves talking; online websites; revision maps; and knowledge organisers to name a few. Students are also encouraged to use these techniques before the end of term assessments. Students will be given dedicated revision sessions before the exams and look at exam technique and exemplar exam questions to aid with their revision.

 

Key stage 4 curriculum

In Key Stage 4 students follow the Edexcel GCSE specification. These topics are taught from the beginning of year 9 so all topics can be covered thoroughly and for maximum exposure. Students will then have the chance to revise these topics in year 11 prior to their GCSE exams. Lessons include the five skills of listening, reading, writing, speaking and translation and we focus on ensuring students communicate effectively and confidently in their language. It is our aim to inspire pupils so that they extend and pursue language learning beyond their time with us and prepare them to be competent global citizens though their knowledge of languages and appreciation of foreign cultures.

 

Year 9:

 

Topics

What is being assessed in the end of term exam

 

French

Spanish

Term 1

  • Can I discuss the clothes I wear and problems with clothes?
  • Can I talk about my daily routine?
  • Can I describe festivals and traditions?

 

  • Can I talk about my friends and family?
  • Can I discuss my future plans?
  • Can I give my opinion about marriage and partnerships?
  • Can I talk about technology and reading preferences?

Knowledge and understanding of the content, assessed through:

Listening exam

Reading exam

Writing exam

Speaking exam

Term 2

  • Can I describe types of homes?
  • Can I describe my region?
  • Can I ask for information in the tourist office?
  • Can I talk about my plans in relation to the weather?
  • Can I give someone directions to a place in my area?
  • Can I describe what I like to do in my free time?
  • Can I talk about the films and TV I watch?
  • Can I talk about sport and entertainment?
  • Can I name the positives and negatives of mobile technology?

 

Knowledge and understanding of the content, assessed through:

Listening exam

Reading exam

Writing exam

Speaking exam

Term3

  • Can I talk about what I do on holiday?
  • Can I discuss where I stay on holiday?
  • Can I book a holiday and leave a review?
  • Can I order food in a restaurant?

 

  • Can I describe my town?
  • Can I give the advantages and disadvantages of living in the countryside?
  • Can I talk about the problems in my town?
  • Can I talk about shopping for clothes?

Knowledge and understanding of the content, assessed through:

Listening exam

Reading exam

Writing exam

Speaking exam

 

Year 10:

 

Topics

What is being assessed in the end of term exam

 

French

Spanish

Term 1

  • Can I talk about what I study and when?
  • Can I talk about the school facilities?
  • Can I talk about the differences between the French and English education system?
  • Can I talk about the school rules and my uniform?
  • Can I talk about the extracurricular opportunities in school?
  • Can I talk about what I study and when?
  • Can I talk about the school facilities?
  • Can I talk about the differences between the French and English education system?
  • Can I talk about the school rules and my uniform?

- Can I talk about the extracurricular opportunities in school?

Knowledge and understanding of the content, assessed through:

Listening exam

Reading exam

Writing exam

Speaking exam

Term 2

  • Can I talk about different jobs and work preferences?
  • Can I talk about my plans for the future?
  • Can I discuss about the importance of languages?
  • Can I talk about my work experience?
  • Can I apply for jobs, University or an apprenticeship?
  • Can I talk about different jobs and work preferences?
  • Can I talk about my plans for the future?
  • Can I discuss about the importance of languages?
  • Can I talk about my work experience?
  • Can I apply for jobs, University or an apprenticeship?

Knowledge and understanding of the content, assessed through:

Listening exam

Reading exam

Writing exam

Speaking exam

Term3

  • Can I describe the environmental concerns we currently face?
  • Can I talk about the problems in the world
  • Can I say what I do to protect the environment?
  • Can I talk about the importance of volunteering?

 

  • Can I describe the environmental concerns we currently face?
  • Can I talk about the problems in the world
  • Can I say what I do to protect the environment?
  • Can I talk about the importance of volunteering?
  • Can I talk about the importance of a healthy lifestyle?

Knowledge and understanding of the content, assessed through:

Listening exam

Reading exam

Writing exam

Speaking exam

 

Year 11:

 

Topics

What is being assessed in the end of term exam

 

French

Spanish

Term 1

Identity & culture

Local area, holiday & travel

  • Roleplay & photocard practice
  • Conversation practice
  • Translation practice
  • Writing practice
  • Listening practice
  • Reading practice
  • Past papers & exam technique

 

Identity & culture

Local area, holiday & travel

  • Roleplay & photocard practice
  • Conversation practice
  • Translation practice
  • Writing practice
  • Listening practice
  • Reading practice
  • Past papers & exam technique

 

Knowledge and understanding of the content, assessed through:

Listening exam

Reading exam

Writing exam

Speaking exam

Term 2

School

Future aspirations, study & work

  • Roleplay & photocard practice
  • Conversation practice
  • Translation practice
  • Writing practice
  • Listening practice
  • Reading practice
  • Past papers & exam technique

 

School

Future aspirations, study & work

  • Roleplay & photocard practice
  • Conversation practice
  • Translation practice
  • Writing practice
  • Listening practice
  • Reading practice
  • Past papers & exam technique

 

Knowledge and understanding of the content, assessed through:

Listening exam

Reading exam

Writing exam

Speaking exam

Term3

International and global dimension

  • Roleplay & photocard practice
  • Conversation practice
  • Translation practice
  • Writing practice
  • Listening practice
  • Reading practice
  • Past papers & exam technique

 

International and global dimension

  • Roleplay & photocard practice
  • Conversation practice
  • Translation practice
  • Writing practice
  • Listening practice
  • Reading practice
  • Past papers & exam technique

 

Knowledge and understanding of the content, assessed through:

Listening exam

Reading exam

Writing exam

Speaking exam

 

KS4 Revision & Independent Learning

Students are provided with revision guides and workbooks when they begin KS4 as well as a revision calendar to aid with their revision timetables. Students are provided with a wealth of revision materials every term and are encouraged to attend revision sessions after school for extra support. Intervention sessions run weekly for all year 11 students. Students have weekly vocabulary tests from Quizlet based on the powerful knowledge as part of the daily review. Students should use revision strategies such as look, cover, write, check; revision cards; recording themselves talking; online websites; revision maps; and knowledge organisers to name a few. Students are also encouraged to use these techniques before the end of term assessments. Students will be given dedicated revision sessions before the exams and look at exam technique and exemplar exam questions to aid with their revision.

 

 

Feedback

In both KS3 and KS4 students are provided with a piece of written feedback every 5-6 lessons. Teachers use literacy codes as well as reference to the power standards in order for students to make maximum progress. These reflect the GCSE examination criteria in both content and language accuracy. Students also receive various other forms of feedback throughout their lessons. These include but are not limited to: Oral feedback from your teacher individually or as a class, whole class feedback on a feedback crib sheet, peer assessment (including your weekly vocabulary tests), questioning in class, exit tickets and end of term assessments

 

Ambition and careers

Learning a language is not only a useful tool but it also sets you up for life. Language skills are in demand and can be used in almost any career, particularly in business. Studying a language makes you a good communicator, both orally and in writing. It allows you to understand your own language better and can open up pathways which would not be available to you without having studied a language. As university places become even harder to obtain, a GCSE in a MFL will allow you to study in one of the top universities nationally or even internationally. Some careers in MFL can include:

  • Journalist
  • Interpreter
  • Translator
  • Teacher
  • Trading
  • Charity worker
  • Marketing executive
  • Finance
  • Espionage

 

Enrichment and Drop Down Days

The Modern Foreign Language department believes in the importance of experiencing and experimenting with the language learnt in school at first hand and have three international trips which take place every year. Students studying French in KS4 have the opportunity to go to Paris including a visit to Disneyland. Students studying Spanish in KS4 have the opportunity to visit Barcelona including the Camp Nou stadium. Students studying in KS3 have a variety of extra-curricular opportunities such as a day trip to Boulogne, visits to the French institute, cultural days in school and language competitions throughout the year.