What will your child learn in Spanish/French in year 7?

The schemes of learning that year 7 will focus on throughout the year are:

Language bridge

Introduction to Spanish/French

Adjectives focus (descriptions)

Regular verbs: present tense (context of hobbies/free time, school)

Justifying opinions

How will your child be assessed in Spanish/French?

Your child will be assessed formally every term. They will complete a mid-term assessment and then an end of term assessment will be completed using the same skills. The end of term assessment will be levelled and used to evaluate their progress. Students will also be completing a CLF assessment every 2 terms.

The topics that we study throughout the year have a focus on writing, reading and speaking and listening skills.

How can you help your child?

There are many ways to help and encourage your child to do well in Spanish/French.

Here are some of the ways:

Support with Independent Study tasks ensuring they have completed it to their best ability

Encourage your child to complete homework. This is a main focus of the department.

Practise spellings with your child

Encourage your child to use different websites in order to practice Spanish vocabulary

How will Independent Study be organised?

Independent Study will be set every week and students will have time to complete the set task.

Independent Study will be focused on the topic they will be studying that term and will help them to practise vital skills needed to progress in reading, writing and speaking.

Students will be expected to work at home and will complete all different tasks on what they have read throughout the year.

USEFUL WEBSITES

FRENCH AND SPANISH

http://www.digitaldialects.com/

Games and activities with listening activities (àgood for revision homeworks)

http://www.zut.org.uk/index.html
A great site that contains plenty of online interactive activities organised by year group. The site is free to use after 4pm and before 9am so it could be used as a homework resource.

What will your child learn in Spanish/French in year 8?

The schemes of learning that year 8 will focus on throughout the year are:

Local area, directions, cinema and media

Grammar and vocabulary content:

Infinitive and its uses (with modals)

Revision of all tenses covered: past, present, future, conditional

Looking at short stories in French/Spanish: text analysis

How will your child be assessed in Spanish/French?

Your child will be assessed formally every term. They will complete a mid-term assessment and then an end of term assessment will be completed using the same skills. The end of term assessment will be levelled and used to evaluate their progress. Students will also be completing a CLF assessment every 2 terms.

The topics that we study throughout the year have a focus on writing, reading and speaking and listening skills.

How can you help your child?

There are many ways to help and encourage your child to do well in Spanish/French.

Here are some of the ways:

Support with Independent Study tasks ensuring they have completed it to their best ability

Encourage your child to complete homework. This is a main focus of the department.

Practise spellings with your child

Encourage your child to use different websites in order to practice Spanish/French vocabulary

How will Independent Study be organised?

Independent Study will be set every week and students will usually have time to complete the set task.

Independent Study will be focused on the topic they will be studying that term and will help them to practise vital skills needed to progress in reading, writing and speaking.

Students will be expected to work at home and will complete all different tasks on what they have read throughout the year.

USEFUL WEBSITES

FRENCH AND SPANISH

http://www.digitaldialects.com/

Games and activities with listening activities (àgood for revision homeworks)

http://www.zut.org.uk/index.html
A great site that contains plenty of online interactive activities organised by year group. The site is free to use after 4pm and before 9am so it could be used as a homework resource.

What will your child learn in Spanish/French in year 9?

The schemes of learning that year 9 will focus on throughout the year are:

Grammar and vocabulary content

Prepositions

Focus on word order and adjectival agreement.

Comparative and superlative

Infinitive and its uses (with modals)

Revision of all tenses covered: past, present, future, conditional

Looking at short stories in French/Spanish: text analysis

How will your child be assessed in Spanish/French?

Your child will be assessed formally every term. They will complete a mid-term assessment and then an end of term assessment will be completed using the same skills. The end of term assessment will be levelled and used to evaluate their progress. Students will also be completing a CLF assessment every 2 terms.

The topics that we study throughout the year have a focus on writing, reading and speaking and listening skills.

How can you help your child?

There are many ways to help and encourage your child to do well in Spanish/French.

Here are some of the ways:

Support with Independent Study tasks ensuring they have completed it to their best ability

Encourage your child to complete homework. This is a main focus of the department.

Practise spellings with your child

Encourage your child to use different websites in order to practice Spanish/French vocabulary

How will Independent Study be organised?

Independent Study will be set every week and students will usually have time to complete the set task.

Independent Study will be focused on the topic they will be studying that term and will help them to practise vital skills needed to progress in reading, writing and speaking.

Students will be expected to work at home and will complete all different tasks on what they have read throughout the year.

USEFUL WEBSITES

FRENCH AND SPANISH

http://www.digitaldialects.com/

Games and activities with listening activities (àgood for revision homeworks)

http://www.zut.org.uk/index.html
A great site that contains plenty of online interactive activities organised by year group. The site is free to use after 4pm and before 9am so it could be used as a homework resource.

Exam Board:  AQA

Qualification:  GCSE French / Spanish

What are the main topics I will study for the qualification?

There are three main areas:

  • “identity and culture”, including family, technology, free time and traditions of the country in which the language is spoken;
  • “local, national and international” areas of interest, including home and town, social issues, travel and tourism;
  • school and future employment, including life in school, future job perspectives and career choices.

How will I be assessed in the subject?

There are a foundation and a higher tier.  The assessment for the two differs for the complexity of the language but the structure is the same.

All the four skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing) are tested with specific assessments.  The result in each of these assessments constitutes 25{a6d30c8a62fcb64e523aef1a61d5dd552560e516c224da626f6e683ccd748591} of the final grade.

The ability to speak the language and interact in everyday life situations is increasingly more important than memory or abstract knowledge.

The final grade is not expressed in letters anymore but using a scale from 1 (lowest) to 9 (highest).

 

What do current students say about the course?

“I am really enjoying the course and even if it requires some hard work, I am still very happy with taking French for GCSE.” – Y10 French student

“I like the topics we are working on.  I have a brother who did the old GCSE and what I have to do looks more real than what he did.” – Y10 Spanish student

 

Am I suited to French / Spanish?

If you are interested in foreign languages and like the chance to communicate with people from different countries and with different cultural backgrounds, then a GCSE can be the chance to achieve an extraordinary life skill.

The knowledge of a language is a skill more and more appreciated in the job market and it can significantly contribute opening new opportunities in the frame of the Ebac and in university education.