Eaton Bank Academy

French

The aims of the French Department at Key Stage 3 are:

  • To create confident and enthusiastic language learners
  • To develop students’ speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in another language
  • To introduce students to the culture and customs of francophone countries
  • To provide students with the skills and knowledge needed for studying languages at KS4 (or for future travel and work)

 

At Key Stage 3 we will study:-

Year 7

Personal details

Family and friends

Where we live

Going into town

My daily routine

Having fun

 

Mainly present tense verbs

Increasing confidence producing and understanding single words, then short phrases and eventually full sentences from memory.

Expressing opinions.

Creative writing such as poems/songs

 

Year 8

Home and family

Leisure activities

Going out

Food and drink

Present, past and future tenses.

Comparatives and superlatives.

Prepositions and connectives

Structures + infinitives

Impersonal verbs

French jokes!

 

The study of French will allow students to develop their:

  • Knowledge of grammatical structures and patterns
  • Understanding of a different country/culture
  • Organisation skills and the ability to learn independently
  • Practical communication skills

 

Key Stage 3 Assessment

All students will be given subject targets working towards a Key Stage Level and parents will receive details of progress throughout each year. Students will be assessed on the four skill areas: speaking, listening, reading and writing throughout each year.  Further to the pupil’s work book which is used for most class work and homework, assessment evidence and next steps advice will be kept in the pupil’s personal folder in school. This is available for parents to see in school at any time.

 

Home Learning

How parents can help to support their son’s/daughter’s learning:

  • Regular checking on homework
  • Encouraging – asking your child questions about the work
  • Encouraging your child to take part in MFL Department competitions and activities
  • Encouraging your child to take a regular interest in European news or affairs
  • Encouraging your child to use the websites listed below

Students will be regularly set homework to consolidate and develop learning in lessons. Homeworks will be a mixture of different tasks eg learning vocabulary, reading tasks, writing tasks, researching information or creative activities.

 

If you have any queries, please contact Mrs S Mottershead – s.mottershead@eatonbank.org


German

The aims of the German Department at Key Stage 3 are:

  • To create confident and enthusiastic language learners
  • To develop students’ speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in another language
  • To introduce students to the culture and customs of Germany
  • To provide students with the skills and knowledge needed for studying languages at KS4 (or for future travel and work)

 

At Key Stage 3 we will study:-

Year 7

Greetings and introducing myself

Numbers

Age and birthday

The alphabet

Classroom language

 

Year 8

My family

Describing people

Pets

My free time

Arranging to meet

Where I live

My school

The study of German will allow students to develop their:

  • Knowledge of grammatical structures and patterns
  • Understanding of a different country/culture
  • Organisation skills and the ability to learn independently
  • Practical communication skills

 

Key Stage 3 Assessment

All students will be given subject targets working towards a Key Stage Level and parents will receive details of progress throughout each year. Students will be assessed on the four skill areas: speaking, listening, reading and writing throughout each year. Further to the pupil’s work book, which is used for most class work and homework, assessment evidence and next steps advice will be kept in the pupil’s personal folder in school. This is available for parents to see in school at any time.

 

Home Learning

How parents can help to support their son’s/daughter’s learning:

  • Regular checking on homework
  • Encouraging – asking your child questions about the work
  • Encouraging your child to take part in MFL Department competitions, activities and extra curricular trips and exchanges
  • Encouraging your child to take a regular interest in European news or affairs
  • Encouraging your child to use the websites listed below

Students will be regularly set homework to consolidate and develop learning in lessons. Homeworks will be a mixture of different tasks eg learning vocabulary, reading tasks, writing tasks, researching information or creative activities.

Key Stage 4

  • Thanks to new technology, improved travel and communications the world has become a much smaller place. It is crucial therefore, that we learn to speak and understand each other. This can only be done effectively by learning other languages and appreciating associated cultures. You can choose from French, German or Spanish.
  • A GCSE in another language rewards practical communication skills and adds an International dimension to your studies.
  • Learning another language can enhance your employment and mobility prospects whether you want a career in business, engineering, fashion or world class football!
  • It encourages you to express yourself, your ideas and opinions and also develops self-confidence.

Course Information:

The Edexcel GCSE in French, German and Spanish consists of four units based on the following skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. The course provides flexibility, choice and scope for personalised learning. You have more control over the content of your speaking and writing units as you can focus on one or more of the specified themes: Media and Culture, Sport and Leisure, Travel and Tourism, Business, Work and Employment.

ASSESSMENT:

 

Unit % in GCSE Assessment (Foundation/Higher Tier) All exams at end of Year 11.
Listening and Understanding 25% Examination at end of Year 11. (Edexcel marked)
Speaking (teacher examiner) 25% Role-play and picture based task.
Reading and Understanding 25% Examination at end of Year 11. (Edexcel marked)
Writing 25% Essay and translation task.

 

 

You will use a range of authentic listening and reading materials from the Internet, newspaper articles, magazines and video clips. There will also be the opportunity for linking work to ICT – ‘surfing the net’, sending e-mails to a native penpal, using multi-media facilities and other practical ICT applications. 

How does it follow on from what I have learned before?

You have developed important language skills and knowledge at Key Stage 3 (Years 7 – 8). The GCSE course will build on this and introduce you to a wider range of language structures and vocabulary. You will learn to recognise these and to apply your new knowledge to different contexts.

If you enjoy language learning, consider taking more than one language GCSE. You may choose from French, German or Spanish. We would encourage able linguists to study more than one language.

Please note that the Spanish GCSE course will cater for students beginning Spanish as a new language in Year 9 and equip them to begin their GCSE course in Year 10.

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