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 verbsIncreasing 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 outFood and drinkPresent, past and future tenses.
Comparatives and superlatives.
Prepositions and connectives
Structures + infinitives
Impersonal verbs
French jokes!
Year 9 Talking about Food
Festivals in France
Sport and staying healthy
Future career aspirations
Holidays
Study of a French film

 

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 Miss L Foreman l.foreman@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 birthdays
The alphabet
Classroom language
Year 8 My family
Describing people
Pets
My free time
Arranging to meet
Where I live
My school
Year 9 Role models
Town, house and local area
Ambitions and future careers
Healthy lifestyle
Childhood
Study of a German film

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.

Spanish

The aims of the Spanish 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 Spanish Speaking 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
Free time activities
School
Family and friends
Going into town
Where we live
Mainly present tense verbs
Increasing confidence producing and understanding single words, then short phrases and eventually full sentences from memory.
Expressing and developing opinions.
Creative writing such as poems/songs
Year 8 Holidays
My interests (Music, TV and films)
Food and drink
Going out
Asking for directions, Planning a holiday
Present, past and future tenses.
Comparatives and superlatives.
Prepositions and connectives
Structures + infinitives
Impersonal verbs
Spanish jokes!
Year 9 Discussing holidays
Media and technology
Making arrangements
Describing people
Talking about relationships
Spanish idioms

The study of Spanish 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. Homework will be a mixture of different tasks e.g learning vocabulary, reading tasks, writing tasks, online homework (set on Active Learn) researching information or creative activities.

 

If you have any queries, please contact Miss L Foreman L.foreman@eatonbank.org

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 AQA 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. (AQA marked)
Speaking (teacher examiner) 25% Role-play and picture based task.
Reading and Understanding 25% Examination at end of Year 11. (AQA 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 – 9). 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.

For more information, please contact Miss Foreman l.foreman@eatonbank.org

 

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