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Modern Languages

The study of Modern Foreign Languages teaches and encourages respect for others: it fosters an understanding of the interrelation of language and human nature. Foreign languages expand a student’s view of the world, liberalise one's experiences, and makes them more flexible and tolerant. With France and Spain remaining the most visited countries for British tourists French and Spanish continue to be relevant subject for students today.

KS3 French & Spanish

Modern Foreign Language lessons at Oaks Park High School are centred around interactive and creative  games and teamwork led by a successful team of skilled teachers. Key Stage 3 French students build on their existing knowledge of Modern Foreign Languages by enhancing their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. By the end of the course our students grow in confidence and create the best foundations for GCSEs in French as well as many other subjects. This is because the course helps them to develop various transferable skills for communication, literacy and problem solving. The topics covered enable students to enhance their cultural awareness, engage in critical thinking and explore their creativity.

Year 7 French

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3

Introductions and meeting people
My school bag and the alphabet
Counting up to 20, dates and birthdays
In the classroom
Colours
My survival kit!
Describing myself and others – likes, dislikes, personality and physical descriptions

School subjects, opinions and reasons
Telling the time, school timetable
Differences between French and British schools
Talking about food
Modern technology
Sports and hobbies
Describing what other people do

Where I live – towns and villages
Lost in the theme park! Giving and asking for directions
Weekend activities
Holidays!
Getting ready to go out – daily routine
Au Café de la plage – buying snacks and drinks
My dreams what I would like to do in the future

Year 8 French

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Television and cinema
Reading, book genres
The internet
A week in Paris!
Les catacombs! (The Dungeons of Paris) understanding information about a tourist attraction
Who stole the Mona Lisa? Solving a mystery in French
My personality – describing myself and others
Relationships with friends and family
My music tastes
My style! Clothes and fashion
My hobbies – what I am passion about
Where I live and my home
Meals and food
Carnaval!
Talent and ambition
Encouraging, motivating and persuading language
Talent contest
Who is the best – comparing stars
World geography and French-speaking countries
Science in French – how to plant a garden
The French Revolution

Year 7 Spanish

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Introducing myself
Numbers and colours
Describing objects
School subjects
School life
Describing personality
Giving opinions and reasons
Talking about my family
Pets
Describing appearance and character
Talking about my town
Describing my home
Talking about activities I do at home
Free time
Telling the time
Sports
Opinions on activities
Talking about future plans
Describing my town in detail
Responding to invitations
Weather
My weekend plans

Year 8 Spanish

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Presenting myself
Describing friends
Describing celebrities
Daily routine
Nationalities
Places in town
Making plans
Invitations
Making excuses
Talking about other peoples’ points of view
Talking about past holidays
Discussing travel
Talking about past activities
Expressing opinions on past events
Talking about past events in detail
Mealtimes
Shopping
In the restaurant
Talking about a past meal
Likes and dislikes
Clothes
School uniform
Discussing preferences
Clothes in other countries
Barcelona
Types of shop
Giving and asking for directions
Describing a holiday in a city


How will pupils be assessed?

Students complete weekly homework. This will consist of spelling/phrase learning for class tests or a worksheet designed to consolidate classroom learning.

Students complete continual, formative mini-assessments in class and termly summative assessments which assess five skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing and translation. For these assessments, students will receive a grade for each of the skills. 

How can you support your child?

Checking what homework they have been set/when it is due and offering assistance in completing this. Testing your child on vocabulary and grammar using vocabulary lists they have been given and notes they have made in class.

KS4 French

EDEXCEL 

All topics have a focus on listening, speaking, reading and writing. We will also develop our skills of translation and literature comprehension within each topic.

Year 9

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Talking about Facebook
Giving your opinion about someone
Arranging to go out
Describing a date
Describing a music event
Learning the parts of the body
Talking about sport
Learning about healthy living
Making plans to get fit
Describing levels of fitness
Describing jobs
Learning languages
Saying what you used to do
Discussing your future and your past
Talking about your job
Discussing holidays
Imagining adventure holidays
Talking about what you take with you on holiday
Describing what happened on holiday
Visiting a tourist attractio
Discussing what you are allowed to do
Explaining what’s important to you
Talking about things you buy
Describing what makes you happy
Focus on speaking skills
Focus on writing skills
Focus on speaking skills
Focus on writing skills
Focus on literature
Focus on literature

Year 10

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Revising family and describing people
Revising places in town and activities
Talking about friends and what makes a good friend
Talking about family relationships
Making arrangements to go out
Describing a night out with friends
Talking about your life when you were younger
Discussing role models
Revising sport and music
Revising technology, films and TV
Talking about sport
Talking about your life online
Talking about books and reading
Talking about TV programmes
Talking about actors and films
Talking about food and meals
Discussing and shopping for clothes
Describing your daily life
Talking about food for special occasions
Using polite language
Describing family celebrations
Describing festivals and traditions
Talking about where you live, weather and transport
Describing a town and asking the way
Describing a region
Talking about your town, village or district
Discussing what to see and do
Discussing plans and the weather

Year 11

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Describing community projects
Talking about what you normally do on holiday
Talking about holidays (past, present, future)
Talking about an ideal holiday
Booking and reviewing hotels
Ordering in a restaurant
Talking about travelling
Buying souvenirs
Talking about holiday disasters
Revising school subjects
Talking about your school
Comparing school in the UK and French-speaking countries
Discussing school rules
Talking about getting the best out of school
Talking about a school exchange
Discussing jobs and work preferences
Discussing career choices
Talking about plans, hopes and wishes
Discussing the importance of languages
Applying for jobs
Understanding case studies
Talking about what makes you tick
Discussing problems facing the world
Talking about protecting the environment
Discussing ethical shopping
Talking about volunteering
Discussing big events

How will pupils be assessed?
Students complete weekly homework. This will consist of either online homework or spelling/phrase learning for class tests.

Students complete continual, formative mini-assessments in class and termly summative assessments which assess five skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing and translation. For these assessments, students will receive a grade for each of the skills.

At the end of the course, students will sit four papers. All four exams will be either at foundation level or higher level. Paper 1 is listening and understanding in French, paper 2 is speaking, paper 3 is reading and responding in Spanish and paper 4 is writing in French.

The speaking exam consists of three tasks. Task 1 is a role play, task 2 is questions based on a picture and task 3 is a conversation.

The reading paper includes a translation task from French into English.

The writing paper includes 2-3 open responses and a translation from English into French.

How can you support your child?
Checking what homework they have been set/when it is due and offering assistance in completing this. Testing your child on vocabulary and grammar using vocabulary lists they have been given and notes they have made in class.

Ensuring your child has purchased the Edexcel revision workbooks and guides and completes independent learning from said guides.

KS4 Spanish

EDEXCEL

All topics have a focus on listening, speaking, reading and writing. We will also develop our skills of translation and literature comprehension within each topic.

Year 9

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Talking about things you like
Talking about your week
Talking about films
Talking about a birthday
Talking about life as a celebrity
Saying what you have to do at work
Saying what job you would like to do
Talking about your future
Describing your job
Talking about diet
Talking about an active lifestyle
Talking about your daily routine
Talking about getting fit
Talking about ailments and illnesses
Talking about children’s’ rights
Talking about fair trade
Talking about recycling
Talking about how a town has changed
Meeting and greeting people
Talking about a treasure hunt
Discussing buying souvenirs
Saying what you will do
Focus on listening: Understanding descriptions of days out
Focus on reading: Coping with authentic texts
Focus on speaking skills: Giving a presentation about fitness and routine
Focus on writing: Writing about fundraising
Focus on speaking: Making yourself understood

Year 10

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Discussing holidays and weather
Saying what you do in summer
Talking about holiday preferences
Saying what you did on holiday
Describing where you stayed
Booking accommodation and dealing with problems.
Giving an account of a holiday in the past.
Giving opinions about school subjects
Describing school uniform and the school day
Talking about subjects and teachers
Describing your school
Talking about school rules and problems
Talking about plans for a school exchange
Talking about activities and achievements
Talking about socialising and family
Describing people
Talking about social networks
Making arrangements
Talking about reading preferences
Describing people
Talking about friends and family
Talking about free-time activities
Talking about TV programmes and films
Talking about what you usually do
Talking about sports
Talking about what’s trending
Discussing different types of entertainment
Talking about who inspires you

Year 11

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Talking about places in a town
Talking about shops
Describing the features of a region
Planning what to do
Shopping for clothes and presents
Talking about problems in a town
Describing a visit in the past
Describing mealtimes
Talking about illnesses and injuries
Talking about typical foods
Describing a special day
Ordering in a restaurant
Talking about a music festival
Talking about different jobs
Talking about how you earn money
Talking about work experience
Talking about the importance of learning languages
Applying for a summer job
Discussing gap years
Discussing plans for the future
Describing types of houses
Talking about healthy eating
Considering global issues
Talking about local actions
Discussing healthy lifestyles
Talking about work experience
Talking about international sporting events
Talking about natural disasters

How will pupils be assessed?
Students complete homework twice a week. This will consist of either online homework, a worksheet designed to consolidate classroom learning or spelling/phrase learning for class tests.

Students complete continual, formative mini-assessments in class and termly summative assessments which assess five skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing and translation. For these assessments, students will receive a grade for each of the skills.

At the end of the course, students will sit four papers. All four exams will be either at foundation level or higher level. Paper 1 is listening and understanding in Spanish, paper 2 is speaking, paper 3 is reading and responding in Spanish and paper 4 is writing in Spanish.

The speaking exam consists of three tasks. Task 1 is a role play, task 2 is questions based on a picture and task 3 is a conversation.

The reading paper includes a translation task from Spanish into English.

The writing paper includes 2-3 open responses and a translation from English into Spanish.

How can you support your child?
Checking what homework they have been set/when it is due and offering assistance in completing this. Testing your child on vocabulary and grammar using vocabulary lists they have been given and notes they have made in class. Ensuring your child has purchased the Edexcel revision workbooks and guides and completes independent learning from said guides