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On arrival, in Year 5, pupils will have studied some Spanish for at least two years at their Feeder First School. They extend their knowledge of Spanish throughout the year, having one lesson per week, taught in Mixed Ability classes. They may then keep their Spanish up to scratch by attending Spanish Club during lunch hours. Spanish can also be picked up again in Year 8 Curriculum Enrichment and in Year 9 at Westwood College.

In Year 6, pupils begin a full language course in French, with two lessons per week, taught in Mixed Ability classes. This continues into Years 7 and 8. There are opportunities to use websites and readers outside of lessons.

In Year 8, pupils may opt for a short course in Italian, German or Spanish for one term each as part of the School’s Curriculum Enrichment Programme.  

We have a wide range of extra-curricular activities, including the annual Year 7 Visit to France, visiting French Actors, the French Café on Open Evening, lunch time Language Club and the celebration of the European Day of Languages.

We offer pupils the chance to purchase language magazines and we also recommend a full list of useful websites. 

In Year 9 at Westwood College, pupils will continue to study French and will also be offered classes in German or Spanish, before choosing their G.C.S.E. options for Year 10.

Course content

Year 5 Spanish
Pupils learn to greet people, to talk about themselves or others, their families, their homes, their pets, their likes and dislikes, the weather, Spanish money, school and some basic leisure activities. They learn numbers, days, months, dates, food, colours, descriptions of people and classroom objects. They learn the concepts of number and gender, the use of adjectives, simple negatives and the Present Tense of a common verb. They learn some facts about Spain and Spanish festivals.

Year 6 French
Pupils learn to greet people, to talk about themselves and others, their families, their homes, their pets, their likes and dislikes, the weather and some basic leisure activities. They learn numbers, days, months, dates, clothes, colours, names of classroom objects and how to describe facial features. They learn more about the concepts of number and gender, the use of adjectives including possessives, simple negatives and the Present Tense of the irregular verbs to be and to have. They learn some facts about France.

Year 7 French
Pupils learn to ask for and give directions, to ask for items in shops and in restaurants, to tell the time, to describe their school day, to respond politely to enquiries, to express opinions and to talk about sport and leisure and to use French Money. They learn names of places in a town, ordinal numbers, school subjects, food and drink, shops, names of sports and musical instruments. They learn the Present Tense of regular -er verbs, as well as some common irregular verbs. They are introduced to some basic past and future tense phrases. They learn Reflexive Verbs in the Present Tense. They learn more possessive adjectives, the partitive article, how to use à and de with the definite article, the negative and several prepositions. They learn some facts about life in France and its towns.

Year 8 French
Pupils learn names of countries, modes of transport, gifts and souvenirs, parts of the body and common illnesses. They learn to describe their plans for the weekend, to give a detailed account of a past holiday.  They learn to give opinions and reasons, to say where it hurts and to ask questions.

They learn the Present Tense of regular –ir and –re verbs, as well as some common irregular verbs. They use verbs in the Future, the Perfect and the Imperative and work with more adjectives, adverbs, connectives and pronouns. 


Skills
Pupils learn to ask and answer questions orally, to pronounce foreign words accurately, to participate in simple conversations and to give short presentations. They learn to  understand progressively more difficult pieces spoken and written in the foreign language by following simple strategies. They learn to follow instructions given in the language. They learn to formulate sentences and paragraphs, firstly by following examples and, later, independently. They learn to redraft written work, including the use of ICT and to use ICT programs to learn and consolidate vocabulary. They learn to memorise vocabulary and grammar, to use a bilingual dictionary and to read simple books in French. They gain a deeper understanding of grammar, especially verb tenses.

Recommended websites

linguascope
bbc languages
languages on line

 

Schemes of Work

 

 

  Last updated 22/09/2015
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