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Year 7 Languages

Pupils in Year 7 learn both French and Spanish, starting with Spanish in the Autumn term, followed by French in the Spring term and then half a term of each in the Summer. This builds on their foreign language experience at Primary School and provides them with a solid basis in both languages. They will have the opportunity at the end of Year 7 to choose which language(s) they will study in Year 8 and 9. They are currently taught in the same groups as in their English lessons, with some pupils taking extra English phonics classes.

 

Year 7 topics (in both French and Spanish and based on Métro 1 and Mira 1)

  • Alphabet
  • Phonics/Spelling
  • Greetings and introductions
  • Numbers, months and dates
  • Using a bilingual dictionary and basic grammar
  • Personality and opinions
  • Family and pets
  • Freetime activities
  • Describing your house
  • School and time
  • Describing your town

Useful Websites

www.linguascope.com (pupils will be given the log in details)

www.languagesonline.org.uk

www.espanol-extra.co.uk (pupils will be given the log in details)

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

www.wordreference.com

www.conjugation.org

 
A French and Spanish dictionary would also be very useful. Online translators are not recommended as the accuracy may vary.
 
Homework
Various homework tasks are set on a regular basis and may include learning vocabulary, reading, writing, preparing for speaking tests or research on a cultural topic. Parents can help by testing your child or by being ‘taught’ basic phrases. A Spanish taster session for parents is held in the Autumn term.
 

Trips and visits

 
 
All pupils are given the chance to visit Paris or Barcelona in the final weeks of the summer term in order to experience the culture and practise the language.
At the end of September, the MFL Department run a languages week with competitions, taster sessions and boules. 

There is also an opportunity to give workshops in the local primary schools in the summer term.

 

Year 8 Languages

Pupils will be in classes according to ability, with the top sets taking both French and Spanish (a term of each language until the end of year 9). Those who took extra English will also take Spanish in Year 8 and 9.

Year 8 French topics (based on Métro 2)

  • Talking about the past
  • Daily routines and invites 
  • Talking about family and friends
  • Dealing with illness (plus top set)
  • Food and shopping and restaurant role plays (plus top set)
  • A trip to Paris (plus top set)
  • Arranging accommodation
  • Year 8 Spanish topics (based on Mira 2)
  • Describing people and daily routine (plus top set)
  • Arranging to go out (plus top set)
  • Talking about past holidays
  • Food and ordering a meal
  • Describing clothes (plus top set)
  • Buildings in a town and asking for directions.

Year 8 Spanish topics (based on Mira 2)

  • Describing people and daily routine (plus top set)
  • Arranging to go out (plus top set)
  • Talking about past holidays
  • Food and ordering a meal
  • Describing clothes (plus top set)
  • Buildings in a town and asking for directions.

Useful Websites

www.linguascope.com (pupils will be given the log in details)

www.languagesonline.org.uk

www.espanol-extra.co.uk (pupils will be given the log in details)

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

www.wordreference.com

www.conjugation.org

A French and Spanish dictionary would also be very useful. Online translators are not recommended as the accuracy may vary.

Homework

Various homework tasks are set on a regular basis and may include learning vocabulary, reading, writing, preparing for speaking tests or research on a cultural topic. Parents can help by testing your child or by being ‘taught’ basic phrases.

Events

At the end of September, the MFL Department run a languages week with competitions, taster sessions and boules. 

There is also the opportunity to take part in a letter exchange with pupils in Spain and France.

Year 9 Languages

Pupils continue with the same languages as in Year 8. The top set will take 3 modules from French and 3 from Spanish.

Year 9 French topics (based on Métro 3, Expo 3 and Avantage)

  • Geography of France and where you live 
  • Crime au Château 
  • A week in Cornwall and future plans 
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Media
  • Transactional French – directions, restaurants, shopping, accommodation

Year 9 Spanish topics

  • Computers, TV, films and music
  • School
  • At the pharmacy and healthy lifestyles
  • Helping at home and future jobs
  • Spanish speaking countries and fair trade
  • Spanish customs and travel

 

Useful Websites

www.linguascope.com (pupils will be given the log in details)

www.languagesonline.org.uk

www.espanol-extra.co.uk (pupils will be given the log in details)

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

www.wordreference.com

www.conjugation.org

A French and Spanish dictionary would also be very useful. Online translators are not recommended as the accuracy may vary.

GCSE French and Spanish

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