The Holy Trinity Church of England Secondary School

Modern Foreign Languages

Head of Department: 

Dept. Office: 160 and 161

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Staff Team:

Mr K Green

Mrs S Whelan

Miss S Burch

Miss L McGreevy

Please scroll down to see the curriculum information for each year group.

French Year 7 

What is the Aim of the Year? 

This year, students will have the opportunity to learn the basics of French, building upon any language they have learnt at Primary School. The main language focus for this year is simple sentence structure and giving personal opinions with reasons. We also introduce the present tense, which students will build upon across the following years.

What are the Big Ideas?  

 Students will develop their skills in the 4 main assessment areas, as well as their grammatical knowledge and cultural awareness of France and French speaking countries:

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing

What will I Do? 

C’est moi! - All about me

You will learn how to introduce yourself, give some basic information about yourself (age, birthday etc.) and also talk about what pets you have. You will also learn how to greet people in different situations.

Ma famille - My family

You will learn how to talk about yourself and your family, describing what they look like and their character.

Mon Collège - School

You will learn how to talk about subjects you study, giving opinions and talking about your school.

Passe-temps - Hobbies and free-time

You will learn how to conjugate verbs in the present tense and will be able to describe your free time activities.

Bon appétit - Food and drink

You will learn how to talk about your meal times and what you like and don’t like eating. You will also learn about French food.

The order of the units may be changed during the year.

Assessment :

Reading and listening will be assessed at the end of each unit. Speaking and writing will be assessed twice per year.

There will also be a year 7 examination which will include reading, listening, writing and translation – both from French and into French. The examination will include material from all the topic areas covered in year 7 until that point.   

Useful Links: 

www.linguascope.com – excellent for vocabulary activities. See your teachers for the username and password.

www.languagesonline.org.uk – excellent website to practise grammar and vocabulary.

www.memrise.com – excellent website for learning and broadening vocabulary – you will need to search for a relevant KS3 French course on there.

www.vocabexpress.com – excellent website for learning and broadening vocabulary. 

French Year 8

What is the Aim of the Year? 

Having spent last year focusing on opinions and basic sentence structure, this year students develop their knowledge and awareness of the past, present and future tenses, as well as broadening their knowledge of vocabulary. Students will start moving away from working at sentence level, and will develop their skills in writing in more depth on a range of topics.

What are the Big Ideas?  

 Students will develop their skills in the 4 main assessment areas, as well as their grammatical knowledge and cultural awareness of France and French speaking countries:

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing

What will I Do? 

Chez moi - Describing where you live

You will learn how to describe your house and rooms in detail using adjective endings. You will also learn how to talk about your dream house and how to say what chores you do around the house.

Pour gagner de l’argent – Pocket money

You will learn how to talk about your pocket money, including saying what you do with it. You will also learn how to talk about chores you have to do to earn your money. The topic will be completed by talking about jobs various people do and also what jobs you would like to do in future.

La télé et le cinéma - TV and cinema

You will learn how to talk about what you watch at home and at the cinema, giving detailed opinions on types of films and programmes. You will also start learning how to form and use the future tense.

La musique et la technologie - Music and technology

You will learn how to express preferences for different types of music. You will develop your cultural awareness by listening to and critiquing some authentic music from the French speaking world. You will also be able to talk about how you use new technology.

Ma ville - My town

You will learn how to describe where you live, revisiting using adjective endings.

The order of the units may be changed during the year.

Assessment :

Reading and listening will be assessed at the end of each unit. Speaking and writing will be assessed twice per year.

There will also be a Year 8 examination which will include reading, listening, writing and translation – both from French and into French. The examination will include material from all the topic areas covered in Year 8 until that point.  

Useful Links: 

www.linguascope.com – excellent for vocabulary activities. See your teachers for the username and password.

www.languagesonline.org.uk – excellent website to practise grammar and vocabulary.

www.memrise.com – excellent website for learning and broadening vocabulary – you will need to search for a relevant KS3 French course on there.

www.vocabexpress.com – excellent website for learning and broadening vocabulary.

 

French Year 9 GCSE AQA Code 8658, Spanish GCSE AQA Code 8698

What is the Aim of the Year? 

As the new GCSE has a lot of content compared to the previous specification, students will start the GCSE course at the beginning of Year 9. The GCSE course revisits some of the topics studied at KS3, but delves deeper into them; grammatical accuracy is a focus of the GCSE so we will recap grammatical points learnt in Year 7 and 8 and we will also have a focus on learning the past tense this year.

What are the Big Ideas?  

Students will develop their skills in the 4 main assessment areas, as well as their grammatical knowledge and cultural awareness of France/Spain and French/Spanish speaking countries:

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing

What will I Do? 

Spanish beginners will have a half term unit where they will learn the basics such as numbers, months, greetings etc.

The order of the units will be adjusted so that students studying both French and Spanish won’t do the same topic in both subjects at the same time. If time allows we will also cover an additional unit – this is still to be decided, but will be from the GCSE course detailed on the pages for Years 10 and 11. 

My family and friends

  • Who is in your family? Who do you get on with? Why?

Future plans

  • Do you want to get married? Do you want to have children? Why (not)?

Festivals and celebrations

  • Celebrations and festivals in the UK
  • Celebrations and festivals around the world

Food and drink

  • What do you like to eat and drink?
  • Eating out
  • Buying food at a market/in shops

Hobbies and free time activities

  • Sport
  • Music
  • Film and Television 

Assessment :

Reading and listening will be assessed at the end of each unit. Speaking and writing will be assessed at the end of every other unit on an alternating basis.

There will be a year 9 examination which will include reading, listening, writing and translation – both from French/Spanish and into French/Spanish.  

Useful Links: 

www.linguascope.com – excellent for vocabulary activities. See your teachers for the username and password.

www.languagesonline.org.uk – excellent website to practise grammar and vocabulary.

www.memrise.com – excellent website for learning and broadening vocabulary – you will need to search for a relevant GCSE French/Spanish course on there.

www.vocabexpress.com – excellent website for learning and broadening vocabulary and it is directly linked with the AQA specification, plus students will have access to KS3 vocabulary lists to revise.

www.kerboodle.com – skills practice and vocabulary

www.aqa.org.uk – the examination board website. You can access the specification here and also some assessment materials. 

GCSE French AQA Code 8658, German Code 8668, Spanish 8698

What is the Aim of the Course? 

Learning a language is an extremely useful skill for life; you will expand your cultural knowledge and develop your language skills. The course has been written to allow students of all abilities to develop their skills to their full potential and to allow them to be able to communicate in a range of contexts with confidence.

Exam Assessment Details 

There will be 4 examinations at the end of the course, each of which is worth 25% of the overall GCSE.

There will be examinations in:

  • speaking
  • writing
  • listening
  • reading

You will be entered for the higher tier (grades 4-9) or the foundation tier (grades 1-5); the decision as to which tier you will be entered for will be made in conjunction with students and will be made part way through Year 11.

What will I Do?  

The order of the units may be adjusted for some groups if they have dual linguists in them.

Relationships with family and friends and Marriage and Partnership

Social Media and Mobile Technology

Free time activities including: Music, Cinema and TV, Food and eating out, and Sport

Customs and Festivals

Home, town, neighbourhood and region

Social issues including: charity work and healthy living

Global issues including: the Environment and Poverty and homelessness

Travel and tourism including: Holidays and travel, regions of France, Germany or Spain

My Studies

Life at School/College

Education Post 16

Jobs, career choices and ambitions

Internal Assessments 

Reading and listening will be assessed at the end of each unit. Speaking and writing will be assessed at the end of every other unit on an alternating basis.

In the Year 10 exam period you will sit foundation papers in reading, listening and writing. We aim to conduct a speaking exam at about the same time.

In the Year 11 mock exam period you will sit papers in reading, listening and writing; the majority of you will do both the foundation and higher tier as this will help us to decide which tier to enter you for. We aim to conduct a mock speaking exam at about the same time.

Click the Link for:

Course Specification/ Syllabus

Past papers

Useful Links: 

www.linguascope.com – excellent for vocabulary activities. See your teachers for the username and password.

www.languagesonline.org.uk – excellent website to practise grammar and vocabulary.

www.memrise.com – excellent website for learning and broadening vocabulary – you will need to search for a relevant GCSE French/German/Spanish course on there.

www.vocabexpress.com – excellent website for learning and broadening vocabulary and it is directly linked with the AQA specification.

www.kerboodle.com – skills practice and vocabulary

www.aqa.org.uk – the examination board website. You can access the specification here and also some assessment materials.