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Wade Deacon High School

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Modern Foreign Languages

Curriculum Overview.

 

Progress report information.

 

In today’s global society, the advantages of learning a foreign language are endless. Learning a language is not only enjoyable, it improves a student’s cultural awareness, develops their adaptability, makes them more confident and effective communicators and improves their future employability. Therefore, we are very proud at Wade Deacon to provide every student with the opportunity to learn a language at Foundation Stage. Moreover, the majority of students continue to study French to GCSE level with some opting to take Spanish ab initio as a second language. Having a language enables pupils to achieve the English baccalaureate; a qualification held in high regard by sixth form colleges, universities and employers alike.

 

The curriculum is tailor made to challenge all our students to achieve their potential. Fun and engaging lessons provide students with the opportunity to rapidly improve their subject knowledge as well as significantly develop their cultural knowledge of the many Francophone and Spanish speaking countries around the world. Students in Years 7 and 8 have five to six French lessons every fortnight, with students in Years 9, 10 and 11 enjoying at least six lessons every two weeks.

 

In Years 7 and 8 students are grouped according to their literacy sets with differentiated lessons being delivered to support those with no prior language learning as well as challenge those who have some knowledge of the French language. At KS4 students are carefully set depending on their performance in the subject during the two previous academic years. Student progress is regularly reviewed at both Key Stages with intervention provided to students where necessary. Due to rigorous assessment and careful setting, movement between sets occurs on the rare occasion if the need arises.

 

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Curriculum Overview

 

Year 7

 

Autumn Term - Madagascar

 

  • Content: Greetings, alphabet, numbers, days and months, personal information
  • Grammar: Genders/Adjectival agreements/ Present tense verbs/Time phrases/Opinions
  • Skills: Listening/Speaking/Reading/Writing
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Spring Term – Ma vie

 

  • Content: Family, house and home
  • Grammar: Genders/Present and future tenses/Prepositions/Extended sentence components
  • Skills: Listening/Speaking/Reading/Writing

 

Summer Term – La Tour de France

 

  • School/Hobbies
  • Grammar: Higher level opinions/Past, present and future tenses
  • Skills: Listening/Speaking/Reading/Writing

 

Year 8

 

Autumn Term – Au Restaurant

 

  • Content: Food and drink
  • Grammar: Genders/Manger and boire/Partitive article/Past and future tenses
  • Skills: Listening/Speaking/Reading/Writing

 

Spring Term – En France

 

  • Content: Town/Jobs and future plans
  • Grammar: Prepositions/Higher level opinions/Past, present and future tenses
  • Skills: Listening/Speaking/Reading/Writing

 

Summer Term – Bon Voyage

 

  • Content: Holidays/Media and culture
  • Grammar: All tenses revisited/Higher level opinions/Negatives
  • Skills: Listening/Speaking/Reading/Writing

 

Year 9 – French

 

Autumn Term

 

  • Content: Life as a celebrity
  • Grammar: Reflexive verbs and daily routine/Higher level opinions/Present, past and future tenses
  • GCSE Skill: Writing

 

Spring Term

 

  • Content: Life as a celebrity
  • Grammar: Reflexive verbs and daily routine/Higher level opinions/Present, past and future tenses
  • GCSE Skill: Writing

 

Summer Term

 

Content: Life as a celebrity

Grammar: Reflexive verbs and daily routine/Higher level opinions/Present, past and future tenses

GCSE Skill: Writing/Reading/Listening

 

 

Year 9 – Spanish

 

Autumn Term

 

  • Content: Life as a teenager
  • Grammar: Reflexive verbs and daily routine/Higher level opinions/Present, past and future tenses
  • GCSE Skill: Writing

 

Spring Term

 

  • Content: Life as a teenager
  • Grammar: Reflexive verbs and daily routine/Higher level opinions/Present, past and future tenses
  • GCSE Skill: Writing

 

Summer Term

 

  • Content: Life as a teenager
  • Grammar: Reflexive verbs and daily routine/Higher level opinions/Present, past and future tenses
  • GCSE Skill: Writing

 

Year 10

 

Autumn Term

 

  • Content: Home and environment
  • Grammar: Higher level opinions/Past tense/Future tense
  • GCSE Skill: Speaking

 

Spring Term

 

  •  Content: Home and environment/Careers and work experience
  •  Grammar: Adjectival endings/Pouvoir/Higher level opinions
  •  GCSE Skill: Speaking

 

Summer Term

 

  •  Content: Careers and work experience
  •  Grammar: Past tense/Future and Conditional tenses
  •  GCSE Skill: Speaking

 

Year 11

 

Autumn Term

 

  • Content: Holidays
  • Grammar: Consolidation of all tenses including conditional/Higher level opinions
  • GCSE Skill: Writing

 

Spring Term

 

  •  Content: Life as a celebrity/Listening and reading topics
  •  Grammar: Reflexives/ Higher level opinions /Consolidation of all tenses
  •  GCSE Skill: Writing/Listening/Reading

Summer Term

 

  • Content: Listening and reading topics
  • GCSE Skill: Listening/Reading

 

Reporting

 

Year 7:

 

In Year 7, students will learn the core subject and grammar knowledge in order to succeed in French. For those students with prior knowledge of the subject, this will be an opportunity to consolidate their learning as well as to develop their higher level thinking skills. Throughout the year, students will be assessed on all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) in order to develop as linguists.

 

Minimum expected grades (MEGs) are the minimum “levels” that our students are aiming for by the end of Year 7. Our MEGs are literacy based; therefore as many students have had no previous ‘formal’ instruction in French, they may not achieve their MEG by P2S1, 2 or 3. However, they will be making steady progress towards their MEG during Year 7, providing that their Behaviour and Attitude to Learning (AtL) is at least good. As a result, a student’s Behaviour and AtL score in Year 7 is a good indication of how they are progressing towards their MEG.

 

Please see below for a breakdown of the skills assessed at each round of P2S and the maximum level that the students can achieve at each assessment point. Furthermore, all 4 skills will initially be tested at P2S1 in order to gauge the existing knowledge that the students have of French and then again at P2S4 to assess a student’s progression.

 

P2S 1: Listening/Speaking/Reading/Writing

 

            Max. level: 4a

 

P2S 2: Listening/Writing

 

            Max. level: 5a

 

P2S 3: Speaking/Reading

 

            Max. level: 6c

 

P2S 4: Listening/Speaking/Reading/Writing

 

            Max. level: 6a

 

Year 8:

 

In Year 8, students will consolidate and build upon the progress that they made in Year 7. Students will study a variety of topics and grammar concepts in order to effectively prepare for Key Stage 4 and the GCSE French course which starts in Year 9. Throughout the year, students will be assessed on all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) in order to develop as linguists.

 

Minimum expected grades (MEGs) are the minimum “levels” that our students are aiming for by the end of Year 8. Therefore, they may not achieve their MEG at P2S1, 2 or 3.  However, students will make steady progress towards their MEG during Year 8, providing that their Behaviour and Attitude to Learning (AtL) is at least good. As a result, a student’s Behaviour and AtL score in Year 8 is a good indication of how they are progressing towards their MEG.

 

Please see below for a breakdown of the skills assessed at each round of P2S and the maximum level that the students can achieve at each assessment point.

 

P2S 1: Reading and Writing

 

            Max. level:  6c

 

P2S 2: Speaking and Listening

 

             Max. level:  6a

 

P2S 3: Reading and Writing

 

            Max. level:  7c

 

P2S 4: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing

 

            Max. level: 7b

 

Year 9 - French:   

 

In Year 9, all students will be focusing on completing one written controlled assessments (worth 15% of the course) which will take place in April/May. In addition to the controlled assessments, students will sit reading and listening past papers throughout the year to ensure that they are effectively prepared for the Unit 1 (Listening – 20% of the course) and Unit 2 (Reading – 20% of the course) examinations which will take place at the end of Year 11.

 

Minimum expected grades (MEGs) are the minimum GCSE grades that our students are aiming for by the end of Year 11. However, in Year 9, students receive a stepping MEG which is one grade below their Year 11 MEG. This provides students with an aspirational target to aim for by the end of the first year of a three year course. The grade that the students are given at every round of P2S is calculated by adding together the different components of the course that they have sat or in which they have completed a mock exam. Whilst students should achieve their MEG in the individual components, as certain elements of the course have not been completed by P2S1, 2 or 3, students may only achieve their stepping MEG by P2S4. However, they will be making steady progress towards their stepping MEG during Year 9, providing that their Behaviour and Attitude to Learning (AtL) is at least good. As a result, a student’s Behaviour and AtL score in Year 9 is a good indication of how they are progressing towards their stepping MEG.

 

Please see below for a breakdown of the elements that the students will have covered by each round of P2S and the maximum grade that they could achieve if the components were added together.

 

P2S 1: Unit 1 (Listening) 20%, Unit 2 (Reading) 20%, Unit 4 (Writing - 1 Mock assessment) 15%

 

            Max. grade:  F

 

P2S 2: Unit 1 (Listening) 20%, Unit 2 (Reading) 20%, (Writing - 1 Mock assessment) 15%

 

            Max. grade:  E

 

P2S 3: Unit 1 (Listening) 20%, Unit 2 (Reading) 20%, Unit 4 (Writing - 1 Mock Assessment) 15%

 

             Max. grade:  D

 

P2S 4: Unit 1 (Listening) 20%, Unit 2 (Reading) 20%, Unit 4 (Writing - 1 Controlled assessment) 15%

 

             Max. grade:  D

 

Year 9 - Spanish:  

 

In Year 9, students who opted to study Spanish ab initio will be focusing on completing one written controlled assessments (worth 15% of the course) which will take place in July. In addition to the controlled assessment, students will sit reading and listening past papers throughout the year to ensure that they are effectively prepared for the Unit 1 (Listening – 20% of the course) and Unit 2 (Reading – 20% of the course) examinations which will take place at the end of Year 11.

 

Minimum expected grades (MEGs) are the minimum GCSE grades that our students are aiming for by the end of Year 11. However, in Year 9, students receive a stepping MEG which is one grade below their Year 11 MEG. This provides students with an aspirational target to aim for by the end of the first year of a three year course. The grade that the students are given at every round of P2S is calculated by adding together the different components of the course that they have sat or in which they have completed a mock exam. Whilst students should achieve their MEG in the individual components, as certain elements of the course have not been completed by P2S1, 2 or 3, students may only achieve their stepping MEG by P2S4. However, they will be making steady progress towards their stepping MEG during Year 9, providing that their Behaviour and Attitude to Learning (AtL) is at least good. As a result, a student’s Behaviour and AtL score in Year 9 is a good indication of how they are progressing towards their stepping MEG.

 

Please see below for a breakdown of the elements that the students will have covered by each round of P2S and the maximum grade that they could achieve if the components were added together.

 

P2S 1: Unit 2 (Reading) 20%, Written assessment - Unit 4 (Writing - 1 Mock assessment)

 

            Max. grade:  G

 

P2S 2: Unit 1 (Listening) 20%, Unit 2 (Reading) 20%, (Writing - 1 Mock assessment)

 

Max. grade:  F/G

 

P2S 3: Unit 1 (Listening) 20%, Unit 2 (Reading) 20%, Unit 4 (Writing - 1 Mock assessment) 15%

 

Max. grade:  E/F

 

P2S 4: Unit 1 (Listening) 20%, Unit 2 (Reading) 20%, Unit 4 (Writing - 1 Controlled assessment) 15%

 

Max. grade:  E

 

Year 10:    

 

During Year 10, all students will be focusing on completing two speaking controlled assessments (worth 30% of the course) which will take place in January and June 2014. The results that the students achieve in these assessments will be added to the written controlled assessment scores that they achieved in Year 9 (worth 30% of the course). In addition to the controlled assessments, students will sit reading and listening past papers throughout the year to ensure that they are effectively prepared for the Unit 1 (Listening – 20%) and Unit 2 (Reading – 20%) examinations which will take place at the end of Year 11.

 

Minimum expected grades (MEGs) are the minimum GCSE grades that our students are aiming for by the end of Year 11. The grade that the students are given at every round of P2S is calculated by adding together the different components of the course that they have sat or in which they have completed a mock exam. Whilst students should achieve their MEG in the individual components, they may not be achieving their MEG for the overall subject as certain elements of the course have not yet been completed by P2S1, 2 or 3. However, they will be making steady progress towards their MEG during Year 10, providing that their Behaviour and Attitude to Learning (AtL) is at least good. As a result, a student’s Behaviour and AtL score in Year 10 is a good indication of how they are progressing towards their MEG.

 

Please see below for a breakdown of the elements that the students will have covered by each round of P2S and the maximum grade that they could achieve if the components were added together.

 

P2S 1: Unit 1 (Listening) 20%, Unit 2 (Reading) 20%, Unit 3 (Speaking - 1 Mock assessment) 15%, Unit 4 (Writing - 2 Controlled assessments) 30%

 

              Max. grade:  C

 

P2S 2: Unit 1 (Listening) 20%, Unit 2 (Reading) 20%, Unit 3 (Speaking - 1 Controlled assessment) 15%, Unit 4 (Writing - 2 Controlled assessments) 30%

 

              Max. grade:  A

 

P2S 3: Unit 1 (Listening) 20%, Unit 2 (Reading) 20%, Unit 3 (Speaking - 1 Controlled assessment and 1 Mock assessment) 30%, Unit 4 (Writing - 2 Controlled assessments) 30%

 

             Max. grade:  A*

 

P2S 4: Unit 1 (Listening) 20%, Unit 2 (Reading) 20%, Unit 3 (Speaking - 2 Controlled assessments) 30%, Unit 4 (Writing - 2 Controlled assessments) 30%

 

              Max. grade:  A*

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Year 11:

 

Initially in Year 11, all students will be focusing on completing any outstanding controlled assessments (2 speaking and 2 written controlled assessments - worth 60% of the course). In addition to the controlled assessments, students will then prepare for the Unit 1 (Listening – 20%) and Unit 2 (Reading – 20%) examinations which will take place at the end of Year 11. Therefore, they will regularly sit reading and listening past papers throughout the year to assess their progress.

 

Minimum expected grades (MEGs) are the minimum GCSE grades that our students are aiming for by the end of Year 11. The grade that the students are given at every round of P2S is calculated by adding together the different components of the course that they have sat or in which they have completed a mock exam. Whilst students should achieve their MEG in the individual components, they may not be achieving their MEG for the overall subject as certain elements of the course have not yet been completed by P2S1 or 2. However, they will be making steady progress towards achieving their MEG by the end of Year 11, providing that their Behaviour and Attitude to Learning (AtL) is at least good. As a result, a student’s Behaviour and AtL score in Year 11 is a good indication of how they are progressing towards their MEG.

 

Please see below for a breakdown of the elements that the students will have covered by each round of P2S and the maximum grade that they could achieve if the components were added together.

 

P2S 1: Unit 1 (Listening) 20%, Unit 2 (Reading) 20%, Unit 3 (Speaking - 2 controlled assessments) 30%, Unit 4 (Writing - 2 Controlled assessments) 30%

 

              Max. grade:  A*

 

P2S 2: Unit 1 (Listening) 20%, Unit 2 (Reading) 20%, Unit 3 (Speaking - 2 controlled assessments) 30%, Unit 4 (Writing - 2 Controlled assessments) 30%

 

              Max. grade:  A*

 

P2S 3: Unit 1 (Listening) 20%, Unit 2 (Reading) 20%, Unit 3 (Speaking - 2 controlled assessments) 30%, Unit 4 (Writing - 2 Controlled assessments) 30%

 

              Max. grade:  A*

 

P2S 4: Unit 1 (Listening) 20%, Unit 2 (Reading) 20%, Unit 3 (Speaking - 2 controlled assessments) 30%, Unit 4 (Writing - 2 Controlled assessments) 30%

 

              Max. grade:  A*

Leader of Faculty

Ms C. Whitfield

KS4 Leader

Mr D. Annable

Foundation Leader

Ms G. Rafferty

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