John Willmott School

Modern Foreign Languages

Key Stage 3

In Year 7, students spend the first half term learning the skills which they will need to use in order to make progress in their learning of a new language. Such skills include how to use a bi-lingual dictionary, how to ‘learn’ new vocabulary, how to communicate verbally and non-verbally and how to pronounce and read new words using French phonics. Students will complete baseline assessments within the first half term in order to set them accordingly.

Year 7 students will learn how to describe art and give their opinion on it, how to describe people through a topic on ‘spies and villains’, learn about Francophone countries and their cultures and customs, learn about how to describe their school and finally learn about hobbies and sports. Within these topics students will start to grasp French grammar by learning how to use the present tense and the future tense. They will also learn how to give positive and negative opinions and how to extend their writing, all of which is important information for GCSE.

In Year 8 students will continue to build on their previous knowledge from Year 7. They will complete modules on places in a town, jobs, food and healthy lifestyles, film, clothes and holidays. Within these modules they will revise the present and future tense as well as being introduced to the past tense. They will understand and communicate information developing and justifying points of view with increased spontaneity, independence and accuracy and be ready for further study at KS4.

Key Stage 4

At the start of KS4 in Year 9 students will make the transition to GCSE style work and focus on developing their skills as well as starting to extend their knowledge and understanding of grammar more fully. Students in set one choose between Spanish and French, with the remainder of students studying French.

They will complete a topic based on Francophone/Hispanic countries, will learn about French/Spanish culture including music and film and will learn about new technologies. Next they will learn the first topic on the syllabus which is ‘healthy lifestyles’. At KS4 in Years 10 and 11 students will study topics based around the contexts of family and relationships, leisure, home and environment and finally work and education.

In Year 9 students will study languages for 2 hours per week, which then rises to 5 hours per fortnight in Year 10. We follow the AQA syllabus and students will take examinations in the components of Listening and Reading at the end of Year 11. They will also be assessed in Speaking and Writing, submitting 2 Controlled Assessments in each skill, which will be carried out during the 2 year course.

Languages Outside of the Classroom

  • Yearly trip to France for students studying French – 2014 Paris, 2015 Northern France
  • Day trip to France in activities week
  • KS4 Spanish restaurant visit

How to Improve

  • Read the teacher’s comments about your work and take action where necessary
  • Refer to the level or grade descriptors in your red folder
  • Review work frequently
  • Keep up to date with learning vocabulary
  • Ask the teacher if you do not fully understand what has been taught in the lesson
  • GCSE - use the text book to help practise exam style questions and consolidate the lessons
  • GCSE - use the assessment criteria and examination reports you are given to make sure you carry out the controlled assessments properly