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Head of Department

Ms A Griffith

a.griffith@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk

Powerful Knowledge

Powerful knowledge in MFL is understanding how language is formed, knowing how to communicate effectively and developing an understanding of the wider world beyond the students' everyday experience.

Curriculum Intent

The MFL department at the Kingsway school aim to make language learning a rewarding, confidence-building and enjoyable experience. Students will develop a wide range of transferable and lifelong learning skills including: collaboration, independence, resilience, tolerance, creativity, development of memory and oracy. Students will learn to look for and spot patterns in language, and learn how words are connected and can be put together successfully. They will develop a wide range of vocabulary and their knowledge of the target language will encourage them to be reflective about their own language, thus improving their literacy skills and vocabulary in their own language.

Furthermore, learning a foreign language will enable students to develop a strong understanding of the world beyond their own viewpoint and everyday experience; they will learn that the world is diverse and rich in different cultures, history, customs and perspectives which may be different from their own. Finally, our Key Stage 3 curriculum will give students the necessary foundations for beginning the GCSE course. Schemes of work have been carefully sequenced so that students are able to build up a secure knowledge of grammatical structures. Our teaching of grammar should always lead to an improvement in students’ abilities to use the language independently and creatively.

Year 7 French

(5 lessons per cycle French)

In year 7 students will learn that active participation is essential in the learning of a language, and that they should listen and follow their teachers’ lead. We will endeavour to make them feel “comfortable” out of their comfort zone as they settle into their language lessons; for example, when listening to the teacher speak in the target language, or pronouncing difficult words. They will learn the basic patterns of pronunciation so that they are able to speak confidently, contributing to lessons at every opportunity. We will challenge students to use their memory in lessons, with a focus on recall and retrieval of knowledge. Students will learn the first building blocks of accurate sentence structure.

Knowledge

Students will know the following linguistic and grammatical knowledge:

  • Key phonemes
  • Articles
  • Possessive adjectives (my & your)
  • Adjective position & agreement
  • Regular -er verbs in present tense
  • Key irregular verbs in present tense (avoir, être, faire, aller)
  • Basic connectives, time sequencers and intensifiers
  • C’est & il y a

Contexts

  • Meeting & greeting
  • Friends, family & descriptions
  • Where I live
  • School life & routine
  • Town
  • Clothes

Skills

Students will be able to:

  • Speak with accurate pronunciation of familiar words.
  • Ask and answer questions, and take part in a short conversation.
  • Produce a short, accurate text (30-40 words) on familiar contexts from memory.
  • Write with accurate punctuation.
  • Begin to add details and more varied vocab to their work (e.g. some basic intensifiers & time sequencers).
  • Express opinions, with some reasons in extended sentences using basic connectives.
  • Use resources e.g. ex book, textbook to check accuracy of work.
  • Respond to teacher feedback by improving their work through error correction and adding extra detail, with guidance.
  • Use strategies to help understand unfamiliar language e.g. looking/listening for cognates and key words.

Term 1

  • Greeting
  • Classroom language
  • Colours
  • Days
  • Alphabet
  • Age & Birthday
  • Family
  • Pets
  • Descriptions

Term 2

  • Where you live
  • House
  • Bedroom
  • Morning & evening routine
  • Telling the time
  • Numbers 31-100
  • School subjects & opinions
  • Describing school day
  • Present tense

Term 3

  • Places in town
  • Directions
  • Clothes
  • Shopping for clothes

Year 8 French

(3 lessons per cycle French + 2 lessons per cycle Spanish or German)

In year 8 French, students will continue to build upon their skills and knowledge gained in year 7; learning a language is a cumulative process and grammatical knowledge and vocabulary should be re-visited and applied in different contexts to ensure long-term learning takes place. Year 8 will lay the foundations for the GCSE course in terms of the introduction of key grammatical structures, including verb tenses.

Furthermore, in year 8, students will begin a second modern foreign language (Spanish or German). Although this does result in students having reduced time for French, it will give students the opportunity to spot similarities and differences between the two languages, as well as their own language. It will also give them a wider choice when they choose their option subjects in year 9. Furthermore, students will realise that all skills developed in one language are transferable to the other language.

French

Knowledge

Students will know the following linguistic and grammatical knowledge:

  • Year 7 knowledge
  • Other key present tense verbs in 1st person relevant to the contexts below (e.g. je lis, je prends)
  • Negatives (ne..pas/jamais)
  • Perfect tense (avoir, common etre, common irregular past participles)
  • Near future tense
  • Partitive article
  • An increasing range of connectives, time sequencers, time expressions, adjectives and intensifiers, and an awareness that using a variety will add interest to their work

Contexts

  • Media & Technology
  • Free time activities
  • Sports
  • Weather
  • Visiting Paris/tourist destination
  • Tourist Information
  • Food & drink

Skills

Students will be able to:

  • Speak with accurate pronunciation and use knowledge of phonemes to work out pronunciation of unfamiliar words.
  • Ask and answer questions, and take part in a longer conversation, with some spontaneity.
  • Produce longer (40-90 words), accurate texts on familiar contexts from memory, with an awareness of creativity.
  • Translate short texts between English and target language
  • Write with accurate punctuation.
  • Add details and more varied vocab to their work, using vocabulary from different contexts
  • Express opinions, with a range of reasons in extended sentences using a range of connectives
  • Use resources e.g. ex book, textbook to check accuracy of work.
  • Respond to teacher feedback by improving their work through error correction and adding extra detail, with a greater degree of independence.
  • Read/listen and understand the gist and some detail of longer, more complex and unfamiliar spoken and written language

Term 1

  • TV programmes
  • Films
  • Books
  • Using the internet
  • Sports & games
  • Free time activities
  • Weather

Term 2

  • Holidays
  • Tourist information
  • Countries
  • Transport
  • Perfect tense

Term 3

  • Food & drink
  • Meals
  • Shopping for food & drink
  • Going to a restaurant

Year 9 French

(3 lessons per cycle French + 2 lessons per cycle Spanish or German)

Having been introduced to the perfect, present and near future tenses during years 7 and 8 French lessons, in year 9 the focus is practice, consolidation, and embedment of this knowledge. It is vital that students can retrieve it and apply it across various contexts, with a greater focus on memory, and accuracy. Furthermore, during year 9, greater emphasis will be placed on students learning to write with greater sophistication in terms of variety and complexity commensurate with GCSE standards. Our experience has shown us that the majority of students are ready for this challenge, and those who require further support will receive it in their lessons.

In year 9, students study 3/4 sub-topics from theme 1 of the GCSE course (Identity and Culture). There is a greater emphasis on the skills required for the GCSE including role plays, photo cards, and responding to GCSE style writing questions. Students also begin to draft and improve general conversation answers which they will carry forward into year 10. These form the basis of FAR marking.

Students also continue with the same second language (Spanish or German).

French

Knowledge

Students will know the following linguistic and grammatical knowledge:

  • Year 7 knowledge
  • Year 8 knowledge
  • Use of time markers to improve precision when referring to past, present or future
  • A wide range of connectives, time sequencers, time expressions, adjectives and intensifiers
  • Mrs Vandertramp – etre verbs

Contexts

  • Self, family & friends
  • Technology in everyday life
  • Free time activities

Skills

Students will be able to:

  • Speak with accurate pronunciation, including more complex and unfamiliar words, using knowledge of phonemes
  • React spontaneously to questions on familiar contexts, and extend answers producing extended sentences in speech.
  • Produce longer, accurate texts (90-150 words) on familiar contexts from memory, applying and adapting language, and being creative with ideas.
  • Translate short texts between English and target language with increasing grammatical accuracy
  • Use QUACNOTT to ensure that their work includes a variety of vocab and complex structures by systematically checking, improving and re-drafting it.
  • Express opinions, with a range of reasons in extended sentences using a wider range of connectives
  • Begin to transcribe accurately in target language
  • Use resources e.g. ex book, textbook to check accuracy of work.
  • Respond to teacher feedback by improving their work through error correction and adding extra detail independently

Become confident reading and listening to longer, more complex and unfamiliar spoken and written language, and understanding the gist and detail.

Term 1

  • GCSE Theme 1
  • Identity & Culture
  • Self, Family & Friends

Term 2

  • GCSE Theme 1
  • Identity & Culture
  • Free Time Activities

Term 3

  • GCSE Theme 1
  • Identity & Culture
  • Technology in Everyday Life

Year 8/9 Spanish

Knowledge
Students will know the following linguistic and grammatical knowledge:

  • Key phonemes
  • Articles
  • Possessive adjectives (my & your)
  • Adjective position & agreement
  • Regular ar, er & ir verbs in present tense
  • Hacer & jugar in present tense
  • Key irregular verbs in present tense (ser, tener)
  • Opinion verbs + infinitive
  • Basic connectives, time sequencers and intensifiers
  • Hay

Context

  • Meeting & greeting
  • Free time (including weather)
  • Family & descriptions
  • School
  • Where I live (house & town)

Skills

Students will be able to:

  • Speak with accurate pronunciation of familiar words.
  • Ask and answer questions, and take part in a short conversation.
  • Produce a short, accurate text on familiar contexts from memory.
  • Write with accurate punctuation.
  • Begin to add details and more varied vocab to their work (e.g. some basic intensifiers & time sequencers).
  • Express opinions, with some reasons in extended sentences using connectives
  • Use resources e.g. ex book, textbook to check accuracy of work.
  • Respond to teacher feedback by improving their work through error correction and adding extra detail, with guidance.
  • Use strategies to help understand unfamiliar language e.g. looking/listening for cognates and key words.

Year 8 Term 1

  • Classroom language
  • Greetings
  • Age & birthday
  • Alphabet
  • Character adjectives
  • Brothers & sisters
  • Pets
  • Colours

Year 8 Term 2

  • Free time activities
  • Sports & games
  • Days of week
  • Weather

Year 8 Term 3

  • School subjects
  • Opinions & reasons
  • Description of school & facilities

Year 9 Term 1

  • Talking about break time
  • Food & drink
  • Uniform & clothes

Year 9 Term 2

  • Members of family
  • Numbers 31-100
  • Description
  • Describing where you live, areas and types of dwellings, adjectives, rooms in the house

Year 9 Term 3

  • Places in town
  • Ordering food & drink in a café/restaurant

Year 8/9 German

Knowledge

Students will know the following linguistic and grammatical knowledge:

  • Key phonemes
  • Articles
  • Pronouns
  • Plurals
  • Possessive adjectives – words for my
  • Regular verbs in present tense
  • Haben and sein in present tense
  • Key irregular verbs in present tense e.g. fahren and sehen
  • Using ‘gern’ to express opinions
  • Basic connectives, time sequencers and intensifiers
  • Word order with ‘weil’
  • Word order (verb second idea)
  • Prepositions (changing the article)
  • Modal verbs (können and dürfen)

Contexts

  • Meeting & greeting
  • Family & descriptions
  • Free time
  • School
  • Places in town

Skills
Students will be able to:

  • Speak with accurate pronunciation of familiar words.
  • Ask and answer questions, and take part in a short conversation.
  • Produce a short, accurate text on familiar contexts from memory.Write with accurate punctuation.
  • Begin to add details and more varied vocab to their work (e.g. some basic intensifiers & time sequencers).
  • Express opinions, with some reasons in extended sentences using connectives
  • Use resources e.g. ex book, textbook to check accuracy of work.
  • Respond to teacher feedback by improving their work through error correction and adding extra detail, with guidance.
  • Use strategies to help understand unfamiliar language e.g. looking/listening for cognates and key words.

Year 8 Term 1

  • Classroom language
  • Greetings
  • Name & age
  • Numbers 1-20
  • Alphabet
  • Character adjectives
  • Favourite things

Year 8 Term 2

  • Pets
  • More adjectives
  • Family members
  • Colours
  • Days of week
  • Months
  • Numbers 20-100

Year 8 Term 3

  • Free time
  • Sports & hobbies
  • Opinion words

Year 9 Term 1

  • Opinions of hobbies (continued from Y8)
  • Free time activities
  • Time phrases
  • Online activities

Year 9 Term 2

  • School subjects
  • Opinions and reasons
  • Days of the week
  • Time
  • Descriptions of teachers

Year 9 Term 3

  • Places in town
  • Shopping and snacks

Why study a language?

The French, German and Spanish courses will be of interest to those who wish to develop the ability to use language effectively for the purpose of practical communication. Learning a language is fun and great for building confidence too.

As well as language skills, students will learn a wide variety of transferable skills, highly valued by employers and universities. These include communication skills, problem solving skills, team work and the ability to be flexible and cope in difficult situations. Furthermore, they will have the opportunity to learn about other cultures and the people of the country/countries where the language is spoken.

The GCSE specification for all three languages includes a wide variety of topics relevant to young people today, including:

Theme 1 Identity & Culture

  • Me, my family & friends
  • Technology in everyday life
  • Free-time activities
  • Customs & festivals

Theme 2 Local, National, International & Global Areas of Interest

  • Home, town, neighbourhood & region
  • Social issues
  • Global issues
  • Travel & tourism

Theme 3 Current & Future Study & Employment

  • My studies
  • Life at school/college
  • Education post-16
  • Jobs, career choices & ambitions

Assessment

Students complete assessments in the following four components:

  • Listening – 25%
  • Reading – 25%
  • Writing – 25%
  • Speaking – 25%

All components are assessed by examination, to be taken in the summer of Year 11. Students are entered for Foundation or Higher tier depending on their ability.

French

Year 10 Term 1

  • GCSE Theme 1 - Identity & Culture
  • Customs & Festivals

Year 10 Term 2

  • GCSE Theme 2 - Local, National, International & Global Areas of Interest
  • Home Town, Neighbourhood & Region
  • Travel & Tourism

Year 10 Term 3

  • GCSE Theme 2 - Local, National, International & Global Areas of Interest
  • Social Issues & Global Issues

Year 11 Term 1

  • GCSE Theme 3 - Current & Future Study & Employment
  • My Studies & Life at School

Year 11 Term 2

  • GCSE Theme 3 - Current & Future Study & Employment
  • Jobs, Career Choices & Ambitions

Year 11 Term 3

Revision & Exam Preparation

German

Year 10 Term 1

  • GCSE Theme 1 - Identity & Culture
  • Self, Family & Friends
  • Free Time Activities

Year 10 Term 2

  • GCSE Theme 1 - Identity & Culture
  • Free Time Activities (continued)
  • Technology in Everyday Life

Year 10 Term 3

  • GCSE Theme 1 - Identity & Culture
  • Customs & Festivals
  • GCSE Theme 2 - Local, National, International & Global Areas of Interest
  • Home Town, Neighbourhood & Region

Year 11 Term 1

  • GCSE Theme 2 - Local, National, International & Global Areas of Interest
  • Travel & Tourism
  • Social Issues & Global Issues

Year 11 Term 2

  • GCSE Theme 3 - Current & Future Study & Employment
  • My Studies & Life at School
  • Jobs, Career Choices & Ambitions

Year 11 Term 3

Revision & Exam Preparation

Spanish

Year 10 Term 1

  • GCSE Theme 1 - Identity & Culture
  • Self, Family & Friends
  • Free Time Activities

Year 10 Term 2

  • GCSE Theme 1 - Identity & Culture
  • Free Time Activities (continued)
  • Technology in Everyday Life

Year 10 Term 3

  • GCSE Theme 1 - Identity & Culture
  • Customs & Festivals
  • GCSE Theme 2 - Local, National, International & Global Areas of Interest
  • Home Town, Neighbourhood & Region

Year 11 Term 1

  • GCSE Theme 2 - Local, National, International & Global Areas of Interest
  • Travel & Tourism
  • Social Issues & Global Issues

Year 11 Term 2

  • GCSE Theme 3 - Current & Future Study & Employment
  • My Studies & Life at School
  • Jobs, Career Choices & Ambitions

Year 11 Term 3

Revision & Exam Preparation

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