Modern Foreign Languages

  Head of Department: Mrs G Velasco

  velascog@maghullhigh.com

Key Stage 3 Summary

Year 7

All pupils study Spanish. Pupils are taught a range of topics focusing on developing the four key skill areas (listening, speaking, reading & writing). We also aim to develop the ability to respond to and produce language spontaneously. Pupils study the following topics during Year 7:

 Module 1 - Self, family and others

 Module 2 – Home and hometown 

 Module 3 - School

Formal assessments of skill areas take place at the end of each module. Fortnightly vocabulary study is set on Memrise to encourage pupils to develop the ability to learn and retain language. Pupils are encouraged to make use of free, commercial aps to further develop their language across a range of topic areas to build vocabulary. They will start a reading scheme in the third term to start reading for pleasure.  Pupils are taught in mixed ability groups.

Year 8

All pupils continue with the study of Spanish. Pupils are taught a range of topics focusing on further developing the four key skill areas (listening, speaking, reading & writing). We also aim to further develop the ability to respond to and produce language spontaneously. Pupils study the following topics in Year 8:

 Module 1 -  Sports & Free Time

 Module 2 - Food, drink and healthy eating

 Module 3 - Home and home town 

Weekly vocabulary study is set on Memrise to encourage pupils to develop the ability to learn and retain language. There are the topic areas of Year 7 to review and the new topic areas taught as well as more general topic areas to encourage independent study. Pupils are taught in ability groups based on performance at the end of Year 7 (subject to review following each modular assessment).

Key Stage 4  

Year 9

Pupils build on the work of Key stage 2 and 3 as they start their three-year AQA GCSE course. 

Pupils will study the groundwork of the GCSE scheme of work during Year 9: (the module numbers refer to the order of study, the unit number is the AQA scheme number) 

Module 1 - 8.1 Holidays and travel

Module 2 -  1.1 Relationships with family and friends     1.2 Marriage and partnership

Module 3  - 2.1 Social Media  2.2 Mobile technology 

Module 4 - 3.2 Food and eating out

Module 5 - 4.1 Spain and customs 8.2 Regions of Spain 4.2 Festivals in Spain and Hispanic countries

Module 6 - 6.1 Charity and voluntary work   6.2 Healthy and unhealthy living

Module 7 - 7.1 Environment      7.2 poverty and Homelessness  

Weekly vocabulary study is set on Memrise set to encourage pupils to develop the ability to learn and retain language. They also complete a minimum of one weekly reader in the departmental reading scheme. Homework will also be in the form of written assignments and practice and preparation of speaking tasks.

Year 10

In the second year of study at GCSE pupils will start to deepen their understanding of grammar and develop greater language skills. They will develop their skills to produce language in speaking and writing and improve their reading and listening skills through practice. 

The topics of work will cover both Foundation and Higher tiers across the scheme of work.

Module 1 - Unit 1.1 Relationships with family and friends     1.2 Marriage and partnership

Module 2 -  Unit 2 .1 Spain and customs 4.2 Festivals in Spain and Hispanic countries

Module 3 - Unit 5 Home, town, neighbourhood and region

Module 4 - Unit 6 - Social issues

Module 5 - 7.1 Environment      7.2 poverty and Homelessness

Weekly vocabulary study is set on Memrise to encourage pupils to develop the ability to learn and retain language. Pupils will also be encouraged to complete online listening and reading practice tests. They also complete a minimum of one weekly reader in the departmental reading scheme. . Homework will also be in the form of written assignments and practice and preparation of speaking tasks.

Year 11

Speaking and writing are no longer assessed through controlled assessments: they are now given an equal weighting of 25% and will be assessed in their final, summer term exams. All four skills are now tested with a terminal exam 

Pupils in Year 11 will study :-

Term 1  Unit 8 Tourism: holidays and tourism   

              Units 9 & 10 school   

              Unit 11 Current and future study

Term 2 Unit 12 Current and future study

Revision of units of work and full skills practice. 

Post-16 Summary

Year 12

The A-level specification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills gained at GCSE. It is an integrated study with a focus on language, culture and society. It fosters a range of transferable skills including communication, critical thinking, research skills and creativity, which are valuable to the individual and society. 

The content is suitable for students who wish to progress to employment or to further study, including a modern languages degree. Our principal aim for Year 12 is to help make the transition from GCSE to A level developing a full range of language skills and knowledge, to achieve the highest possible grades at the end of KS 5.  Students follow the AQA A Level specification. ( A detailed description of the A level can be found in this link: 6th Form handbook)

The following topics are studied at A Level:-

Social issues and trends

1 Aspects of Hispanic society

 2 Multiculturalism in Hispanic society

Political and artistic culture

1 Artistic culture in the Hispanic world

2 Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world

Grammar

 Options

Works: Literary texts and films Over the two years of study students study La Casa de Bernarda Alba by Federico Garcia Lorca and the Amoldóvar film, ‘Volver’. They choose a cultural topic to prepare for the final spoken and written exams in Year 13. 

All Sixth Form Students benefit from at least of one hour a week timetabled with our Spanish Foreign Language Assistant during which they will develop their spoken fluency through interaction with a native speaker.

Students are encouraged to maintain a thorough, continual pursuit of independent language study (referenced in the handbook). They have the opportunity to borrow film and reading material. They should use online access to media in a variety of forms to expand their language experience. 

  6th Form handbook

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