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Programme of Study

Year 7

In Year 7 pupils study Spanish for five hours per fortnight, following the national curriculum programme of study for languages.  We aim to develop a range of language learning skills throughout the year consolidating the skills learned at primary school.  We are aware that pupils may have had varied experience of language learning in their primary school.  Pupils are introduced to a wide variety of texts and activities, following an integrated programme of speaking and listening, reading and writing. Teachers use a range of working styles, from small groups to paired and individual activities. All classes have regular access to a language laboratory where they practise their skills in speaking and listening.  The school subscribes to a range of languages websites which pupils can access from home.  By the end of the year, pupils will have a range of vocabulary and, with some support, be able to use simple spoken and written language to communicate with each other. By the time they begin their GCSE course, we wish pupils to be able to work independently, so in Year 7 we begin to teach key skills and strategies (such as phonics) to support them.  In addition to the language content, pupils learn about everyday life in Spain, as well as some Spanish traditions and customs.

Assessment

Pupil progress in the four language skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing are assessed throughout the year. All four skills will be assessed each term. Pupils will have the opportunity to review their learning and set themselves appropriate targets to ensure they make progress. It is expected that pupils in Year 7 will work within national curriculum levels 1-4.

Homework

Pupils receive one piece of written homework and one piece of learning homework, totalling one hour of home study per fortnight. This may be research, reading activities, preparation for spoken tasks, some written work or vocabulary learning.

 

Year 8

In Year 8 pupils study languages for five lessons per fortnight, following the national curriculum programme of study for languages.  Pupils in sets 1 and 2 in each band study Spanish for three lessons and French for two lessons.  All other pupils study Spanish for five lessons.

Pupils are introduced to a wide variety of texts and activities, following an integrated programme of speaking and listening, reading and writing. Teachers use a range of working styles, from small groups to paired and individual activities. All classes have regular access to a language laboratory where they practise their speaking and listening skills.  The school subscribes to a range of language websites which pupils can access from home.  Pupils practise speaking in small groups with the Foreign Language Assistant.  By the end of the year, pupils will have a range of vocabulary and, with some support, be able to use simple spoken and written language to communicate with each other. By the time they begin their GCSE course, we wish pupils to be able to work independently, so in Year 8 we teach key skills and strategies such as phonics to support them.

In addition to the language content, pupils learn about everyday life in Spain and France, as well as some Spanish and French traditions and customs.

Assessment

Pupils’ progress in the language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing are assessed throughout the year. All four skills will be assessed each term. Pupils will have the opportunity to review their learning and set themselves appropriate targets to ensure they make progress. It is expected that pupils in Year 8 will work within National Curriculum levels 3-5; Gifted and Talented pupils may achieve level 6.

Homework

Pupils can expect to receive one piece of written homework and one piece of learning homework totalling 60-75 minutes of home study per fortnight. This may be research, reading activities, preparation for spoken tasks, some written work or vocabulary learning.

Enrichment

Visits abroad are invaluable in terms of improving your son’s or daughter’s linguistic potential and increasing his or her motivation to learn languages.  Pupils are invited to take part in a visit to Paris in the summer term of Year 8.

 

Year 9

In Year 9 pupils study Spanish for five lessons per fortnight, following the National curriculum programme of study for languages. Pupils have the opportunity to learn a second foreign language to GCSE in French. 

We aim to consolidate pupils’ language learning skills in Year 9. Teachers will use a range of working styles, from small groups to paired and individual activities continuing an integrated programme of speaking and listening, reading and writing.  Pupils will also have the opportunity to work more independently from the teacher. Studying more complex texts, pupils will have an excellent grounding in grammar and be able to produce more sophisticated pieces of work. By the end of Year 9, pupils will have an established vocabulary and be able to use spoken and written language to communicate with each other confidently. They will be able to see links and patterns in language and be able to decipher unfamiliar vocabulary for themselves. There will be further opportunities for them to read independently in the foreign language.  All classes have regular access to a language laboratory where they practise their speaking and listening.  The school subscribes to a range of languages websites which pupils can access from home.  Pupils also practise speaking in small groups with the Foreign Language Assistant.

In addition to the common course content, pupils will have the opportunity to learn about everyday life in Spain as well as some Spanish traditions and customs.

Assessment

Pupil progress in the language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing are assessed throughout the year. Year 9 assessments in are preparation for the GCSE controlled assessments in speaking and writing. Pupils will have the opportunity to review their learning and set themselves appropriate targets to ensure they make progress. It is expected that pupils in Year 9 will work within national curriculum levels 4-6; gifted and talented pupils may achieve level 7.

Homework

Pupils can expect to receive 60 to 90 minutes of homework per fortnight. This may be research, reading activities, preparation for spoken tasks, some written work or vocabulary learning.

Enrichment

Visits abroad are invaluable in terms of improving your son’s or daughter’s linguistic potential and increasing his or her motivation to learn languages.  Pupils are invited to take part in a visit to Barcelona in the summer term of Year 9.

 

Years 10 and 11

Pupils studying language within a range of topics which can be broadly categorised under the following headings: At Home and Abroad; Personal and Social Information; Education and Work and Everyday Situations. As part of GCSE courses pupils ‘revisit’ topics previously studied but look at them in greater detail. Pupils will have regular access to a language laboratory and will work in small groups with our full-time languages teaching assistants.

Assessment

Each language skill contributes towards the GCSE final grade as follows: listening 20%, speaking 30%, reading 20%, writing 30%.  Skills in listening and reading are examined as a terminal examination at the end of Year 11; speaking and writing are assessed by means of controlled assessments throughout the course. Pupils produce at least two pieces of written and spoken work in the target language in controlled conditions at school.

Homework

Pupils can expect to receive 90-120 minutes of homework per fortnight in Years 10 and 11.  This may be reading activities, written work, vocabulary learning and preparation for speaking or writing assessments.

Home Support

The greatest support a parent can give to our subject is to reinforce the message of how vitally important it is to learn a modern foreign language in terms of being able to truly appreciate a different culture, developing the young mind and improving employment prospects.

A wide vocabulary is vital for success in language learning, particularly for the listening and reading examinations, therefore vocabulary learning is set regularly for homework. Pupils will also have to prepare for controlled assessments in speaking and writing and pupils can help with their learning.

To help with preparation for listening and reading examinations, revision workbooks and revision guides recommended by the Edexel examining body are available for pupils to purchase.

 

Recommended Language Learning Websites

www.atantot.com

www.mflgames.co.uk

www.lcfclubs.com

www.linguascope.com

www.ashcombe.surrey.sch.uk

www.zut.org.uk

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/

www.free-translator.com

 

Home Support

The greatest support a parent can give to our subject is to reinforce the message of how vitally important it is to learn a modern foreign language in terms of being able to truly appreciate a different culture, developing the young mind and improving employment prospects.

A wide vocabulary is vital for success in language learning. You may support your son or daughter with homework by testing him or her on words learnt in class. Although the ‘look, cover, write and check’ method works well, pupils are encouraged to try out different learning techniques. We will explore a variety of techniques in lessons, so please ask your son or daughter about these. We will build on phonics work so that pupils are able to pronounce words accurately and there will be a greater focus on grammar. Pupils may have practice exercises for homework to consolidate their learning.

If you have time, allowing yourself to be ‘taught’ what your son or daughter has learnt that week in class is very helpful, particularly if you have some knowledge of the language.

Mary Glasgow magazines are available for pupils to use, accompanied by an audio CD.  These help to develop a love of language learning, encourage our pupils to read for pleasure and enhance language skills.   The articles are appropriate for the level of learning and contain contemporary material.

 

How the languages department actively promotes British values

 The languages department at Cardinal Heenan actively promotes mutual respect, diversity and plurality.  By gaining an appreciation of countries where the studied language is spoken, pupils are encouraged to reflect on other cultures and ways of life and embrace socio-cultural and economic differences and contexts.  This helps to ensure that pupils remain open to the world around them and have a better grasp of the links and connections between countries and societies.  This in turn emphasises the need for tolerance and justice.  Through their studies, our pupils come to value the rule of law and democratic systems enjoyed by European countries (and countries further afield), despite the varied customs, festivals and national characteristics that makes every society unique.

 

Departmental and Language College Activities

Educational Visits and Cultural Links


Each year, the Department organises educational visits to Spain and France; in addition, visits to the WW1 battlefields of northern France are a joint venture with the school's History department.

Since designation as a Language College in 2003, we have continued and developed links with schools and colleges further afield - Tiruvannamalai (India), Stockholm, Brno (Czech Republic), Mexico, El Salvador, and Benin (Africa). Thanks for our link with a school in Japan, we had an extremely successful visit to Hiroshima in October 2007. However, the main purpose of these links is to promote the sharing of cultural awareness and inter-cultural understanding; our success has been recognised by The British Council - we now have full International Schools' Award status.

Closer to home, we also organise a wide range of Language College events for pupils at Key Stages 3 and 4. These include visits from guest speakers and theatre groups, and language- and culture-based activities at local schools, universities, hotels and businesses.

 

GCSE French/Spanish


Board:  Edexcel   Subject Codes:  Spanish 2SP1; French 2FR00

 

Assessment Overview

Listening Exam
End of course Exam - 25% of total exam mark
Questions in both French/Spanish and English 35m (F) 45m (H) + 5 mins reading time.

Speaking Exam
End of course Exam - 25% of total exam mark
Role-play, picture-based discussion, conversation on 2 themes 7-9m (F) 10-12m (H) + 12 mins prep.

Reading Exam
End of course Exam - 25% of total exam mark
Questions in both French/Spanish and English and French/Spanish to English translation 45m (F) 1hr (H).

Writing Exam
End of course Exam - 25% of total exam mark
3 (F) or 2 (H) open response questions (extended paragraphs) and English to French/Spanish translation 1h10m (F) 1h20m (H).
N.B. Pupils must be entered for one tier for all 4 components.


Themes and Topics

Questions across all four language skills are set in common contexts, addressing a range of relevant contemporary and
cultural themes. They are organised into five themes, each broken down into topics and sub-topics.
The five themes are:

  • Identity and culture
  • Local area, holiday and travel
  • School
  • Future aspirations, study and work
  • International and global dimension.

All themes and topics must be studied in the context of both the students’ home country and that of countries and communities
where Spanish is spoken.


Recommended revision texts

Edexel Revision Workbook and Revision Guide (available from school)
Collins Easy Learning Dictionary (available from school £7.00)
Edexcel French course book and Edexcel F/H
Edexcel Spanish course book and Edexcel F/H


Tips for Parents

Places of interest/events to visit connected with syllabus
School Language Lab. Available for independent study every lunchtime
French and Spanish assistants on hand to help in class and at lunchtimes
Participate in visits abroad.
Write to pen friends.
Make use of the vocabulary guides issued to pupils for regular vocabulary tests.

 

Helpful websites

www.duolingo.com
www.vocabexpress.com
www.linguascope.co.uk
www.espanol-extra.co.uk

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